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Research Articles

Vol. 24 No. 2

Because We Love our Communities: Indigenous Women Talk about their Experiences as Community-Based Health Researchers

May 4, 2020


An increasing focus on Indigenous scholars in faculty hiring across academic institutions in North America has led to burgeoning scholarship and discourse about Indigenous research methodologies. Indigenous health research has set the pathway around Indigenous research ethics and community-based participatory research. Embedded in this scholarship is the discussion of relationships as central to the research, so who we are, personally and professionally, is integral to the research that is done. This article explores the experiences of university-based Indigenous women who perform community-based participatory health research and how personal and professional identities factor into this kind of work. Several key findings emerged, including identity, emotional investment and responsibility, workplace challenges related to gender and Indigeneity, and the needs of university-based Indigenous women researchers.