Conferences, Seminars, and Workshops

Seminars, Conferences, & Workshops

Quality of Life: Towards Sustainable Community Futures
May 15-16, 2014

The Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) at the University of Saskatchewan is hosting a conference entitled Quality of Life: Towards Sustainable Community Futures in Saskatoon, May 15-16. It will showcase local, regional, national, and international research, community, and other initiatives to enhance quality of life and create sustainable futures for all of us. The conference aims to enhance understanding around important quality of life issues, including measures relevant to different communities and community-engaged research approaches to improving quality of life.

The conference will highlight 13 years of CUISR Quality of Life research (Bill Holden and Nazeem Muhajarine, PIs), SSHRC-funded Metropolis project (Quality of Life of Newcomers: Saskatoon, Hamilton, Charlottetown with Nazeem Muhajarine, Jim Randall, and Allison Williams, PIs) and research funded by the Prairie Research Centre, (UAKN) Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network: Jaime Cidro, Evelyn Peters, Jim Sinclair; Bettina Schneider & Kim Wenger; Evelyn Peters & Shelley Craig; John Hansen, Isobel Findlay, Joe Garcea, Rose Antsanen, Brad Bird, Darlene Lanceley, Harry Lafond; John Hansen, Nicole Calihoo, & Gwen Bear; Nancy Van Styvendale, Priscilla Settee, Sarah Buhler, & Stan Tu’lnukuafe.

Other plenary speakers include the following:
 Barb Byers, Canadian Labour Congress
 Sherril Gelmon, Portland State University
 Julie Kryzanowski, Deputy Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon Health Region
 George Lafond, Treaty Commissioner
 Pam Ouart, director of the UAKN Secretariat
 Ryan Walker, Prairie Research Centre Director
 Lou Hammond Ketilson, Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
 Katherine Scott, Canadian Council for Social Development and Canadian Index of Wellbeing.

The conference will showcase
 Community-based organizations working with children and youth, older adults, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers, housing and homelessness, justice, and cultural issues
 Local to international food security initiatives
 Book launches: Journeys in Community-based Research, edited by Jeffery, Findlay, Martz, and Clarke (U of Regina Press, 2014) and Priscilla Settee's Pimatisiwin: The Good Life, Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems (J. Charlton Publishing, 2014)
 Alanis Obomsawin’s Hi-Ho Mistahey! NFB documentary telling the story of Shannen's Dream that First Nations children have access to equal opportunity education and safe, comfortable schools

Sponsors include the University of Saskatchewan Vice-President Advancement and Community Engagement; the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement; the Office of the Vice-President Research; College of Arts and Science, Division of Social Sciences and Division of Humanities and Fine Arts; Humanities Research Unit; Edwards School of Business; the University Conference Fund; Prairie Research Centre UAKN, City of Saskatoon, and Affinity Credit Union.

Seminars

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Research Presentation and Discussion

This lunchtime series provides the community an opportunity to hear about research partnerships between community-based organizations and University researchers.

Learn how CUISR works, and how it can work for you and your organization! Bring your lunch and join us for an informal gathering.

Community in the University/University in the Community

This lunchtime series brings CUISR partnerships and projects to campus to celebrate the contributions of community partners to research design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination.

Conferences

CUexpo Conference

CUExpo: Community-University Research: Partnerships, Policy, Progress

May 8 to 10, 2003 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

CUExpo was the largest and most comprehensive Canadian community-university partnerships conference held in recent years. Approximately 350 participants attended, coming from the local community as well as other Western Provinces, Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and the United States.

The conference program covered all aspects of community-university research partnerships from empirical as well as conceptual points of view. The issues examined were multiple, from themes such as Aboriginal issues, health outcomes, ethics, inner city poverty and inequality, environmental management, and social justice.