Submissions to CJPE’s Roots and Relations (R&R) need to demonstrate evidence of innovation and of the generation of new knowledge, concepts, methodologies, understandings or community . They must also address the responsibilities below. As part of our broader community responsibilities, as your submission moves forward it will be supported by advisors (i.e. non-elder support to submission author(s)) and/or Elder advisors (i.e. Indigenous). See also R&R submission and criteria graphic

All full first-draft submissions are due on or before May 31, 2022 and must include the following: 

  1. The lead author must be Indigenous, while there can be non-Indigenous team members. 
  2. The submission must connect to evaluation explicitly. 

Responsibilities to consider when submitting to R&R are listed below. The editors will reflect, discuss, and determine by consensus how well these responsibilities are met. Please note, while we strongly encourage consideration of each responsibility in your submission, it is not necessary to address all of them. These include:

  1. addressing Indigenous traditional knowledge, language, culture, theories, methods, and celebrating traditional ways of knowing, being and doing, and/or or contemporary lifestyles; 
  2. contributing to reconciliation, Nation-to-Nation, Indigenous data sovereignty, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or other First Nations and/or Indigenous-developed policy and/or governance frameworks; 
  3. engaging authentically with communities on issues that Indigenous community members, Indigenous governments, or Indigenous organizations want investigated (e.g., education, community wellness, justice, impact of climate change);
  4. providing communities with solutions to current and upcoming concerns;
  5. speaking to issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability; and/or
  6. influencing public debate and helping to shape or impact public policy.

As noted in the R&R Section Purpose and Scope) (NB add in live link once CJPE updates to a 5/31/22 submission deadline), submissions are aligned with the four directions of the Medicine Wheel (Bowman, 2018). The authors must identify in the abstract which Medicine Wheel door the submission addresses and in what ways. Choose one of the following:

  1. Eastern Door – Be a Good Relative. We come to the work rested and ready in ways that reflect traditional, cultural, and spiritual ways of knowing as a process where we respectfully listen and seek to understand first, then decide on best pathways together. 
  2. Southern Door – Be of Good Mind. This is the awakening, rooting, and centering of pre-contact and post-contact Indigenous and community-centered and community-created knowledge and practices that are restorative, regenerative, and strength-based, and that protect the privacy and respect the sovereignty of Indigenous nations related to various types data--cultural, intellectual, human, and non-human. 
  3. Western Door – Do Good Work. This supports the development of culturally specific, responsive, and regenerative strategies, studies, policies, processes, and work products that align with the need for healthy, reciprocal, respectful, and relevant Indigenous approaches to evaluation. 
  4. Northern Door – Be on a Good Journey. Using the wisdom of our Ancestors and Elders, we will be grounded in traditional knowledge to celebrate and share what is working and embrace and learn from challenges. We will support each other walking on sacred pathways for innovative and sustainable Indigenous evaluation that inspires the next seven generations.

Upon review, reflection, and discussion of your full submission by the R&R Editors, you will be notified via email regarding the next steps in the R&R submission and publication process. Any questions you have may be directed to the R&R Editorial Team (Mr. Larry Bremner and Dr. Nicole Bowman).