Luminary

Sharing Circle Ryerson

Luminary and Ryerson University

Join Our Sharing Circle - Careers in Research

SSHRC Sponsored Study

Right to Withdraw and Confidentiality

All information you supply during the research will be held in confidence and unless you specifically indicate your consent, your name will not appear in any report or publication of the research. If you give permission, the discussion sessions or interviews will be audio or video recorded and transcribed. The full recording of the interview will be protected so that the knowledge shared will be respected and not lost. Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected by restricting access to notes, interview recordings, transcripts and other data received by all researchers on the team. Your participation in the study is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop participating at any time.

Ethics Approval

This research has received ethics approval and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines through the Research Ethics Board, Ryerson, REB# 2021-108. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Ryerson Ethics Research Board.

Investigators are

Dr. Andre Laplume - email: alaplume@ryerson.ca 
Michael Mihalicz - email: michael.mihalicz@ryerson.ca 

Engagement levels and career pathways of Indigenous graduate and doctoral students conducting research with Indigenous peoples.

Indigenous Works is inviting you to take part in a Sharing Circle to talk about your experiences and journey as an Inuit, Métis or First Nations person enrolled in a Masters’ or PhD program.

Indigenous Works is a national Indigenous not-for-profit organization established in 1998 with a mandate to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian economy.

Luminary is the name that Indigenous Works has given its new initiative which will co-create an Indigenous innovation strategy leading to economic transformation and wellbeing. To date, 140 organizations have signed onto a project Charter which affirms their intention to participate in a Dialogue which will help build the strategy. Fourteen of those sessions were held in spring 2021. Charter members include representatives from Indigenous businesses, post-secondary research institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Luminary has started an outreach to student researchers in Masters’ and PhD programs. Given our focus to explore ways of improving the Indigenous research and innovation ecosystem it is important that we have a direct pipeline to the students who, in just a few short years will be the research leaders in their fields. An important goal over time will be to close the engagement gap which has existed between Indigenous communities/ businesses, and post-secondary research institutions.

The Luminary initiative in collaboration with The Ted Rogers School of Management has secured funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to conduct research with Indigenous grad students to better understand your motivations to pursue research as a career path. We also want to learn more about your current levels of engagement in your education programs and what supports you need to be successful. Luminary is working on this research with Dr. Andre Laplume Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Graduate Program Director at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Michael Mihalicz Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Indigenous Advisor, Office of the Dean, Ted Rogers School of Management as well as Riley Kucheran, Assistant Professor of Design Leadership, School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication & Indigenous Advisor Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University and Dr Robert Anderson, Professor Emeritus, Hill-Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina.

We are organizing a series of sharing circles which will bring a small group of Indigenous grad students  (4-6) together with an elder and researchers in a 2 hour facilitated conversation to hear about your journey and experiences. We have already hosted two such circles. The stories graciously shared were powerful and insightful. We will be organizing upcoming sharing circles starting in fall 2021. The confidential recorded sessions will be held virtually on a zoom platform. We will produce a report from these sessions which aggregate the key themes discussed in the circle.

Our hope is that you see value in coming together to share your experiences and in so doing, provide an opportunity to meet other students from varied backgrounds, attending different schools and pursuing different study programs. The forthcoming sharing circles will also be focusing discussions on the systems, research methods, and institutional supports in place to encourage your research work and collaborations with Indigenous communities.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about these sessions, please contact our project coordinator Micheline Bélanger at micheline@ospreyassociates.net. Participants will be over 18 years old; self-identify as an Indigenous person; living in Canada or the USA; and currently enrolled in a research-based graduate program. Participants will receive (CAD) $75.00 compensation for attending each session.

We would love to hear from you. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues who may also be pursuing a program of study at the Masters’ or PhD level and invite them to contact us.

Kelly Lendsay
President & CEO
Klendsay.luminary@indigenousworks.ca
306 291 0424

Craig Hall
Chief Operating Officer
chall@indigenousworks.ca
902 665 2257

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