ACTIVE RESEARCH IN THE AGE OF RECONCILIATION: A RELATIONSHIP-BASED APPROACH FOR NON-INDIGENOUS RESEARCHERS

Robert Carreau, Daniel B. Robinson

Abstract


This article recounts a five-year journey connecting Acadian and Mi’kmaw schools in Nova Scotia, Canada. We trace the unfolding of relationships between minority school students and administrators through both natural and semi-structured dialogues. We believe this work contributes to the emerging field of research called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, TRC (2015) “to advance understanding of reconciliation” (p. 331). Drawing upon Battiste (2000), our research design represents a journey in the four directions of the Medicine Wheel. This journey is superimposed on an action research cycle. Three primary recommendations are offered for future research, whether it is collaborative, community-based, or for independent academic requirements.

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ISSN 1925-7147

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