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Learning Across Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems and Intersectionality

Leah Levac, Lisa McMurtry, Deborah Stienstra, Gail Baikie, Cindy Hanson and Devi Mucina

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Pressing socioeconomic, political, and ecological challenges demand new approaches to creating and acting on research. Finding new approaches to knowledge creation requires turning to previously excluded understandings of the world, including Indigenous ways of knowing.
Canada’s growing acknowledgment of the persistence of colonization includes a realization that the attempted erasure of Indigenous peoples’ knowledge and knowledge systems has resulted in missed opportunities for creativity and innovation in pursuit of research that advances equality and sustainability.
This report contributes to truth and reconciliation by offering ideas for how to do research that is intentional about learning from Indigenous and Western ways of knowing, and about incorporating marginalized voices from within multiple knowledge systems.

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