August 15: Voluntary internal review. For feedback on your proposal, email the system-generated PDF of your application, as well as all Word attachments, to Robert Olaj in the Faculty of Education’s Office of Research in Education (ORE).
September 4, 10:AM: Faculty-level signature. Email your full PDF application and completed UBC RPIF to Robert Olaj in the Faculty of Education’s Office of Research in Education (ORE). The RPIF will be returned to you to submit, along with your application, to UBC ORS.
September 4, 4:00 PM: UBC ORS deadline. Email your application and your completed RPIF to Donna Lei
September 6: SSHRC national deadline.
Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives to contribute to the CRCC-prioritized national dialogue. These events and activities represent opportunities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.
Note: The leadership and governance of proposed projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis or Inuit communities.
This call for proposals affirms the important, holistic and interdisciplinary contributions to human knowledge that Indigenous knowledge systems make. Furthermore, the call respects Indigenous knowledge systems, including ontologies, epistemologies and methodologies, as important avenues for exploring the contours of Indigenous knowledge, supporting Indigenous research paradigms, contributing to interdisciplinary collaboration and extending the boundaries of knowledge in western research paradigms. As such, applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflect the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness.
The participation of Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders and recognition of their contributions and the observance of knowledge-specific protocols is encouraged.
This funding will support community gatherings, workshops, or other events or outreach activities that will mobilize existing knowledge, facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing, and result in the preparation of a position paper. The position papers will be shared at a national dialogue event scheduled for March 2019 to develop, in partnership with Indigenous communities, a strategic plan for an interdisciplinary Indigenous research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
Strategic themes for interdisciplinary events and outreach activities
This funding opportunity is guided by themes that have emerged from ongoing engagement with First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners and the federal research funding agencies (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR), and will help to frame the strategic plan. These themes focus on areas where the granting agencies can contribute to strengthening the capacity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to conduct research and partner with the broader research community, and the capacity of the broader research community to engage respectfully with Indigenous knowledge.
Applicants are encouraged to organize events and outreach activities that address one or more of the following interrelated themes:
- Supporting Indigenous Talent and Research Careers
- support Indigenous graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and research chairs;
- involve Indigenous Elders and Indigenous knowledge-holders in research;
- remove barriers for participation and success, including nation- and gender-specific barriers;
- foster an inclusive research and research training environment; and
- foster a science and engineering culture.
- Engaging Indigenous Knowledge
- support research into Indigenous knowledge systems;
- support Indigenous science and holistic approaches;
- enhance the understanding of reconciliation;
- build knowledge of Indigenous languages; and
- take into consideration intersectionality (gender, age, sexuality and other markers of difference).
- Mobilize Knowledge and Partnerships for Reconciliation
- translate research results into evidence for policy-making;
- share best practices and lessons learned; and
- ensure that research results, when appropriate, help close the gaps in social, health, environmental and economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals.
- Foster Mutually Respectful Relationships
- address or acknowledge an understanding of past research practices with Indigenous communities;
- support community-led research;
- ensure Indigenous ownership and control of data;
- enforce ethical and responsible conduct of Indigenous research; and
- support rights-based approaches.
Additional themes relevant to Indigenous research that may inform the development of the strategic plan are welcome.