Translating Encounters: Connecting Indigenous Young People with Higher Education through a Transmedia Project

Kristine Alexander, Hudson Eagle Bear, Tesla Heavy Runner, Ashley Henrickson, Taylor Little Mustache, Tanya Pace Crosschild, Amy Mack, Jan Newberry, Erin Spring, Kaitlynn Weaver


This piece draws on multiple voices to reflect on a collaborative project between university-based researchers and a local community organization devoted to Indigenous children and their families. The evolution of the project from one based on photo-elicitation to one devoted to building a digital storytelling library meant a methodological shift to acknowledge the role of translation in encounters between university researchers and community practitioners, between Elders and youth, and between settlers and Indigenous people.


collaborative research, ethical space, Canada, indigenous, intergenerational, settler colonialism

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