Collaborative Indigenous Media and Museums: Participatory Multimedia Production for Indigenous Art and Cultural Heritage

The Bill Reid Gallery (BRG) is a Vancouver based public art gallery committed to the display of contemporary cultural heritage of Coastal First Nations. In addition to traditional gallery exhibitions and programing, the BRG also creates an accessible archive for the communities they serve, the city of Vancouver and the general public.
This Elevate fellowship will support the applicant in the role of Visiting Media Curator at the BRG.

Inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in Resource Decision-making: innovative research methods, guidelines, and digital tools

The objective of our research is to reach appropriate recommendations, revelations, and transformative insights based on a survey of the field of Community-Based Monitoring and its understudied methods, while also developing a more inclusive process to achieve this, and applying that process in the creation or refinement of CBM digital tools. In particular our research focuses on the way Indigenous communities are using CBM to monitor, confront, and intervene in projects that affect their land and ways of life.

Picking Up Our Medicine Bundles in a Modern Day Context

Communities in Northern Saskatchewan have overwhelming epidemic rates of suicide. This loss is compounded by the unresolved grief and inter-generational trauma associated with the legacy of residential schools. There is a clear connection between high suicide rates and the historical trauma experienced by Indigenous people.

Developing Provisional Publishing Guidelines Informed by Indigenous Storytelling and Knowledge Keeping Protocols

This project will develop provisional guidelines for publishing texts for and by Indigenous people. Each story, each storyteller, and each nation presents a different case, and there can be no set of rules. The objective is to outline a provisional, adaptable set of principles, questions, and considerations to guide the process of selecting, editing, publishing, and marketing manuscripts.

Measuring Social Progress on Urban Aboriginal People: Construction and Application of a Composite Index of Quality of Life - Year Two

As Aboriginal people increasingly migrate to urban areas, it has become imperative to promote their socioeconomic engagement in the destinations. While there has been increasing research focuses on Aboriginal peoples’ quality of life (QoL) few studies explicitly measure Aboriginal people’s QoL based on a shared understanding of what QoL really means to Indigenous peoples and the government. Consequently, a meaningful conversation between the parties has not occurred to make a substantial improvement to the current status quo.

The Voices of Children and Youth: Community Injury Prevention through Visual Storytelling and Intervention (VOICES) in First Nations communities

The Voices research project aims to build injury prevention capacity within the First Nation community of Akwesasne (near Cornwall, ON) and among researchers.

Improving Social Conditions for Indigenous Youth: A Case Study of Organized Sports in Canoe Lake Cree Nation

This Internship project will look at issues affecting the overall social conditions of First Nation youth in Northern, rural and remote communities, with a specific focus on the Northern community of Canoe Lake Cree Nation. Historically, the people of Canoe Lake lived a traditional lifestyle off the land, including traditional land that was lost to the Cold Lake bombing range. The loss of traditional land and livelihood has had enormous social effects on the community, and its peoples.

Achieving aspirations of Canadian aboriginal communities through participatory cultural mapping and dynamic decision modelling - Year two

The Aboriginal housing situation in Canada is in crisis with a lack of culturally and environmentally appropriate housing. To address this need, this Mitacs Elevate project involves a collaboration between the Heiltsuk Nation (in Bella Bella, BC), the University of British Columbia, and FPInnovations. Through this project, a Participatory Approach towards Holistic Solutions (PATHS) framework was created and applied to help assess pathways with which the Heiltsuk Nation may effectively develop and implement community-led housing solutions.

Climate change, wildlife harvest, and traditional food security in northern Quebec

The wild food system of northern Quebec is a critical natural resource, health resource, and cultural resource of the people of Eeyou Istchee and Nunavik, which has and will be impacted by climate change in many, diverse ways. The research proposed here seeks to identify the likely climate change impacts on key wild food species as well as the adaptation strategies that enable the maintenance of traditional food security in changing environments.

Improving Agricultural Initiatives in Northern and Remote Settings through Region-Specific Agricultural Best Management Practices

The project seeks to compile data from previous and current agricultural initiatives in northern and remote regions of Canada to determine which agricultural practices are most effective in these regions and to identify the knowledge gaps that hinder the efficacy of such initiatives. These practices and knowledge gaps will be elaborated upon using local knowledge as well as relevant research from other northern regions (ie. Greenland, Scandinavia, Siberia).