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Decolonizing Indigenous and “Southern” Methodologies: A scoping review

Two of the populations disproportionately affected by HIV – Aboriginal Peoples and African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities – bring to the research arena distinct worldviews, perspectives and histories on research and research methodologies. In order to conduct successful research with a strong focus on the social drivers of HIV for these communities, it is important for us as researchers and community members to develop a shared understanding of what research is, what research means, and how research is enacted/practiced from different lenses.

Our group, composed of Aboriginal community members and researchers, ACB community members and researchers, and allied researchers, will conduct a scoping review of decolonizing, indigenous, and “Southern[1]” research methodologies to provide a foundation for our research work together on HIV prevention. The products of this review will include a working paper for use in the development of proposals and which could be shared more widely with others engaged in HIV/AIDS research. We also anticipate that the review process will inform a model(s) of cross-cultural collaborative engagement in research.

We are requesting funding for a graduate research assistant to assist us in the scoping review process, 2 peer researchers, and funding to support 2 face-to-face day-long meetings for team members to come together and work at establishing an inclusive, respectful conceptual framework to inform methodological decisions.

[1]“Southern” research refers to knowledge production methods that are distinct from dominant Western philosophies.

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