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Anishinaabe re-searcher Dr. Kathy Absolon coined the term “re-search” to describe how Indigenous re-searchers re-theorize and re-create methodologies.

Indigenous knowledge resurgence is being informed by taking a second look at how re-search is grounded. Dr. Absolon consciously adds an emphasis on re with a hyphen as a process of recovery of Kaandossiwin and Indigenous re-search.

Understanding Indigenous methodologies as guided by Indigenous paradigms, worldviews, principles, processes and contexts, Absolon argues that they are wholistic, relational, inter-relational and interdependent with Indigenous philosophies, beliefs and ways of life.

Re-Search Projects

Community Feast  &  Social

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In partnership with several local, Indigenous organizations, this event was intended to celebrate and unite Elders, Knowledge Keepers, educators, students, community organizations and community members within the Region of Waterloo. 

                              Elder & Knowledge Keeper Conference

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This two-day gathering, titled After Canada 150:  Restoring Indigenous Knowledge and Building Community Connections,  was designed with several, local Indigenous organizations to facilitate rich cross-fertilization of Indigenous knowledge between communities and the academy. Through the art of storytelling, this knowledge is transferred from the keeper of the story to the people. 

    Trouble in the Garden

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In partnership with Laurier's Indigenous Student Centre (known as, "Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik"), the Centre for Indigegogy opened a film screening and panel discussion to the public. Hosted by adoptees and foster care survivors, the event was intended to discuss the genocidal politics of the child welfare system and their impact on the Indigenous community; both past and present.

Film Synopsis:

"Bailed out of jail and taken in by her estranged brother, an Indigenous protestor and her adoptive family reckon with betrayal -- of love, land and blood."

Decolonizing Journeys: Event & Social

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Over the course of three years, the Centre for Indigegogy partnered with York University, Memorial University, Toronto Metropolitan University, University of Guelph and the Re-Vision Lab to develop the “Decolonizing Journeys: Learning about Decolonizing Through Indigenous Research and Digital Story Work” project. The project consistent of nineteen (19) digital stories from Indigenous and non-Indigenous storytellers and alumni of the Decolonizing Education Certificate, detailing their journeys through decolonization

Contact Us:

Giselle Dias MSW, PhD (ABD), Director


Katie McLellan, MSW (IFS), Manager