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Mi'kmaq & Indigenous Studies: Research Methodologies

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The Value of Research - Canada’s Residential Schools: Reconciliation

Quotes from The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Volume 6  [emphasis added]

The TRC "believes that many Aboriginal communities want and need more opportunities to work with their Elders and Knowledge Keepers in order to learn about and use their own legal traditions. Developing collaborative community-based research and learning, sharing best practices, and producing educa- tional resources on Indigenous law will ensure long-term support for communities in achieving this goal" (2015, p.75).

Research is vital to reconciliation. It provides insights and practical examples of why and how educating Canadians about the diverse concepts, principles, and prac- tices of reconciliation contributes to healing and transformative social change.

The benefits of research extend beyond addressing the legacy of residential schools. Research on the reconciliation process can inform how Canadian society can mitigate intercultural conflicts, strengthen civic trust, and build social capacity and practical skills for long-term reconciliation. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples have an especially strong contribution to make to this work.

Research partnerships between universities and communities or organizations are fruitful collaborations and can provide the necessary structure to document, analyze, and report research findings on reconciliation for a broader audience. (2015, p.126)

Calls to action:

(65) We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi- year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.


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