Through grants mainly from SSHRC over a 20-year period, the Canadian Musical Heritage ORU researched and edited 25 volumes of Canadian notated music composed before 1950. In addition, recordings of previously unrecorded Canadian music have been produced through Marquis Records and Carleton Sound as well as a web-based database of pre-1950 35,000 compositions [now available at www.cliffordfordpublications.ca]. Over the past two years, CIRCLE has received funding through AV Trust to produce re-mastered recordings of early Canadiana on the Gala Records label.

A Database of ca. 3000 entries about written and recorded materials on First Peoples’ music and dance required preparation over a period of 20 years. Funded through grants from SSHRC, the Secretary of State and personal funding it is now available as CARD on the websites www.native-drums.ca and www.native-dance.ca. Those two websites were CIRCLE projects funded by Canadian Heritage, Canadian Content Online Program. Each website contains a wide array of photos, videos, overview essays as well as certain specific culture essays, plus educational kits designed to be used within science, music, social studies, native studies curricula according to provincial educational guidelines at the elementary and secondary levels in Canada.

Other important linguistic initiatives with Aboriginal languages, specifically East Cree and Innu, have been supervised by Marie-Odile Junker, occasionally calling upon the expertise of CIRCLE members and using the DT 1923 space. In addition to many printed materials prepared on these languages, she organized the website EastCree.org.

From SSHRC Professor Junker holds two important grants:

  1. Community University Research Alliance grant for Knowledge and human resources for Innu language development as co-investigator with Marguerite MacKenzie (Memorial University) for five years (2005-2009), and
  2. SSHRC Aboriginal Research Grant (3 years) for L’encyclopedie linguistique vivante du cri, for three years (2005-2007).

All of the above projects build on the innovative role that Carleton University has taken in providing programs in Canadian Studies. Music at Carleton was the first program in Canada to have a specific course dealing with Canadian music in the Calendar. Dr. Keillor, one of the co-directors of the Centre, initiated the first course on First Peoples Music of Canada to be given at a post-secondary institution.

Aboriginal Research & Resources

Canadian Music Research & Resources