Kitigay: Indigenous food systems research with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Manitoba

This research documents the social impact of an Indigenous food systems development and education program called Kitigay. Kitigay means to plant in Ojibway to describe planting food but also ideas and education. This proposed participatory research supports farm and wild rice paddy design, implementation, training, and food product marketing in the First Nation of Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. This research explores how community-led Indigenous food systems education and projects can meet communities' needs and priorities to foster Indigenous food sovereignty and self-determination.

Indigenous and Northern Centre for Innovation

The goal of this project is to support Indigenous economic development corporations in the establishment of technology-focused companies designed to introduce, test and market new and emerging technologies of potential application for Indigenous communities. At present, northern, remote and Indigenous communities are being left behind in the technological revolution. Companies do not reach out to First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The” innovation gap” is growing larger.

Smart Work Zone Management - Year two

Construction zones are one of the leading contributors to Toronto’s ever-growing congestion. The aim of this study is to develop an integrated construction zone traffic management framework to minimize disruption of the traffic and reduce the effect in terms of congestion. This study leverages historical and real data collected from on-board construction trucks provided by the partner organization to find an insight as to how far upstream and downstream of the work zone congestion propagates.

Does Intervention Work? Assessing the Effectiveness of Business Innovation and Growth Support in Canada

Using the Business Innovation and Growth Support (BIGS) dataset in Statistics Canada’s Linked File Environment (LFE), the proposed research will evaluate the impact of federal business innovation supports on firm growth, innovation (e.g., patent behavior), and propensity to export within and across strategic industries. The findings will inform how the partner organization, and firms like it, understand the program support environment (i.e., what federal supports are available), make strategic decisions (i.e., which programs to target), and plan for the future of the firm’s growth.

COVID19 and Disclosure of Risk in Energy Exposed Sectors

COVID19 has accelerated shifts in the global energy market such that energy companies and banks may be impacted in the medium to long term. At the same time, the decarbonization of the world’s highest carbon sectors present opportunities for alternative energy carriers. For investors and policy makers it is important to understand the scope and scale of these potential changes both from the point of view of individual companies as well as entire sectors. In turn, this presents an opportunity to identify capital investment flows aligned with decarbonization through these new energy carriers.

Development of hand hygiene disinfectant using natural and non-flammable active ingredients

The use of hand disinfectant appears to have become a common practice for infectious as well as non-infectious individuals across the world for years now. Recently, a strong push to enforce the usage of hand disinfectants after touching any surface in public places due to the pressure of Covid-19 pandemic was seen worldwide. Many varieties of hand disinfectants for killing bacteria and viruses have been in use across the world. However, most of them use flammable solvents including alcohol as the main disinfectant.

Workplace Resilience Training: Evaluating the impact of the Be Fit at Work program on individual and organizational outcomes

This research has two main foci: (1) resilience and resilience intervention and (2) workplace dignity. The first main focus of this project is to evaluate Air Institute’s current evidence-informed Pathway to Resilience program, specifically their effectiveness in impacting the key resilience factors targeted in each workshop. This research will also examine data in order to identify certain resiliency factor correlations and/or profiles in order to provide more value to current organizational reports and key insights.

Fish passage and the importance of sea-run brook trout in small coastal watersheds in Prince Edward Island

Diadromous native salmonid species in coastal areas have been impacted by a multitude of factors including poor fish passage for over a century, and by an introduced salmonid, the rainbow trout. The overall goal of this study is to examine the impact of fishway improvement and anadromy, or the lack thereof, on brook trout populations. This research will provide data to inform coastal restoration efforts, particularly fish passage/fishway design, and generate new knowledge useful to the assessment environmental flows and the impacts of the introduction of non-native fish species.

Assessment of the "Pathway to Resilience" program

The purpose of this research is to develop an assessment for the "Pathway to Resilience" program. The "Pathway to Resilience" program is a resilience training program for employees developed by Air Institute. The assessment created during this internship will be used to assess the program's effectiveness. This assessment will be used to guide organizational reports delivered to client organizations following the program.

'Part of the water, part of the land': Developing Indigenous water legislation for Carcross/Tagish First Nation - Year two

The protection of water is a priority for Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN) and revitalizing Indigenous legal and governance systems is fundamental to advancing Indigenous approaches to water governance. While the citizens of C/TFN have governed the waters and lands within their traditional territory since time immemorial, their Tagish and Tlingit legal orders have been disrupted by colonial forms of governance. Nevertheless, knowledge of these systems endures in practice and oral history.

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