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narrative inquiry
indigenous research
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Cardinal, Trudy
Supervisor and department
Dr. M. Stewart-Harawira (Educational Policy Studies)
Dr. D. Jean Clandinin (Elementary Education)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. Randolph J. Wimmer (Educational Policy Studies)
Dr. V. Caine (Faculty of Nursing)
Department of Educational Policy Studies

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Master of Education
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Abstract “For All My Relations” is a narrative representation of an autobiographical narrative inquiry into my experiences as an Aboriginal graduate student negotiating the complexities of learning about, and engaging in, Indigenous research. The research puzzle centers on my wonders about the responsibilities of an Aboriginal graduate student choosing to engage in research with Aboriginal peoples in ethically responsible ways. The field texts for the inquiry are my writings over two years: final papers, response journals, assignments, and life writings. Using a narrative inquiry methodology, I identify tensions and bumping points in coming to understand Indigenous research, and in doing so, I have come to a deeper understanding of the impact of these moments on my identity as researcher in the making and on my sense of belonging. I also attend to the social and institutional narratives about Aboriginal people in which my storied experiences are nested. Issues of ethical obligations, relationship, and responsibility are central in my inquiry, and speak to the complexities of wrestling with the questions of “researcher’s right to tell” and “viewing people through a lens.” The findings of my inquiry add to the emerging literature of Indigenous research and narrative inquiry, and their connections. The findings also present insights into the experiences of an Aboriginal graduate, and the notion of identity and belonging. Most importantly, this narrative inquiry enabled me to work through my lived tensions, discomforts, and unease, and to restory my experiences; this process allowed me to grow more confident in my ability to continue to engage in Indigenous research in ethically and relationally responsible ways. My inquiry begins with my experiences of “not belonging” and “feeling less than,” and concludes, in the midst, with a counterstory to tell. Counterstories are “saving stories” for me and for all my relations, past, present, and future.
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