GG06-2019-0122-015 29/05/2019 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, present the Governor General’s Innovation Awards to Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace (Stsmel’cqen) and Dr. Marianne Ignace (Gulḵiihlgad) -Kamloops, British Columbia during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa,Ont. on May 29, 2019. *** Son Excellence la très honorable Julie Payette, gouverneure générale du Canada, présente le prix du Gouverneur général pour l’innovation au Chef Ronald Ignace (Stsmel’cqen) et Marianne Ignace (Gulḵiihlgad) – Kamloops (Colombie-Britannique) pendant une ceremonie tenue a Rideau Hall, Ottawa,Ont. le 29 mai 2019. Credit/Mention de source : Mcpl / Cplc Mathieu Gaudreault, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG, 2019
Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace and Dr. Marianne Ignace successfully combined scientific knowledge with wisdom of Elders.
Over several decades, Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace and Dr. Marianne Ignace have developed a model of collaborative approaches to research involving Indigenous peoples and communities. This new approach to knowledge mobilization and the development of methods that deeply respects and furthers public understanding of Indigenous peoples’ connection to the land and language.
Chief Dr. and Dr. Ignance’s work successfully combined advocating and practising western scientific knowledge in dialogue with the wisdom and knowledge of past and present Elders.
For a deeper understanding of Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace and Dr. Marianne Ignace’s work, please see the introductory video presented during the 2019 Governor General’s Innovation Awards ceremony:
“My great grandmother said to me, I want you to go out into the world and learn what you can and once you have done that, come back home and help your people”
Chief Dr. Ronald Ignace