The Indigenous Research Methodologies (IRM) course aims to build on previously cultivated knowledge after the completion of the Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) training module. IRM provides guidance and knowledge to academic stakeholders about the historic relationship between Indigenous communities and Western education through research, policy, and planning. Learners will be educated about Indigenous research methodologies and how they are used in present day research, as well as how they could be used in the future. 

IRM provides context and education about the history of Indigenous research methodologies and emphasizes the importance of adopting these methods when working with Indigenous communities in research. IRM registrants will learn about a variety of methods that are grounded in Indigenous epistemology, axiology, worldviews and ways of knowing. 

The course is beneficial for faculty, researchers, patient partners, health care providers, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) supported research teams, students, and any other individual or organization seeking to engage Indigenous communities in research. 

IRM provides researchers will the skills to respectfully engage with Indigenous communities in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner. It provides learners with the opportunity to understand why Indigenous research methodologies are important and how they are implemented. Participants will also gain valuable information about the allegiance between Indigenous research methodologies and the use of decolonizing methodologies. 

In the past, research has been exploitative and harmful to Indigenous communities. IRM offers researchers additional tools to provide a culturally safe and appropriate manner of conducting research in partnership with Indigenous communities and organizations. 

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Learning Outcomes

Learners will gain the knowledge, understanding, skills, abilities, attitude and awareness to:

  • Apply the knowledge gained from the Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities course.

  • Recognize the historic relationship between Indigenous communities and Western education and research through policy and planning.

  • Describe research ethics in various communities.

  • Identify a number of indigenous research methodologies and how they may be applied in research.

  • Defend the importance and necessity of applying Indigenous research methodologies when conducting research with Indigenous peoples.

TRC Calls to Action

Education #63

IRM addresses this call through the sharing of best practices for building capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. It also addresses teacher training and researcher needs relating to these concepts. As well, Addressing the Legacy - Health Calls to Action #18-24 are considered and informs the learner about the need for these Calls in health-related research.

Indigenous Research Methodologies

    1. Terms and Conditions

    2. Introduction

    1. 1.1 Indigenous Knowledge and Research

    2. 1.2 Cultural Safety

    3. 1.3 Indigenous Knowledge and Western Knowledge

    4. 1.4 Indigenous Access to Higher Education

    5. Module 1 Quiz

    1. 2.1 What is a Methodology?

    2. 2.2 Decolonizing Methodologies and Indigenous Methodologies

    3. 2.3 Aspects of IRM According to Indigenous Scholars

    4. Module 2 Quiz

    1. 3.1 Participatory Research

    2. 3.2 Storytelling

    3. 3.3 Indigenous Autoethnography & Arts-based Research

    4. 3.4 Other Types of Research

    5. 3.5 The Future of Indigenous Research

    6. Module 3 Quiz

    1. Final Quiz

    2. IRM Course Evaluation

About this course

  • 185.00 + GST
  • Online
  • 3 hours

Skills & Competencies

  • Research ethic involving Indigenous communities;
  • Indigenous research methodologies;
  • Community-based research;
  • Decolonial research methods.


  • Does this course have prerequisites?

    Yes. Learners are required to successfully complete the Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities course prior to registering and completing the Indigenous Research Methodologies course.

  • What do I do if I have already completed the BRRIC course and want to take the Indigenous Research Methodologies Training Module next?

    Please submit a copy of the badge you received from the BRRIC course to [email protected] for review and approval.

  • How is successful completion of the course determined? Are there tests or quizzes involved?

    Successful completion of the course is determined by completing the course, inclusive of knowledge checks and quizzes, and passing 80% or higher on the Final Quiz.

  • Some individuals and organizations may be GST-exempt.

    First Nations University of Canada is situated on the Star Blanket First Nation and is exempt from Provincial Sales Tax (PST). If you or your organization are exempt from Government Sales Tax (GST), please contact [email protected] to ensure that your invoice is prepared accordingly.

  • I need financial support. What funding options does ICEC recommend?

    Check out our Funding Opportunities here. 

  • How long will I have to access the course?

    You will have 180 days from the time of registration to complete the course.

  • Who do I contact if I need help?

    Check out ICEC's Learner Support page to see if your question is answered in the FAQs. If your question remains unresolved, you may contact Tamara Quewezance, IPHRC Administrative Assistant at [email protected].

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