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CES-ON Webinar: Decolonizing Data: Unsettling Conversations about Research

September 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Dr. Jacqueline Quinless and Dr. Jeff Corntassel share their experience using the First Nations Perspective to decolonize research.

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About this event

Do you want to gain insights into more diverse, equitable, and inclusive approaches to community-based health research? Hear from Dr. Jacqueline Quinless about her experience using the First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness to decolonize research, collaborating with the FNHA.

In celebration of the release of Decolonizing Data: Unsettling Conversations about Social Research Methods, you are invited to come together with Dr. Jacqueline Quinless and Dr. Jeff Kanohaildoh Corntassel to reflect on how to work with Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews in a respectful way to address health inequities. In this presentation, the authors draw on their experience working across research contexts – including evaluation research – to share knowledge for decolonizing research, including upholding data governance and methods for taking a respectful and carefully nuanced approach to two-eyed seeing called Responsive Research and the TRAC method. This presentation is for anyone interested in or seeking effective frameworks for decolonization and Indigenization in evaluation frameworks.

This webinar is a presentation of the CES-ON Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Oppression (DEIAO) Committee.

About the Presenters

Jacqueline Quinless lives on the Traditional Territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples on Vancouver Island with her family, and is a biracial person of mixed European and Indian ethnicity (Hyderabad and Secunderabad, India). Jacqueline holds a PhD in Sociology with a focus on the health, inequality, data sovereignty and gender from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. Jacqueline spent 10 years working for Statistics Canada in the Gathering Strength Initiative and has worked extensively in Indigenous communities across Canada for two decades using mixed methods research approaches and gender-based analysis frameworks. She is award winning Public Sociologist recognized by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) and the Angus Reid Foundation for her community-based research in the advancement of human welfare in Canada. She is an adjunct professor in Sociology, and an associate faculty at the Center for Indigenous Research and Community Engagement (CIRCLE), at the University of Victoria. She enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate course at the University of Victoria and Camosun College on Vancouver Island. Jacqueline has published numerous research reports and articles in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Jeff Corntassel is a writer, teacher and father from the Cherokee Nation. He is currently Associate Professor in the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Victoria and Acting Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE). His research and teaching interests focus on “Everyday Acts of Resurgence” and the intersection between sustainable self-determination, Indigenous resurgence, climate change and community well-being. He situates his work at the grassroots with many Indigenous led community-based programs and initiatives ranging from local food movement initiatives, land-based renewal projects, understanding Indigenous fatherhood, to gendered colonial violence and protection of homelands. His recently published book is an edited volume in collaboration with Kanaka Maoli professors at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, with a collection of works from twenty-two Indigenous an non-Indigenous contributors and is entitled Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices (2018, Daykeeper Press). He is currently completing work for his forthcoming book on Sustainability, Climate Action and Gender-Based Resurgence.


September 16
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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