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Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods with Dr. Shawn Wislon on October 11th, 2015 from 5:30-6pm


Shawn Wilson, B.Sc. (U of Manitoba, Canada), M.A. (U of Alaska, USA), PhD. (Monash University, Australia). I am Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba in Canada. My personal roles include being father to three boys, being a son, uncle, husband, teacher, student, world traveller, knowledge keeper and knowledge seeker.

In my professional roles as community psychologist, researcher and educated Cree, I’ve spent much of my life straddling the Indigenous and mainstream worlds. Most of my time these days is spent teaching other Indigenous knowledge seekers (and my kids) how to accomplish this balancing act while still keeping both feet on the ground. In addition to being a full-time dad, I also work part-time for the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health in Lismore, NSW Australia, building research capacity with primary health care workers. Travelling and meeting people from other nations and cultures has been a big part of my life, as has my work with traditional Healers, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. In my previous book Gwitch’in Native Elders: Not just knowledge but a way of looking at the world, I began to document some ideas about just what an Elder is and how they can be supported. My newly released book Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods examines some of the similarities in philosophy underlying Indigenous peoples’ research methodologies in Canada and Australia. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, my research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and wellbeing.

Area(s) of Expertise International Indigenous research methodologies and epistemologies; Counselling and Counsellor Education, Indigenous mental health and identity; Indigenous health and wellbeing Current Research Activities I am currently working on documenting my parents’ life stories, as they provide living examples of Indigenist philosophy in action.

Two Key Publications Wilson, S. Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. (2008) Fernwood Publishing: Halifax, NS Canada. ISBN: 9781552662816 Wilson, S.

“What is an Indigenist Research Paradigm?” (2007) Editorial in Canadian Journal of Native Education, 30(2), 193-196

Join Raven and his guest Maureen Brown, on 3-21-2010 at 5pm on “Make No Bones About It”.

The following commentary may be a senitive one for any younger listeners. There are many stories that are hard to share, boarding schools, forced sterliation, re-location, termiation, and the topic of abortion. Tune in to 89.3 FM and listen to Maureen Brown story. For me Raven, I know in my heart it is through the sharing of our stories true healing comes.

Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the my guest not “KAOS RADIO 89.3 FM”.

Join Raven and his guest Maureen Brown as she share here story of and decision to terminate her two pregnancies that had a profound negative effect on her. Tune in and hear her profound story.

Maureen Brown is a First Nation, Cree woman who lives in Northern Manitoba . Maureen is a public speaker and main spokeswoman for Northern Connections, a First Nations group who travel internationally to share their faith through cultural expressions. She is also a First Nations advocate and a former elected leader of her community. Maureen was taught growing up that life is sacred, a tenet in her culture. The Creator gives life and He alone takes it. Yet the so called, pre-abortion “counseling” assured her that “it is just tissue,” not a real human being. They lied! These professionals gave her the nerve to go against all that she had learned from the elders about the sanctity of life. Maureen believes that if she had been told the truth about fetal development, she never would have followed through with the two abortions. The guilt and shame associated with abortion is something she can identify with. Maureen’s decision to terminate her two pregnancies had a profound negative effect on her. It is only now that this door to share her story on this experience is opening up for her. Once again, she is amazed with the weave of love, forgiveness, and hope that is emerging from this area of her life. She is now married and a mother of 4, they live in Northern Manitoba Canada.

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