Aanii, boozhoo, kwekwe, tansi! Robyn Rowe n'dishnikaz, Teme Augama n'donjeba, wabimakwa n'dodem.
Hi there, my name is Robyn Rowe. I am a mother of four and a hereditary member of Teme Augama Anishnabai in northeastern, Ontario, Canada. I am of mixed First Nation and settler decent. My maternal family is from the Lake Temegami area where my mom and siblings live on Bear Island.
I hold a Masters in Indigenous relations and a PhD in rural and northern health. I started a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in August 2022 at Queen's University with a focus on Indigenous Sovereignty, decolonization, and data in Artificial Intelligence.
I am incredibly passionate about doing work in service to Indigenous Nations. It is for this reason that I started my own consultancy in 2020. I see every opportunity as a chance to learn new things, and I am always eager to take on new opportunities- so long as the work is meaningful and of genuine benefit to communities.
I am an executive member of the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group with the Research Data Alliance and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance (GIDA). I am an active advocate for Indigenous Peoples rights to self-determination, particularly within spaces where our information and data exist. I have been working in the space of Indigenous data and governance for several years and have contributed to the advancement of Indigenous data sovereignty through conferences, events, and co-authorship on publications, such as the CARE Principles of Indigenous Data Governance and the SEEDS of Indigenous Population Health Data linkage.
I am always looking for ways to share the knowledges that I have gained over the last decade with Indigenous Nations and Indigenous organizations who are interested in better understanding the world of research and data. As a First Nations woman and land protector, I aim to advance my obligations to Shkagamik-kwe (mother earth) by sharing knowledges that actively advance Nation rebuilding for the betterment of the land and waters.
I specialize in critical, reflective, and reciprocal Indigenous-led research and data initiatives. I am a qualitative researcher and social scientist with a vast and ever-growing knowledge of Indigenous data governance and sovereignty. I position my work through Indigenous and decolonial methodologies grounded by relationships, respect, reciprocity, relevance, and responsibility.