Practical Application of an Indigenous Research Framework and Two Qualitative Indigenous Research Methods: Sharing Circles and Anishnaabe Symbol-Based Reflection

  • Lynn Frances Lavallee Ryerson University


Increasingly, research involving Indigenous people is being undertaken by Indigenous researchers, who bring forward world views that shape the approach of the research, the theoretical and conceptual frameworks, as well as the epistemology, methodology, and ethics. Many times such research bridges Western practices and Indigenous knowledges; however, bringing together these two world views can also present challenges. This paper explores the challenges and lessons learned in the practical application of an Indigenous research framework and qualitative inquiry. Two qualitative Indigenous research methods – sharing circles and Anishnaabe Symbol-Based Reflection – will be discussed.

Author Biography

Lynn Frances Lavallee, Ryerson University
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Service