Decolonizing Data: Unsettling Conversations about Social Research Methods

By Jacqueline M. Quinless

© 2021

Canada’s colonial history continues to have a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples and communities. Decolonizing Data explores how ongoing structures of colonialization negatively impact the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, resulting in persistent health inequalities. In addressing the social dimensions of health, particularly as they affect Indigenous peoples and BIPOC communities, Decolonizing Data asks, should these groups be given priority for future health policy considerations?

Decolonizing Data provides a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of health as applied to Indigenous peoples, who have been historically underfunded in and excluded from health services, programs, and quality of care; this has most recently been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing on both western and Indigenous methodologies, this unique scholarly contribution takes a sociological perspective, as well as the "two-eyed seeing" approach to research methods. By looking at the ways that everyday research practices contribute to the colonization of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, Decolonizing Data exposes the social dimensions of healthcare, and offers a careful and respectful reflection on how to "unsettle conversations" about applied social research initiatives for our most vulnerable groups.

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Decolonizing Data yields valuable insights into the decolonization of research methods by addressing and examining health inequalities from an anti-racist and anti-oppressive standpoint.

Decolonizing Data: Unsettling Conversations about Social Research Methods

By Jacqueline M. Quinless

© 2021

Canada’s colonial history continues to have a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples and communities. Decolonizing Data explores how ongoing structures of colonialization negatively impact the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, resulting in persistent health inequalities. In addressing the social dimensions of health, particularly as they affect Indigenous peoples and BIPOC communities, Decolonizing Data asks, should these groups be given priority for future health policy considerations?

Decolonizing Data provides a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of health as applied to Indigenous peoples, who have been historically underfunded in and excluded from health services, programs, and quality of care; this has most recently been seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing on both western and Indigenous methodologies, this unique scholarly contribution takes a sociological perspective, as well as the "two-eyed seeing" approach to research methods. By looking at the ways that everyday research practices contribute to the colonization of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, Decolonizing Data exposes the social dimensions of healthcare, and offers a careful and respectful reflection on how to "unsettle conversations" about applied social research initiatives for our most vulnerable groups.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Jacqueline M. Quinless is an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.
  • Table of contents

    Contents
    List of Tables
    List of Figures
    Acknowledgments
    Dedication

    Preface 
    Relational Accountability
    About this Book
    How the Book is Organized

    1.Introduction
    The Importance of Power and Place: Place-Based Consciousness
    Who is Indigenous?
    Indigenous Peoples and the Urban Landscape in Canada
    Indigenous Perspectives on the Good Life
    The Link Between Social Capital and Indigenous Well-Being

    2. The Impacts of Colonization on Indigenous Health and Well-being
    Setter State Policy and Indigenous Peoples
    Assimilation Policy and Poor Health Outcomes
    The Indian Reserve System
    The Residential School System
    Historical Trauma for Generations to Come
    Acts of Reconciliation
    The 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP)
    The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

    3. Decolonizing Bodies and a Self-Governing Health System
    Indigenous Well-being and Urban Life
    Beyond the Western Medical Model and Decolonizing Bodies
    Health Transformation and Self-Determination
    Health Governance and the First Nations Health Authority

    4. Social Capital Theory, Health Indicators and Indigenous Communities
    Historical Overview: Bourdieusian Social Capital and Health Status
    Social Capital Analysis and Applied Social Research
    Social Capital Theory and Colonization
    Moving Beyond the GDP: Social and Economic Indicators of Well-being
    How is Well-Being Measured in Canada?
    How is Indigenous Well-Being Measured in Canada?
    Indigenous Health Indictors Frameworks

    5. Decolonizing Data and Critical Research Methods
    Decolonizing Methodologies
    Ethics: Honoring Indigenous Protocols and Relational Accountability
    Participation Action Research and Indigenous Communities
    Two-Eyed Seeing and Indigenous Health Outcomes
    Qualitative Findings
    The Origin Story of the First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness
    Traditional Knowledge
    Data Governance and Ownership
    From Illness Models to Wellness Perspectives
    A Critical Data Approach
    Decolonizing Data and Indigenous Health Outcomes
    The 2012 Aboriginal People’s Survey and Measuring Historical Trauma
    Individual and Community Level Factors Affecting Indigenous Health Outcomes
    Quantitative Findings
    Transgenerational Trauma and Health Outcomes
    Indigenous Culture as Resistance to Trauma

    6. Conclusion
    Indigenous-Based Determinants of Health and Wellness
    Social Capital and Indigenous Health and Wellness
    Critical Reflections
    Allyship and Solidarity
    Relational Allyship and Responsive Research
    Responsive Research, the TRAC Method and Indigenous Data Sovereignty
    The Limitations of Two-Eyed Seeing
    Indigenous Data Sovereignty
    References

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