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Two-Row Research Paradigm and Participant’s Experiences

Dr. Bonnie Freeman (PI) from the School of Social Work and Dr. Trish Van Katwyc from the University of Waterloo are engaged in a collaborative research project with Two Row On The Grand Canoe Paddle, a community-driven, alliance building initiative on Six Nations of the Grand River.

Jun 17, 2020

Their project, Two-Row Research Paradigm & Participant’s Experiences, has been funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. This project aims to explore Haudenosaunee knowledge of alliance relationships that were originally sanctioned through the 1613 Two Row Wampum, the Covenant Chain of Friendship and the Six Nations Haldimand Tract Treaty of 1784, and that continue to be relevant in the present-day relationships between the Haudenosaunee and non-Indigenous people. The Two-Row Canoe Paddle includes both Six Nations/Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning of the history of Six Nations and Haudenosaunee culture with a focus on reconciliation, alliance building, bringing healing to the long legacy of historical traumas to which Six Nations and Indigenous communities have experienced and to building respectful relationships. The researchers have to date published two articles to share their findings: Testing the Waters: Engaging the Tekéni Teyohà:ke Kahswénhtake/Two Row Wampum into a Research Paradigm and Navigating the Waters: Understanding Allied Relationships through a Tekéni Teyohà:ke Kahswénhtake Two Row Research Paradigm.