Guiding Insights

Our project aims to be a true research partnership rooted in trust, respect for tribal political and resource sovereignty, and a commitment to integrating Anishinaabe worldviews and knowledge with Western science and analysis. From our collective experience, we found that the process of collaborative community-based research in environmental science and policy is just as important as the products. 

Through our work thus far, we have arrived at the following key insights on transforming relationships and research through collaborative tribal-university partnerships: 

  1. Honor Indigenous sovereignty and rights
  2. Address past and present harms as an essential part of building accountable relationships
  3. Be on the path together with researchers and Indigenous partners
  4. Recognize, respect, and value Indigenous participation and intellectual labor
  5. Encourage the robust exchange of ideas for stronger collaborative research
  6. Recognize that documents formalizing a relationship are not the whole relationship
  7. Make a plan for identifying and protecting sensitive Indigenous data
  8. Be prepared to navigate institutional obstacles
  9. Seek, support, and collaborate with diverse students
  10. Actively listen and be open to different ways of engaging with the world