Decolonisation aims to deconstruct the hegemonic traditional Western academic practices and values that oppress Indigenous peoples. Decolonising research methodologies is a relatively new practice in disability research in colonised nations. This paper details the Indigenous community-controlled research methodology that underpinned a disability research project with the Anangu and Yarnangu of Central Australia, ‘Walykumunu Nyinaratjaku: To Live a Good Life’. The project aimed to identify and explore how to support Indigenous people with a disability in the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands to live a good life. The research was structured on a decolonising methodology to situate the control and governance of the research with the Indigenous peoples. Our experience could assist other disability researchers working with Indigenous peoples in remote communities.
Gilroy, J., Dew, A., Lincoln, M., Ryall, L., Jensen, H., Taylor, K., … Flood, V. (2018). Indigenous persons with disability in remote Australia: research methodology and Indigenous community control. Disability and Society, 33(7), 1025–1045. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2018.1478802