University of Saskatchewan

September 18, 2014   

U of S Scores Success with Aboriginal Research

Evelyn Peters Canada Research Chair in Identity and Diversity: The Aboriginal Experience
April 21, 2006

Five University of Saskatchewan researchers have been awarded a total of almost $480,000 from the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to lead five new Aboriginal research projects in areas including literacy, urban identity, and the teaching of life skills to children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

“These five important research projects are directly in keeping with this university’s long-term goal to play a leading role in Aboriginal education and scholarship,” said U of S Vice-President Research Steven Franklin.

The five projects chosen for support by SSHRC’s Aboriginal Research program reflect a 71 per cent success rate for the grant proposals submitted this year by U of S researchers.

“That kind of success rate clearly demonstrates the breadth and depth of the University of Saskatchewan’s strengths in Aboriginal research,” said U of S SSHRC Coordinator Peter Stoicheff.

Each project will run from two to three years and may involve many co-investigators and outside partners.

“Based in a province with the highest proportion of Aboriginal people in Canada, we are uniquely positioned to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities and organizations – which is exactly the approach many of these research projects are taking,” said Franklin. “It’s both encouraging and exciting to see these collaborations taking place.”

The five U of S Aboriginal projects approved for funding are:

  • Evelyn Peters (geography) – $249,303 to discover the nature of First Nations and Métis identities in cities by exploring personal stories, social networks and participation in urban organizations. Partners:Central Urban Métis Federation Inc (CUMFI), Gabriel Dumont Institute, Saskatoon Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and the Saskatoon Tribal Council. Co-investigators: Roger Maaka (native studies) and Ron Laliberte (native studies). Peters holds a Canada Research Chair in Identity and Diversity: The Aboriginal Experience.

  • Linda Wason-Ellam (education) – $156,841 for aninterdisciplinary research project designed to help teachers, parents and other service-providers find culturally respectful and effective ways to teach reading, writing, and other life skills to Aboriginal children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Partner: Saskatchewan Fetal Alcohol Support Network. Co-investigators: Priscilla Settee (extension division); Patricia Blakley (medicine); Mark Carter (law); Stephen Wormith (psychology); Penelope Andrews, (School of Law, City University of New York). Collaborator: Wayne Podmoroff (psychologist, Government of Nunavut). Graduate student: Rae Mitten (interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate and resident, Native Law Centre). Elders: Wes Fineday and Jeanette Bugler.
  • Brenda Macdougall (native studies) – $25,000 to develop methods for creating a digital archive that will reflect the political and cultural movements pursued by First Nations and Metis people between  1900 and 1970 in Western Canada.
  • Randolph Wimmer (educational administration) – $24,784 to investigate the experiences of and unique challenges faced by graduates of the U of S Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) in their first year of teaching in band-controlled schools within the Prince Albert Grand Council jurisdiction. Partner: Prince Albert Grand Council. Co-investigators: Michael Cottrell (ITEP), Louise Legare (ITEP), Yvette Arcand (ITEP)
  • Kristina Fagan (English) – $23,000 to study the self-identity of Labrador Métis people and how they express that identity through storytelling, both written and oral. Partner:Labrador Métis Nation.

SSHRC is an arm's-length federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national, peer-reviewed competitions.

SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Aboriginal Research program funds research on issues of concern to First Nations communities.



For more information, contact:

Jennifer W. Webber
U of S Research Communications
(306) 966-1474


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