The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has recognized three academic-community partnerships led by FPA researchers.
The scholars have won Partnership Engage Grants, which “provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a partner organization” in response “to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors.”
The grants enable a sharing of knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest between academics and outside organizations.
2018 Partnership Engage Grants
“Transforming Indian Act Government: A Roadmap for First Nations”
Frances Abele, Chancellor’s Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) is collaborating on this project with Ernest Armann from the Lil’wat Nation, Satsan (Herb George) from the Centre for First Nations Governance, Catherine MacQuarrie from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Erin Alexiuk of the University of Waterloo.
The group is exploring how First Nations can best transition out of the Indian Act and into inherent right self-government. Addressing this question has been the long-term mission of the Centre for First Nations Governance (CFNG). When the Lil’wat Nation approached them for support in Fall 2016, the centre reached out to Professor Abele and the School of Public Policy and Administration for help in developing materials and practices that will be useful to many other First Nations. The group received $25,000 from SSHRC.
“Mobilizing Traditional Knowledge for Community Well-Being: The Native North American Travelling College”
Miranda Brady, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, is collaborating on this project with Martha Attridge Bufton, Anna Hoefnagels, Kahente Horn-Miller, and John Kelly of Carleton University, as well as Kathy Herne and Amanda Tarbell of the Native North American Travelling College.
The group is working together to document the nearly 50-year history of the Native North American Travelling College, an organization that hosts cultural workshops and training in and outside of their home community of Akwesasne. A goal of the project is to demonstrate the College’s importance as an institution effecting cross-cultural understanding and pride in Mohawk traditional knowledge and practices. The group received $24,000 from SSHRC.
“British Columbia in the Global Race for Talent: Assessing Local Experiences and Identifying Solutions for Enhanced Policies and Practices in Talent Recruitment, Retention, and Utilization”
Martin Geiger, Associate Professor in Political Science and European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, is collaborating with Patrick MacKenzie and Sangeeta Subramanian of the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia to provide crucial data, insights and actionable advice on how to best to attract and retain STEM talent in British Columbia. The province was recently named a “Digital Technology Supercluster” by the federal government.
Their project will include conducting stakeholder-based research with representatives of the technology sector and governments, leveraging these findings to identify best practices and actionable policy, and disseminating their findings and recommendations to relevant stakeholders in government and industry.
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