Connection Grants 2012
SSHRC Partnership Grant
Building research capacity with First Nations and mainstream Youth Protection services in Quebec
Amount awarded: $1,560,352
Keywords: child welfare, outcomes, First Nations, Aboriginal, foster care
Although there is significant anecdotal evidence that, as in the rest of Canada, First Nations (FN) children are dramatically overrepresented in Quebec's Youth Protection(YP) system, attempts to document the extent of the problem and to understand some of the factors underlying it have been frustrated by challenges in accessing consistent and relevant statistics. FN communities in Quebec have been particularly concerned by these questions because of fears that changes to Quebec YP Act may be leading to children being permanently removed from their communities. Unfortunately, data on trajectories of children in out of home care and on permanent removal have not been readily available. Professor Trocmé’s research program will assist the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and its partner community agencies, such as Kahnawake, in negotiating funds for prevention services with the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AAND). The Partnership has been developed to support First Nations (FN) and Youth Protection (YP) organizations’ capacity to use clinical, administrative and population statistics to understand the service trajectories and outcomes for the children, youth and families who they serve. The primary source of data will be the two core client information systems used by Quebec YP agencies. Graduate students will participate in a series of participatory data analysis seminars to develop the analytic techniques covered in the workshops. They will also have an opportunity to develop critical appraisal and research review skills. Newsletters and inserts in agency annual reports will be produced to share results from these activities with agency staff and other relevant stakeholders. Professor Trocmé’s team will share selected results through a range of academic and professional venues, including international and national conferences, webinars and peer reviewed journals and book chapters.
Public Outreach Dissemination Grant
Treasures of Inuit Writing from Nunavik
Amount awarded: $78,264
Keywords: Inuit, Arctic, culture and northern media and television, traditional knowledge, northern studies, Cultural Studies
Cultural security is a challenge for Inuit from Nunavik (Nunavimmiut) as modem life increasingly impacts them in many different ways. These impacts include educational systems from the South, resource companies' encroachment, possible climate change influences on the way of life and the many new entertainment possibilities available through television and digital media, almost always in non-indigenous languages or cultural contexts. Perhaps even more critical is the loss of traditional knowledge and culture of Inuit as younger generations are bombarded with non-Inuit messages and cultural information. This dissemination project entails the development of an English and French website devoted to Nunavimmiut writings and images. This project aims at creating a fun and easy-to-read website with an image gallery to catch the attention and interest of young people, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, English and French speaking (at a future date, they may want to attempt Inuktitut versions). The main material will be taken from four books. The objectives of this research endeavor are to address the following concerns: How can these multiple and often very persuasive influences from the dominant culture be counter-balanced with Inuit culture? How can the Inuit maintain cultural security among all these enticing influences? Can Inuit culture and writing be supported and fostered using new technologies? How can a dialogue be fostered between Inuit and other Canadians which may lead to a new relationship? How can young students, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, be introduced to Inuit writing in a manner that both entertains and informs them and hopefully gives them a taste for further reading and study of aboriginal writings? Students will be directly involved in research about the texts, writing introductions and explanations for programs, assisting at meetings, writing reports and working on various aspects of the preparation/creation of web pages. The outcomes will be disseminated through a website presenting Nunavik writing, a blog, an article and/or conference presentation and a brief policy paper on Cultural security in the Arctic.
Partnership Development Grant