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Relational Governance: A system approach to Indigenous data governance

27 July 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Relational Governance Workshop; Thursday, July 27, 2023; 1:30-3:30PM EDT; Jackman Humanities Building; Room 1040

Join the new Indigenous Digital Practice initiative at CDHI for an engaging presentation and workshop by Professor Matthew Wildcat (Native Studies, University of Alberta) as he explores the theories and challenges in creating an Indigenous database on the concept of Relational Governance—when multiple First Nations co-govern a service delivery organization. The focus here is on how First Nations govern the delivery of K–12 education. Creating this digital infrastructure also involves working with First Nation education leaders and the presentation will engage participants in thinking through how research co-creation operates at large scales.

Matthew Wildcat will deliver a presentation on the Relational Governance project and planned database. Following the presentation, there will be a dedicated time for participants of the workshop to engage in discussion, provide feedback, and share their questions and insights. This interactive session aims to foster meaningful exchanges and to encourage active participation from all attendees.

  1. How do we think of the OCAP principles when studying First Nations governance at the system level between multiple Nations rather than gathering Data within a single Nation?
  2. How should we conceptualize and approach the study of the kind of Indigenous sovereignty held by First Nation governments?
  3. What challenges and opportunities exist for developing an Indigenous policy studies that focuses on Indigenous governed institutions and the relationships between these institutions?
  4. What future directions should the Relational Governance project prioritize to enhance our current understanding of First Nation governance?

Why register for THIS event?

This is the inaugural event of Indigenous Digital Practice initiative, a program supported by the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI). This workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to explore the following key areas: 1) understanding relational governance, 2) exploring the practical and beneficial applications of relational governance in service delivery, particularly in the realm of education, and 3) gaining insights into the development of a ground-breaking database that aims to influence the future of First Nation service delivery in the areas of education and healthcare and beyond. This workshop promises to be an enriching experience, shedding light on new concepts and blazing a trail for the self-determination of First Nations.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop welcomes all First Nations data researchers, learners, and policy makers engaged in Indigenous education delivery. It is also open to students of Indigenous governance and individuals knowledgeable about the influence of database design on knowledge production, and anyone eager to expand their understanding of theory development and practical application for the advancement of Indigenous self-determination.

Presenter: Matthew Wildcat, Director of the Indigenous Governance and Partnership program in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta

Host: Jennifer Wemigwans, Director of Indigenous Digital Practice with CDHI, Assistant Professor – Adult Education and Community Development program, OISE/UofT

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27 July 2023
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
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