Cultural Imperative – Willie Ermine

Willie J. Ermine, M.Ed., was an Assistant Professor with the First Nations University of Canada. He is from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in the north-central part of Saskatchewan where he lives with his family. As a faculty member with the First Nations University of Canada, he lectured in the areas of Education, Humanities, Indigenous Studies and Research Methods. He has published numerous academic articles and contributed reports to the Tri-Council Panel on Research Ethics. He has presented at various national and international conferences and symposiums on topics such as education, research and in particular, the nature of Indigenous thought. Throughout his research, Professor Ermine has worked extensively with Elders. He promotes ethical practices of research involving Indigenous Peoples and is particularly interested in the conceptual development of the ‘ethical space’–a theoretical space between cultures and worldviews.

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