First Mile Methodologies in Community Informatics Research: Learning from First Nations

  • Rob McMahon University of New Brunswick
  • Arline Chasle
  • Tim Whiteduck
Keywords: Community Informatics Research Methodologies, Indigenous Research Methodologies, First Mile, First Nations, Digital Literacies, Qualitative Methodologies

Abstract

How can Indigenous research methodologies inform Community Informatics? In this paper we reflect on this question by considering the problematic history of researcher-Indigenous relations before exploring some innovative approaches. Applications of these research tools must emerge during the course of a project to ensure they meet the contexts and needs of community and university partners. Examples from an ongoing research partnership, the First Nations Innovation (FNI) project, show how this ‘First Mile’ work can support Community Informatics research more generally.

Author Biographies

Rob McMahon, University of New Brunswick

Postdoctoral Fellow with the First Nations Innovation Project at the University of New Brunswick, and coordinator of the First Mile Connectivity Consortium, Vancouver, CANADA.

Arline Chasle
Education Director at Timiskaming First Nation. Timiskaming First Nation, CANADA.
Tim Whiteduck
Technology Director at First Nations Education Council. Wendake, CANADA.
Published
2015-09-16
How to Cite
McMahon, R., Chasle, A., & Whiteduck, T. (2015). First Mile Methodologies in Community Informatics Research: Learning from First Nations. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(3). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1185