About Indigenous Workways

What do we do?

At Indigenous Workways, we seek to share and extend our understanding of how Indigenous worldviews impact the workplace experiences of Indigenous employees through the following three research themes:

Interpersonal trust

  • Relational conversations and holistic conflict management for Indigenous employees

Cultures of trust

  • Psychological safety and a climate for Indigenous cultural safety in the workplace

Networks of trust

  • Building and navigating work relationships for retention and career advancement

Our activities


Research group meetings

Our faculty and student researchers meet weekly to share their progress, as well as to discuss any readings and new information relevant to the Indigenous Workways project.


Student training

During semi-annual workshops in the fall and spring, our undergraduate and graduate students undergo High Quality Personnel (HQP) training. In fall, students are trained in storytelling, ethics, and Indigenous cultural protocols for story collection. In spring, they are trained in qualitative methods, open and axial coding, and collaborative story interpretation protocols.

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Indigenous Workways acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations, also known as the Haudensaunee people. This land includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.