Identifying Key Epistemological Challenges Evaluating in Indigenous Contexts: Achieving Bimaadiziwin through Youth Futures
The evaluation field’s understanding of Indigenous ontologies and epistemologies must improve in ways that do not serve to privilege Western ways of knowing, and governmental priorities for accountability. The literature has not identified ways to bridge these in practical ways, nor move the field to balance community and government needs. The paper describes Indigenous ontology and epistemology related to evaluation, then identifies practical challenges bridging Western and Indigenous approaches using the example of the Indigenous Youth Futures Partnership project (IYFP), a seven-year SSHRC sponsored grant. We suggest that there are approaches that work well in these contexts, but that agency is vitally important to establish reciprocity.
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