Sharing Circles

Invitation to Indigenous Masters and PhD Students to Join Our Sharing Circles
Engagement levels and career pathways of graduate and doctoral students conducting research with Indigenous peoples

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, University of Regina, REB Certificate #2020-071. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact research.ethics@uregina.ca or call 1-306-585-4775.

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 Master’s or PhD program. We are a national Indigenous not-for-profit organization established in 1998 with a mandate to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian economy.

Given our focus to explore ways of improving the Indigenous research ecosystem, we have started an outreach to student researchers in Masters’ and PhD programs. We believe that 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.

We would like to better understand the motivation of Indigenous grad students 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. To achieve these objectives, we are organizing a series of sharing circles which will bring Indigenous grad students together in small groups with Elders in a facilitated conversation to hear about your journey and experiences. We successfully hosted our first two sharing circles in December 2020 and the stories graciously shared were powerful and insightful. The confidential recorded sessions are held virtually via Zoom. We will produce a report from these sessions which aggregate the key themes discussed in the circle and we will provide you with a copy of the report if you would like to receive one.

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. If you are interested in learning more or participating in these sessions, please contact us at Indigenous Works c/o Micheline Bélanger micheline@ospreyassociates.net.

Please click here to download a copy of the invitation to the sharing circle co-hosted by Indigenous Works and Ryerson University scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 1pm to 2:30 Eastern time. 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. Please email Micheline at micheline@ospreyassociates.net if you would like to sign up and confirm which graduate program you are enrolled in.

Feel free to share this information with others who may also be pursuing a program of study at the Master’s or PhD level and who might wish to participate in a sharing circle.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.

Kelly Lendsay Craig Hall
President & CEO Chief Operating Officer
Klendsay@indigenousworks.ca chall@indigenousworks.ca
306-291-0424 902-665-2257

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