On Saturday, May 4, the Indigenous Workways research teams across our collaborating institutions gathered at the University of Waterloo for our Spring 2019 Student Training Workshop.
In the morning, Jeffery Hewitt and Russell Nahdee from the University of Windsor led a session on understanding and interpretation using Indigenous methods. We discussed what the terms "decolonizing" and "Indigenizing" mean, as well as why and how it relates to us as both Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers involved in this project.
During the afternoon session, Michael Gross from Colorado State University taught us about open coding using Western qualitative methods. We walked through the step-by-step process of qualitative open coding and completed a group exercise using actual interview transcripts.
It was a fruitful day of learning, and we would like to thank all of the instructors for sharing their time and knowledge with us. Important research considerations were highlighted over the course of the workshop, and we will bear them in mind as we proceed with this project.