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What is Nipivut ('Our Voice')? Action Research and Inuit Stories in the City


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 12:00 to 14:00
With Mark Watson, visiting researchers Christopher Fletcher and Donna Patrick, as well as Inuit community partners Kevin Tikivik, David Murphy and Sara Breitkreutz

This presentation builds on the work of engaged co-researchers (Inuit and non-Inuit) interested in useful and relevant research for and by Inuit through the medium of participatory inquiry. Through highlighting the story of Nipivut, the Montreal Inuit radio show, we examine research linkages between South and North and new directions for Inuit-based inquiry especially within urban contexts. Key to our understanding of action-oriented methods is that they are decolonizing in the sense that they “begin and end with the standpoint of indigenous lives, needs, and desires, engaging with academic lives, approaches and priorities along the way” (Tallbear 2014). We propose to discuss the range, limits, and possibilities of participatory projects that relate to oral history; radio production and representation; health and well-being; and other topics.

MEET-AND-GREET (2 to 3pm)

We invite you to join us for an informal meet-and-greet after the panel, to welcome COHDS visiting researchers Donna Patrick and Christopher Fletcher.


Mark Watson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Having worked for many years in Japan on issues of urban Indigenous migration, he is currently Principal Investigator (with Chris Fletcher and Donna Patrick) of the Nunalijjuaq Action Research Initiative, a five-year SSHRC funded project working with Inuit in Montreal to assess and analyze their situation in the city and to implement community-driven actions to promote collective wellbeing. Alongside being an executive producer of the bi-weekly Inuktitut language radio show Nipivut or ‘Our Voice’ (broadcast on CKUT90.3FM), Dr. Watson is committed to the practice of action-oriented research and engaged by the ethnographic analysis of radio, podcasting and other mobile facets of collective life.

Christopher Fletcher is a medical, visual and ecological anthropologist whose primary work for the past 20 years has been with arctic and subarctic Aboriginal communities in Canada. His research focuses on collaborative projects that explore cultural perspectives on health in northern Canadian communities with an emphasis on indigenous resilience and wellbeing. Recent projects include work documenting traditional medical practices and local meanings of health in a Dene community, the language and discourse of taste and satiety in Inuktitut, the provision of services to Inuit in urban centres, and the health effects of housing in Inuit regions. He is an Associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventative Medicine at Université Laval and researcher at the Population Health and Optimal Practices in Health Research Unit, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec Research Centre.

Donna Patrick studied linguistics and anthropology at McGill University, earning her B.A. and M.A. there, and at the University of Toronto, where she received her Ph.D. She taught at Brock University from 1996 to 2003 before moving to Carleton University in 2004, where she is currently Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her research in linguistic anthropology focuses on Indigenous and minority language politics, rights, and practices and has included work in language endangerment, language socialization, language education policy and practice, critical literacies, and social semiotics. Her most recent work involves participatory action research and the recording of life histories and stories with Inuit in Ottawa and Montreal. She is currently the President of the Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA).

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