The lasting impact of peer research with Indigenous communities of Guyana, South America

Mistry, Jayalaxshmi; Berardi, Andrea; Bignante, Elisa; Jafferally, Deirdre; Nuzzo, Claudia; Albert, Grace; Xavier, Rebecca; Robertson, Bernie; Haynes, Lakeram and Benjamin, Ryan (2021). The lasting impact of peer research with Indigenous communities of Guyana, South America. In: Bell, Stephen; Aggleton, Peter and Gibson, Ally eds. Peer Research in Health and Social Development: International Perspectives on Participatory Research. Routledge, pp. 246–260.

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Abstract

Indigenous communities retain considerable knowledge and skills for environmental governance, but are largely excluded from political, economic, social and cultural life, with limited rights to land and the mechanisms for determining their own development. In this study, participatory video and photography were used to explore community-owned solutions for addressing environmental challenges in the Guiana Shield region of South America, as a means to further Indigenous empowerment and self-determination. This chapter documents the lasting impacts of peer research, for peer researchers, individuals and communities, as well as policy and practice, beyond project implementation.

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