Government of Canada supports research focused on race, gender and diversity

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Latest investment fosters various community-based and community-led research partnerships

OTTAWA (ON), May 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Community-based research is essential to better understand the causes and persistence of systemic racism and to address disparities related to race, gender and other forms of diversity. This is why the government of Canada supports research focused on the lived experiences of people from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Today, the Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announce an investment of $19.2 million to support 46 community-based and community-led research partnerships through the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative. This initiative is led by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), whose investment has funded health-focused projects.

Funded partnerships will build on collaboration and mutual learning to foster new knowledge co-creation, capacity building and knowledge mobilization among non-academic partner organizations and academics on issues related to systemic racism and discrimination against underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

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“When universities and community partners work together, underrepresented groups can conduct research grounded in their lived experiences. Today’s investment will accelerate our government’s efforts to address systemic inequalities and disparities in our society and institutions. based approaches, together we foster a more inclusive and greater country. »
– The Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Scientific research and discoveries pave the way to a more equitable, inclusive and healthier world Canada. Our government is committed to better understanding the causes of systemic racism and discrimination in order to develop strategies that will address them within our systems. Supporting community-led research based on lived experience will help us do just that.
– The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health

“Fostering equity, diversity and inclusion in research is a key pillar of SSHRC’s strategic goal to improve from Canada world leadership in research in the social sciences and humanities. This new initiative on race, gender and diversity will generate new perspectives and ideas based on the lived experiences of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, essential to building a more diverse, sustainable, democratic and just future. »
Ted HewittPresident, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

“The Ontario Federation of Native Friendship Centers (OFIFC) is pleased with SSHRC’s decision to fund the OFIFC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Project. This demonstrates that SSHRC values ​​and respects community-based research within urban Indigenous communities. Through this initiative, OFIFC will continue to play a leadership role in revitalizing traditional ways of promoting culture-based approaches to early learning spaces in urban Indigenous communities. Together, we will document how urban Indigenous peoples progress with culture-based patterns and forces the placement of colonial trauma in our communities over successive generations.”
Gertie May MuiseExecutive Director, Ontario Federation of Native Friendship Centers

Fast facts

  • Of the 46 projects funded through this initiative, 29 are funded by SSHRC and 17 are co-funded by SSHRC and CIHR.

  • These three-year Partnership Grants were awarded competitively, through a well-established merit review process, by a diverse, multidisciplinary, and multisectoral selection committee of external experts with a diversity of research and backgrounds. lived experiences.

  • Examples of projects funded under the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative:

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SOURCE Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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