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Indigenous Health: Indigenous Research Methods

Rather than being a list of 'How to... books", books listed below not only provide guidance, but challenge some assumptions about research and research methods in academia.

"Decolonizing methodologies are about forcing us to confront the Western academic canon in its entirety, in its philosophy, pedagogy, ethics, organizational practices, paradigms, methodologies and discourses and, importantly, its self-generating arrogance, its origin mythologies and the stories that it tells to reinforce its hegemony". from Linda Tuhiwai Smith's Introduction to the Third Edition of Decolonizing Methodologies p. xii (2021)

Bibliography of resources compiled by Janice Linton


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Book Chapters

Journal Articles

List of Selected Journal Articles

Includes Open Access articles, freely available on the internet

New Articles
Simon, D., Burns, N., Hunter-Porter, N., Lanceleve, T., Préfontaine, N., Herkimer, J., ... & Bearskin, L. B. (2023). Embodied in Indigenous Research: How Indigeneity, Positionality, and Relationality Contribute to Research Approaches and Understanding. Healthy Populations Journal, 3(1).

Tynan, L., & Bishop, M. (2023). Decolonizing the literature review: A relational approachQualitative Inquiry29(3-4), 498-508. NOTE: UMNET ID and Password required for access.

O’Keefe, V. M., Maudrie, T. L., Cole, A. B., Ullrich, J. S., Fish, J., Hill, K. X., ... & Walls, M. L. (2023). Conceptualizing Indigenous strengths-based health and wellness research using group concept mapping. Archives of Public Health, 81(1), 71.

Dosani, A., Lind, C., & Loewen, S. (2019). Concept Mapping: An Innovative Tool to Teach Critical Community Health Nursing Using the Example of Population Health Promotion. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 1(2), 30-48.

McBeath, B., Franks, O., Delormier, T., Périllat-Amédée, S., McComber, A., Abigosis, T., ... & Lévesque, L. (2021). Reflecting on the use of Concept Mapping as a Method for Community-Led Analysis of Talking Circles. Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health, 1(2).

Chambers, L., Jackson, R., Worthington, C., Wilson, C., Tharao, W., Greenspan, N., … Brownlee, P. (2018). Decolonizing Scoping Review Methodologies for Literature With, for, and by Indigenous Peoples and the African Diaspora: Dialoguing With the Tensions. Qualitative Health Research, 28(2), 175–188.

Anderson M. Indigenous health research and reconciliation. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association journal. 2019 Aug 26;191(34):E930. Commentary by Dr. Marcia Anderson (requires UM NET ID)

Kilian A, Fellows TK, Giroux R, Pennington J, Kuper A, Whitehead CR, Richardson L. Exploring the approaches of non-Indigenous researchers to Indigenous research: a qualitative study. CMAJ open. 2019;7(3):E504-9.  (open access)



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Janice Linton
Indigenous Health Liaison Librarian
Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library,
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus
727 McDermot Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P5
NJM Library is located next to Health Sciences Centre (HSC)

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Link to paper copy holdings info for Culturally Responsive Methodologies