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Francett-Hermes, M., & Pennanen, H. (2019) Relational ethics in Indigenous research – A reflexive navigation of whiteness and ally positionality. Dutkansearvvi dieđalaš áigečála 3(2): 125-148.

Relational ethics in Indigenous research : a reflexive navigation of whiteness and ally positionality

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Author: Francett-Hermes, Michelle1; Pennanen, Helena1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Sámegiela ja –kultuvrra dutkansearvi, 2019
Publish Date: 2022-03-25


In this article, we discuss Sámi/Indigenous research ethics from the perspectives of positionality and relationality. The article builds on and draws from two ongoing PhD studies by white, Nordic euro-western doctoral candidates conducting research in the sphere of Indigenous research. Through a reflexive framework, we depict the ongoing process of decolonizing our practice as researchers and moving toward a relational ethics, a process of self-reflection we suggest is necessary for non-Indigenous researchers doing research that involves or affects Indigenous people. We aim to contribute to the development of Sámi research ethics for the wider public to consider and offer this article particularly to early stage researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and educators in Indigenous studies.

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Series: Dutkansearvvi dieđalaš áigečála
ISSN: 2489-7930
ISSN-E: 2489-7930
ISSN-L: 2489-7930
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Pages: 125 - 148
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
Funding: We extend our gratitude to Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Eudaimonia Institute, The Finnish Cultural Foundation; Taru, Ilmari ja Pentti Manninen Rahasto, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu and Giellagas Institute, for enabling this article through their financial support.
Copyright information: © Michelle Francett-Hermes, Helena Pennanen and Sámegiela ja -kultuvrra dutkansearvi.