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Knowledge mobility—researcher/community agency collaboration: Pragmatic examples about reciprocal Indigenous… Hill, Donna 2009-04

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UBC NEXUS CONFERENCE  APRIL, 2009  KNOWLEDGE MOBILITY—RESEARCHER/COMMUNITY AGENCY COLLABORATION: PRAGMATIC EXAMPLES ABOUT RECIPROCAL INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS Donna Hill -  Hon. BA, MA, PhD Student Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia Presentation Objective … To briefly explore three Indigenous Knowledge Mobilization  projects as an example of how academic knowledge can be made accessible and relevant to community agencies and their clients. What is Knowledge Mobilization? … A synthesis of key concepts from academic literature and making them useful to a community and/or community agency … … Purpose: to mobilize knowledge to a community setting What is Indigenous Knowledge? … Indigenous Knowledge includes: † Intergenerational (Elders’  teachings ) † Hands-on, experiential † Relationship with the environment (specifically, land and one another) † Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual aspects of life are interconnected † Dynamic and fluid † Holistic, balanced, and harmonious What is Indigenous Knowledge Mobilization? … Developing a summary of key concepts in the literature about Indigenous Knowledge and presenting it in ways useful to Indigenous /Aboriginal community organizations 1. Class Assignment: An Indigenous Knowledge Mobilization Project Project Overview: 1.  Summarize key concepts in the academic literature about Indigenous women’s health 2.  Apply Indigenous health knowledge literature  to a local Indigenous Women’s Wellness program 3.  Make recommendations for the Indigenous Women’s Wellness program based on our findings in the literature 4.  Written Report (cut, copy, paste for future proposals) {Co-author: Alycia Fridkin, PhD Student} Application to an Indigenous Women’s Wellness program {Doctoral Study: Honouring Relationships} … Reciprocity: giving back more than you took away … Assisting Warriors Against Violence Society (focusing on community needs and expertise, not researcher “expertise”) „ Surveying Literature (Domestic Violence, Correctional Services Canada, Fund-Raising, Women/Ministry Relations) „ Grant Writing, Funding Proposals, „ Policy Awareness and Possible Improvements 2. Creating Collaborative Relationships Between Researcher and Community 3. UBC Learning Exchange: Community-  Student Relationships … Reading-Week Project with Vancouver Native Health Society’s ADAPT Program (Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Prevention and Teaching) … My Role? – Student Project Leader … Project Aim and Outcome: 7 food and nutrition students made an artistic and interactive display board and put on a luncheon for 30 staff members “We finally get it—it’s not about the poster...” “It’s about the people!” Knowledge Mobilization: Benefits • Building relationships • Making research relevant and accessible • Communities and researchers benefit from research • Power Shift (Community as Expert) • Emphasizes community- based academic literature • Attempts to avoid • misappropriation of knowledge Knowledge Mobilization: Challenges … Not always complete collaboration (re: Project #1 was a class assignment and not community-led) … Ownership of literature remains within university libraries and secured online journals … Inconsistent concepts/key terms used between scholars, their literature, and community agencies Acknowledgements … Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, UBC Associate Dean of Indigenous Studies … Colleague, Alycia Fridkin … UBC Reading-Break Team … UBC Funding Opportunities for Students … Vancouver Native Health Society … Warriors against Violence Society Thank You! Questions and Comments ?  


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