Indigenous and Settler peoples in what is now North America have long interacted across porous and rigid boundaries, in conflict and cooperation, and these historic and present-day dynamics play a critical role in shaping collective identities. These “mutually constituted” identities, and the varied relationships that inform and are informed by them, create both challenges and opportunities for sociologists working within and across Indigenous and Settler subjectivities. Building on popular past CSA sessions in 2011 and 2012 (“Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Canada,” “Indigenous Peoples and Social Research”), this session aims to interrogate the impacts of Indigenous and Settler identities and relationships on research, and vice versa. How are identities operationalized in research? How do relationships between researchers and community members impact on identity formation and enactment? And what does empirical research tell us about the complexity, diversity and interconnections of Indigenous and Settler identities today (e.g., Anishinaabe, Kwak’waka’wakw, Metis, multi-generational Euro-Canadians, recent immigrants of colour)? Our goal is to open dialogue on these often-unseen or overlooked – yet fundamental – aspects of research, in order to critically assess who ‘we’ are and how ‘we’ work together, but also to envision respectful, creative partnerships for the future.
This session has been sub-divided into three sub-sessions.
Indigenous and Settler: Identities and Relationships in Research I
Session Code: Comm2-A
Session Chair: Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University
Indigenous and Settler: Identities and Relationships in Research II
Session Code: Comm2-B
Session Chair: Jeff Denis, McMaster University
Session Discussant: Patricia McGuire
Indigenous and Settler: Identities and Relationships in Research III
Session Code: Comm2-C
Session Chair: Emma Battell Lowman, University of Warwick