Dean's Keynote Series: April 2021
Engaging with Indigenous Knowledge
Dr Shawn Wilson, Gnibi College
Whatever our roles are within education and research, we should all have a growing awareness of the need for better engagement and collaboration with Indigenous communities. This awareness needs to extent to examining how we engage with Indigenous Knowledge. In this presentation Shawn will discuss how we can use a principled approach to working with community and knowledge.
Dr Shawn Wilson, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, currently lives on Bundjalung land on the east coast of Australia. He is Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Knowledge at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples at Southern Cross University and Adjunct Professor of Psychosocial Work at Østfold University College in Fredrikstad, Norway.
Through working with Indigenous people internationally, Shawn has applied Indigenist philosophy within the contexts of Indigenous education, health and counsellor education. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing. His 2008 book, Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods is often cited for bridging understanding between traditional Indigenous knowledges and western academia. He is on the editorial boards of several journals and the board of directors for the Tapestry Institute, and co-editor of Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling ways of knowing through Indigenous relationships (2019).