LIBOIRON

Max Liboiron – 2023 Dorothy Killam Fellow

The Akihtam Project: Enhancing research by using Indigenous methodologies in quantitative methods

2023 Dorothy Killam Fellow

This is not the usual approach to quantitative research, but it can be. Indigenous methodologies are increasingly common in academia, but nearly all of these methodologies are based in the social sciences and humanities.

Dr. Liboiron’s research, The Akihtam Project, will work collaboratively with other Indigenous scientists and demographers to extend frameworks of Indigenous methodologies into quantitative methods common in STEM fields, including statistics and data visualization.

Increasingly, research advocates for Indigenous and non-Indigenous co-management of resources, inclusion of Indigenous people in data-driven decision making, and recruitment of Indigenous youth into STEM fields where quantitative literacy and even fluency is required for participation. These terms of literacy cannot be determined solely by Western models for just collaboration. This is not the usual approach to quantitative research, but it can be. Indigenous methodologies are increasingly common in academia, but nearly all of these methodologies are based in the social sciences and humanities.

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