NCCIE is a national research project that is distinctly Indigenous, from concept to design to implementation.
With respect to “research,” NCCIE is different. As a uniquely Indigenous national project, the Centre does not view “research” in the same way as other mainstream organizations such as universities or provincial and federal governments.
Principles of respect, reciprocity, relationship, and responsibility are understood in Indigenous ways and honoured according to Indigenous protocols and customs.
In other words, from an Indigenous perspective, the work that has been carried out for NCCIE places communities at the centre of the project:
“Giving back” to communities from an Indigenous perspective means that the Centre cannot just “take” from communities, but must “feed communities” with knowledge, connections, and opportunities for direct collaboration and interaction.
During NCCIE’s first two years, the primary focus was gathering stories about Indigenous education initiatives. Once the proper protocols were followed and permissions obtained, interviews were scheduled. They were either video-recorded or audio-recorded and the following questions were asked:
When you listen to a story that is posted on nccie.ca, you can hear insights and perspectives in response to these three questions.
The story-gathering process began with an invitation (at the centre of the diagram) and culminated in a story appearing on NCCIE.CA. The diagram illustrates our emphasis on respect for community protocols as well as giving back to communities by: