The USAI Research Framework takes its acronym from the four principles of ethics that guide it: Utility, Self-voicing, Access, and Inter-relationality. Our work is faithful to Indigenous identity, harmoniously inscribed within the four directions of the medicine wheel. Our approach to research is practical; we recognize communities as authors of the knowledge that community-driven inquiry generates. USAI stresses the inherent validity of Indigenous knowledge, acknowledges its historical and political contexts, and positions Indigenous knowledge within all relationships. The USAI Research Framework delineates preferred research methodology, called “orientation to research”, to encompass research practices appropriate Indigenous research. USAI also responds to evaluation requirements with a culturally- relevant approach to evaluation practices.
Published By: Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Publication Date: 2016