Guide to Establishing an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) Innovation Centre

This project aims to document the process that was undertaken to establish the first Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) Innovation Centre. This documentation will serve as a roadmap and assist in the establishment of future IPCA innovation centres across Canada and internationally. The establishment of IPCAs are essential if Canada hopes to protect biodiversity and ultimately achieve Target 1.

Development and evaluation of WinSport’s IPLAY program: A mixed methods examination of a physical literacy-based initiative for newcomer youths

Physical literacy (PL) programs focus on developing competence, confidence, and the knowledge to be physically active (PA) across the lifespan. Given that current rates of PA among children are continuing to decline, with only 9% of children meeting the Canadian PA guidelines, PL programs provide a unique opportunity to facilitate a lifelong interest in PA. The partner organization, WinSport, is interested in developing, rigorously evaluating, and iterating a community outreach program which seeks to promote health, PA, and engagement among new immigrant youths.

Documentary Digital Storytelling & Decolonization: Discussion Series on Co-Creating Media with a purpose in Indigenous Communities

This study aims to examine Indigenous methodological and participatory approaches to co-creating media with Indigenous storytellers and communities. Additionally, this study aims to generate information about ways to decolonize the media production process through better understanding co-creation and engagement practices.

Fostering Food Security through Local Cultures: Living Heritage Insights from Rural Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities

Current challenges, like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought new awareness to how we consume, produce, and distribute food. In Saskatchewan, climate change is already impacting the quality and quantity of southern water supplies and strategies used for hunting, gathering, and fishing in northern areas. Amidst these challenges, this project examines whether local tradition and heritage can help revitalize food systems in the post-pandemic period.

Solidarity not Charity: Mutual-aid volunteer engagement, experiences, and retention strategies with the Bike Brigade in the context of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced a heightened interest in, and need for, mutual aid: a collective effort to meet community needs and redistribute resources. Mutual aid has been a long-standing practice of Black communities, and existed before terms like ‘caremongering’, ‘crowdfunding’ and ‘the sharing economy’ became popularized. Mutual aid is also more than just a crisis response; it builds solidarity and sustained relationships across community members.

The effects of racialized culture in recruiting diverse talent

This project focuses on the visible minorities with higher education or work skills (e.g., international graduates or skilled workers immigrants) and investigates the barriers for these immigrants to find a job at their level of skill and education. More specifically, this research seeks to understand how much racialized culture plays a part in recruiting diverse talent. There will be no limitation in terms of the industries of the employers in our sample population. For our sample population, we focus on and include as many employers as possible from the Windsor area.

Examining the Relationship between Men’s Use of Flexible Work Arrangements and Parental Leave

This project will provide new evidence on fatherhood in Canada, regarding fathers’ engagement with both parental leave and flexible work policies. By examining in-depth the relationship between parental leave policy use, and flexible work policy use, we can determine how and whether fathers use this suite of policy options, and the impact it has on their division of household labour, and family wellbeing.

Remote Supports as a Service Delivery Option for Individuals Accessing Community Living Services

Many services including health services are now offered remotely through live 2 way communication from the practitioner’s office to the patient’s home. Community Living Society, Inclusion Langley, Richmond Society for Community Living, and Spectrum Society for Community Living, plan to see how this model might work in our programs that support individuals who have a developmental disability to live independently in community.

Developing an analytical framework to identify best practices on needs for social innovation in not-for-profit organizations

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson, provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization.

The Transitioning Youth with Disabilities and Employment Project – “The TYDE Project” – Focus on Gender Equity: Why are jobs distributed so unequally across gender?

Employment is important for ensuring social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who commonly use the identity term self-advocates in Canada. Self-advocates are much less likely to be employed, and work fewer hours a week and often earn only minimum wage. When gender is taken into account, men are hired more frequently, work longer hours, and earn higher wages. A better understanding of employment barriers facing women and gender diverse self-advocates is needed to protect and promote the right to work.