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6 Indigenous L.J. 193 (2007)
The Ethical Space of Engagement

handle is hein.journals/ilj6 and id is 193 raw text is: The Ethical Space of Engagement
WILLIE ERMINE*
I        INTRODUCTION                                                           194
II       ETHICS                                                                 195
III      THE STATUS QUO                                                         196
IV       THE UNDERCURRENT                                                       197
V         INDIGENOUS GAZE                                                        199
VI        EMERGENT RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                          200
VII      RECONCILIATION                                                         201
The    ethical space     is formed     when    two   societies, with    disparate
worldviews, are poised to engage each other. It is the thought about diverse
societies and the space in between them that contributes to the development
of aframeworkfor dialogue between human communities. The ethical space
of engagement proposes a framework as a way of examining the diversity
and positioning of Indigenous peoples and Western society in the pursuit of
a relevant discussion on Indigenous legal issues and particularly to the
fragile intersection of Indigenous law and Canadian legal systems. Ethical
M.Ed., Ethicist / Researcher with the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre (IPHRC),
and Assistant Professor with the First Nations University of Canada. Willie is Cree and is from
the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in the north central part of Saskatchewan where he lives with
his family. As faculty with the First Nations University of Canada, he lectures in subject areas
of Cree Literature, and Indigenous systems of religion and philosophy. Willie has published
numerous academic articles, including a widely read academic paper entitled Aboriginal
Epistemology through UBC Press, and contributed recent reports to the Tri Council Panel on
Research Ethics, and is a member of the Panel on Research Ethics Technical Advisory
Committee on Aboriginal Research (PRE TACAR). His primary focus as an Ethicist /
Researcher is to promote ethical practices of research involving Indigenous peoples with
particular interest in the conceptual development of the ethical space  a theoretical space
between cultures and worldviews.

Indigenous Law Journal/Volume 6/Issue 1/2007
193

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