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.
The BC food processing industry needs to do a better job of communicating its value if it is to attract the investment it needs to remain competitive and feed British Columbians. Food processing plays an important role in sustainable food systems, which in turn are a recognized component of sustainable community development. Yet, despite the facts that people need food to live and processing is a necessary undertaking in order to get food on the table, food processing is notably missing from scholarly discussions.
Using oral history interviews, this collaborative project will document and explore the social history of the efforts made by the Kingston arts community to preserve the historic Morton Brewery and Distillery and to create the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, a vibrant community arts hub. Supplemented by archival research, I will interview the artists, cultural organizations, and community members to document this community history and privilege the voices of those who worked so hard to create this space.
Mapping for Change Phase II is a continuation of a case study of best practices in the use of Geoweb as a mechanism for enhancing informational exchange and collaboration between homelessness stakeholders including non-profits/charities serving the homeless. Building upon the web-based mapping application (isearchkelowna) developed/evaluated in Phase I, Phase II will extend the broad-based consultation with relevant homelessness stakeholders in order to refine isearchkelowna to align with the Journey Home Strategy.