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Knowledge mobility—researcher/community agency collaboration: Pragmatic examples about reciprocal Indigenous.. Hill, Donna 2009-04-30

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UBC NEXUS CONFERENCE APRIL, 2009 KNOWLEDGE MOBILITY—RESEARCHER/COMMUNITY AGENCY COLLABORATION: PRAGMATIC EXAMPLES ABOUT RECIPROCAL INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMSDonna Hill - Hon. BA, MA, PhD StudentFaculty of Education, University of British ColumbiaPresentation 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 academicliterature and making them useful to a community and/or community agency …� Purpose: to mobilize knowledge to a community settingWhat 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 harmoniousWhat 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 organizations1. Class Assignment: An Indigenous    Knowledge Mobilization ProjectProject 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 literature4. 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 Improvements2. Creating Collaborative Relationships  Between Researcher and Community3. 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 knowledgeKnowledge 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 agenciesAcknowledgements� 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 SocietyThank You! Questions and Comments ?


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