The Indigenous Knowledge Circle (IKC) of the NBCKC first suggested creating a toolkit in November 2020. A literature review was undertaken to identify and compile resources that had already been developed on the topic of braiding knowledge systems and cross-cultural collaboration. Many of the excellent resources collected through that literature review are included in this toolkit.
The IKC held in-depth discussions about the values and principles they deem to be central to good working relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. These discussions, in conversation with the broader NBCKC and in reference to the literature previously collected, produced the 10 guiding principles for cross-cultural collaboration that form the core of the toolkit.
The practical considerations, resources, and guidance included in the toolkit were gathered from the literature review, and then organized, revised, and supplemented by various members of the toolkit family (see below).
The creation of this toolkit was truly a collaborative undertaking and we have immense gratitude for the time and expertise that so many people lent to this project. Here are the people who brought the toolkit to life:
Indigenous Knowledge Circle Toolkit Working Group Members: Walter Andreeff (Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 5); Peter Friedrichsen (Prince Albert Model Forest); Benjamin Green-Stacey (Assembly of First Nations); Connor Staub (Manitoba Métis Federation)
Primary Writers and Editors: Kristin Clark (Environment and Climate Change Canada, NBCKC Secretariat); and Amanda Sheedy (independent consultant, co-facilitator of the Indigenous Knowledge Circle)
Original Content Developers from Archipel Research and Consulting: Sophia Bain, Megan Julian, Graham Paradis, Catherine Stockall, Courtney Vaughan
Reviewers (*Note that some reviewers looked at the entire toolkit, and some reviewed specific sections): Allison Bishop (University of Guelph); Jared Gonet (University of Alberta); Soudeh Jamshidian (IISAAK OLAM Foundation); Megan Julian (Archipel Research and Consulting); Deborah McGregor (York University); Robin Roth (University of Guelph); Justine Townsend (Justine Townsend Consulting); Courtney Vaughan (Archipel Research and Consulting)
Contributors to workshops: Indigenous Knowledge Circle and National Boreal Caribou Knowledge Consortium members, Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership network members
Photographs contributed by: Kristin Clark (Environment and Climate Change Canada, NBCKC Secretariat); Ryan Dickie (Winter Hawk Studios); Ben Duffield (Fierce Bad Rabbit Pictures); Melanie Mullin (Environment and Climate Change Canada, NBCKC Secretariat); Erin Neave (Environment and Climate Change Canada, NBCKC Secretariat); Amanda Sheedy (independent consultant, co-facilitator of the IKC); Ezra Soiferman (www.EzraSoiferman.com); Ryan Wilkes, PhD.; and members of the Torngat Wildlife, Plants & Fisheries Secretariat
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