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10471 - Aboriginal perspectives on the co-creation of knowledge: The experience of the ODENA research alliance

The ODENA research alliance brings together representatives of Aboriginal civil society and academic researchers engaged in a process of knowledge co-creation with a view to improving the quality of life of Aboriginal people in cities and renewing relations between First Peoples and other Québec citizens in a spirit of equality and mutual respect. This alliance focuses on partnered research, the continual sharing of knowledge and the direct application of this knowledge in social reconstruction and other initiatives seen from the perspectives of the Aboriginal organizations concerned. The aim of this presentation is to assess the role of partnered research as a factor of social transformation and significant change for the Québec Native friendship centre movement. Partnered research emphasizes the process, reciprocity, and mutual learning; in this respect, it has an enormous potential to become a tool for social change and a plateform for individual and collective self-affirmation. In this approach, the implementation of the research and the steps in the process adopted by the parties involved are just as important as production of the actual research results.

Keywords: Urban Aboriginal, identity, Aboriginal perspective, collaborative research

Author: Cloutier, Édith (Centre d'amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or, Canada / Kanada)
Co-Author: Goulet, Josée (Regroupement des centres d'amitié autochtones du Québec, Wendake, Canada / Kanada)

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