The Fundamental Laws: Codification for decolonization?

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Indigenous knowledge has sustained Indigenous peoples for centuries. Despite the traumatizing and coercive impacts of European, and later American colonization, Indigenous peoples have been able to maintain many aspects of their cultural knowledge and ways of life.  In 2002, the Navajo Nation initiated a process through which they codified ethical standards their ancestors lived by since their [ Continue Reading ]

Aboriginal Women’s Voices: Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Incarceration

Pim 2014

This paper explores the cycling between incarceration and homelessness among 18 women in Calgary, Alberta and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan employing community based research and arts-based research. Women who participated in the study highlighted the personal obstacles and societal barriers encountered before and after incarceration while identifying gaps in services. The objectives of the research [ Continue Reading ]

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga – A way forward


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is a centre for research excellence within Aotearoa New Zealand. Since its establishment in 2003 Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga has provided over 650 grants and scholarships for the development and advancement of Māori research excellence. These scholarships have supported students and researchers in a range of ways including: post-graduate study grants, research funding, [ Continue Reading ]

Kanohi ki te kanohi – A Thing of the Past? Examining the Notion of “Virtual” Ahikā and the Implicat ions for Kanohi ki te kanohi

Pim 2014

The Māori concept of ahikā (burning fires of occupation) was once a necessary part of asserting one’s mana whenua (rights to land) over customary territories. If ahikā was exercised over land, that land would be open for others to take and use. Physical presence, kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face), was therefore required in order to exercise ahikā over land. The notion of ahikā has significantly [ Continue Reading ]