This lecture will explore what it means to research from an Indigenous paradigm. While paradigm is a broad philosophical project, this lecture will discuss the theoretical and practical foundations of Indigenous analysis by exploring the Nehinuwak approach I have developed and used in my research. This approach draws on the Nehinuwak (Swampy Cree) concept of “Nistotên”, which is the word for understanding. Using a combination of Nehinuwak knowledge, literature, and my experiences, I have developed a Nehinuwak method of analysis around the theory of “Nistotên”. I will discuss how my work advances the fields of Indigenous studies and methodology. Ultimately, I argue that more work is needed to explore the theories and practices of Indigenous analysis and that Indigenous analysis can lead to transformative change in scholarship and Canadian society, law, and politics.
Réal Carrière is Nehinuw (Swampy Cree) and Métis from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the land, home-schooled, no road access, running water, or electricity. His political research focus is Nehinuwak political theories and practices. He is currently the principle investigator for a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on this topic, titled “Nistotumowin Nehinuwak Okimahin: Developing a Deeper Understanding of Swampy Cree Political Theories and Practices”. In addition to this research, he is interested in Indigenous research paradigms and he is writing a manuscript for University of Toronto Press on this topic. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in Political Studies, with a specific focus on Indigenous politics. He previously held positions at University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson University. He is passionate about canoeing, storytelling, Indigenous knowledge, and social justice.