Our research is community-driven, not community-based or community-placed.
This means communities have control. They determine all research conduct, establish research priorities, choose methodologies and decide how the findings are used. We collaborate with communities. They’re our co-researchers.
The OFIFC recognizes that Indigenous knowledge is not a singular entity that can be “discovered” by social scientists, or translated, interpreted, analyzed or summed up in scientific journals and academic dissertations. Indigenous knowledge comes from all relations. It manifests itself in the voices and actions of people. It is generated when people get together. It arises simultaneously from the past, present and future. It lives in words, stories, movement, dance, feelings, concepts and ideas.
Taking this approach, we work with communities and create trauma-informed spaces for all members, including youth, Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers to contribute safely to research activities.