Inter-relating Indigenous Peoples' Knowledges of Helping
This objective addresses the interconnections and disconnections between various Indigenous Nations' knowledges of helping. For example, in Manitoba there are five First Nations, namely the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Dakota, and Oji-Cree Nations. While there are many commonalities between the ways of being between these nations, there are also differences. Further, there are differences in perspectives and contexts between urban and rural Indigenous peoples that influence indigenous helping processes. This phase of the research program taps into the opportunity of having Indigenous peoples from different nations and localities relate their helping processes to one another by bringing them together to discuss their knowledge on a theoretical level. The understandings that emerge from the workshops, conversations and discussions will serve the further development of specific and/or general Indigenous theories on helping. In developing these understandings, Indigenous helpers and social workers from various Indigenous nations are supported to consciously develop their practices in ways that directly reflect their nations’ values and belief systems, thus moving to practice processes that are more relevant to the people. Further, the interconnections between these models support Indigenous helpers and social workers to take a wider, but analytical perspective in looking at other peoples’ practices. To support these analytical processes, the understandings are disseminated through the Speakers Series by the participants and researchers, presentations at conferences, and through publications in journals.