Aboriginal Research

Faculty of Education

Aboriginal Research

What does the Centre do?
The Centre’s activities will include creating research training and support for Aboriginal students and opportunities for Aboriginal and non-aboriginal scholars as well as a speaker series, colloquia, conferences, the sharing of resources, knowledge, collaborative research proposals and to generally foster intra-institutional communications relevant to Aboriginal issues, values, knowledge, experience and the contributions of Aboriginal peoples globally.

How are Undergraduate and Graduate Students involved?
The Centre is committed to making a significant contribution in the development of the next generation of Aboriginal researchers and scholars. This commitment is achieved through three strategic initiatives. Connecting Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate students to training opportunities in Aboriginal research ethics/methodologies, support to access research funding and the latest software developments relevant to research etc. encouraging a wider conception of Aboriginal research and scholarship by connecting undergraduate and graduate students to local, national and international speaker series, colloquia and conferences. Finally, providing hands-on opportunities for Aboriginal graduate students to participate in the Centre research projects through graduate internships.

How can Aboriginal peoples get involved with the Tecumseh Centre?
The Centre welcomes any inquiry from Aboriginal peoples, communities, service providers with a research interest in their disciplines. Contact us and let’s talk!

For more information about Aboriginal Research at the Tecumseh Centre contact:

Susan Sydor
Interim Director
T 905 688 5550 x5989
E ssydor@brocku.ca
Why was the Centre created?
Aboriginal people are experiencing a revolution of consciousness, a revolution of knowing were the excesses and failures of the colonial project are connected to contemporary realities. This revolution does not represent a series of small incremental steps but is a massive, sweeping expansion of consciousness that leads to the enterprise, intellectual property; methodologies that are grounded in culture as well as meaningful community involvement are understood to be critical to that end. This revolution of consciousness has not been an isolated reality within the Aboriginal community alone.

After a year of extensive consultation involving the Aboriginal community the Social Science and Humanities Research Council recently adopted a new strategic theme that signals a significant paradigm shift in relation to Aboriginal research. The underlying motive of this shift is best capture in the thrust of the associated discussion paper: more research by and with Aboriginal peoples-not more research on or for Aboriginal peoples. This new direction will be actuated through various administrative measures and new programming designed to strengthen Aboriginal research across the Tri-Council which will in turn significantly change the research culture in Canada to better reflect Aboriginal cultural norms and address contemporary needs. Universities that align their research enterprise with this new paradigm will play a key role in the early unfolding of this new paradigm.

The Centre is the place where growing numbers of Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate scholars create inter-supportive networks, seek out support and training as they envision their research, their place in the struggle to promote healthy communities. It is the place where Aboriginal community and University researchers from many disciplines, guided by Aboriginal peoples, offer their expertise to our communities, and through that experience build a deeper understanding for the needs of Aboriginal communities. It is the place where the idea of research is demystified and connected to educational programming and the potential for change is trans-planted into community. It is the place where Aboriginal theory is discussed, crafted, and enacted for the benefit of our communities. The Tecumseh Centre is a place of being, becoming, and a place of convergence.

Ministry of Education

Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Policy Framework