For many communities, the tourism industry is an important and integral part of their cultural, social, and economic capital. It provides many jobs, salaries, and wages within local communities contributing to overall gross domestic product. While this industry creates opportunity and revenue there are also negative environmental impacts that cannot be ignored. The tourism industry is reliant on a healthy, pristine and accessible environment however this same industry is actively contributing to environmental degradation.
The proposed project examines the relationship between the City of Edmonton and arts space (re)development by arts and cultural organizations, asking: Can the relationship be improved? If so, how? Relying on a document analysis and semi-structured interviews with government actors and arts organizations, the objective is to better understand municipal governance structures and processes of relevance to organizations (re)developing arts space in Edmonton. The research will enable Arts Habitat Edmonton to better assist organizations undergoing these processes.
We live in a world where prisons are seen as a necessary condition for public safety and accountability. But there were no prisons on Turtle Island prior to colonization! The abolitionist dr eam of a world without prisons is grounded in a concrete historical context. This project both recovers and invents decolonial abolitionist methods for dismantling colonial institutions like prisons and jails, and for building freer, healthier, and more just communities.
Charla Huber wants to identify how employers can better support Indigenous employees. Many companies have identified they want to increase the number of Indigenous employees, but little success has been found. Charla will receive guidance from Indigenous Elders and leaders across British Columbia to understand the differences in how Indigenous people communicate and how their cultural values impact their role as an employee.
Research that supports Ontario’s wine industry has an opportunity to improve the quality of a white hybrid grape, Vidal, and to investigate the potential for a red hybrid grape, Marquette, which is seeing increased interest from growers and wineries. This project is a scientific evaluation of varying factors that could improve the expression of Vidal character in table wine and improve its market acceptability by assessing consumer preference.
There are currently no effective free, open-source tools in place to facilitate the resource management referral process at the community-level in British Columbia, Canada. There is a clear need to research, design, develop, implement, and evaluate tools and mechanisms that could streamline the duty to consult between government, proponents and First Nation communities, as well as facilitate the management and decision-making relating to the referral process.
“Cultural memory and diversity in Canadian film festival programming” will work with the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and the Vulnerable Media Lab at Queen’s University to research best practices related to film and video preservation, media digitization, and public programming. Specifically, interns will investigate the role of historic films made by diverse Canadians – including women, Indigenous and Métis, Inuit, and LGBT2Q+ people – within national film festivals, considering the social roles that these films and their screening cultures play.
Libro Credit Union wants to improve the Owners’ (customers) financial experience engaging them actively through the institution’s initiatives. Therefore, Libro is dedicating efforts to objectively measure which initiatives have a greater impact on the owner’s engagement; so they can have better insights into their audiences and can ensure best-served owners with tailored initiatives.
Our project, Torontos City Diplomacy: Arts, Culture, and Heritage, brings together scholars and practitioners in the cultural disciplines to consider how the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) engages in cultural diplomacy and cultural networks locally and globally.