Current Indigenous Research Projects

Cash Ahenakew, pii tai poo taa, is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia and member of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. Presently Cash is involved in 2 SSHRC & 1 CIHR funded projects.

Re-imagining Aboriginal education for a shared future: Examining Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements’ is a 3-year, $173,700 SSHRC funded project (PI: Cash Ahenakew). We start the inquiry with a critical analysis and interpretation of the AEEA’s. We then work with ancestral knowledge holders from bands in British Columbia and Alberta to discuss and experience land-based knowledges & ceremonial practices, such as the Sundance, to re-ignite our imaginaries of what Indigenous education might be & to offer alternative possibilities for non-capitalist existence based on the resurgence of ancestral ways of knowing and being.

‘Atsimapi: Cultural Competencies for Restoring Good Relations in First Nation Communities’ is a $249,900 SSHRC funded project (PI: Betty Bastein). We engage with community-based research practices with Elders, ancestral knowledge holders and practitioners from Blackfoot & Cree communities in Alberta.  In part our conversations concern colonial perpetrated violence’s and Indigenous responses through ancestral knowledges, kinship societies and ceremonial practices and how these Indigenous forms of knowing and being might inform education and community work. 

The Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest project (PI: Charlotte Loppie) involves a 5-year, 1 million dollar CIHR Training Grant. This Indigenous community-engaged research prioritizes Indigenous knowledge, decolonizing methodologies, two-eyes seeing with a strength-based focus that looks at traditional and innovative ways of mentoring in BC, Yukon and NWT. The IMN-PN links Mentees with community, academic and organizational Mentors with specific expertise to enhance their knowledge and research skills. More on Dr. Ahenakew