Community-based Research

Community Service Learning

In addition to the blended learning experiences, each student in the capstone course, NS 430 (NS 550 - graduate level) volunteers 20 hours (30 hours - graduate level) to complete an Indigenous governance related project for Indigenous-related organizations, communities, and/or departments. We run this in partnership with Community Service Learning (CSL). CSL is also interested in how we can integrate service learning in a blended learning classroom environment.


Community Partnerships

  • Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
  • The Métis Nation of Alberta
  • Yellowhead Tribal Council
  • Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations
  • Native Counselling Services of Alberta
  • Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal
  • Aboriginal Women's Professional Association
  • Métis Settlements General Council
  • City of Edmonton, Aboriginal Relations Office
  • Tribal Chiefs Ventures
  • Wicihitowin: Circle of Shared Responsibility and Stewardship
  • Office of the Provost, Vice President (Academic) Indigenous Initiatives
  • Miyo Wahkohtowin Education (Ermineskin Cree Nation)
  • Lakedell School - Aboriginal Initiative
  • Government of Alberta - First Nations Development Fund
  • CJSR Acimowin Indigenous Radio Show
  • Alberta Indigenous Relations
  • FNS - The Oil Economy and Indigenous Peoples
  • Frog Lake First Nation Treaty Group
  • Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
  • Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
  • Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG)
  • Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE)
  • Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research (RCMR)
  • iHuman
  • Indigenous Learning Services, Edmonton Catholic Schools
  • Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
  • National Gathering of Elders Kanata

Completed Community-based Research Projects

Métis Nation of Alberta (2016/2017)

The goal of this project was to provide the Métis Nation of Alberta with a review and resulting recommendations in transitioning their governance structure and processes from bylaws towards a model that fits their needs in the twenty-first century, for example, through a constitutional framework. We held focus group sessions with MNA community members at their six regions in Alberta providing feedback on Métis Governance topics, such as consultation processes, program and service delivery, community engagement, and decision making. This was also supplemented with leadership interviews and led by a governance advisory circle.

MNA Community Report

Metis Settlements General Council (2016 Strategic Summit)

Facilitated workshops with 120 Elders and youth from the eight Métis settlements to engage membership and contribute to the strategic direction of Métis settlements.