I’ve been fortunate to be part of a number of projects that have recently received funding news. I am very excited about all of this work, much of which involves community, engagement, and cross-cultural learning methods.
- The TRC-TF was recently awarded at SSHRC Insight Grant for “Establishing a framework for reconciliation action and awareness within the Canadian archival system” this funding will allow the TRC-TF to expand our outreach to Indigenous communities, Indigenous archivists, and Indigenous knowledge holders across Canada.
- The TRC-TF also recently released its “Report on the Results from the Survey on Reconciliation & Awareness in Canadian Archives (2017)” which I highly recommend folks read. The report contains an overview of work archivists are doing with Indigenous records and Indigenous communities. It also provides suggestions of steps forward to foster better relations between Indigenous communities and the archival community in Canada.
- Skylee-Storm Hogan and I were recently the recipients of of an Inspirit Foundation ChangeUp Grant. These grants are focused on building opportunities for people aged 18-34 to develop programming designed to shift attitudes within their communities. Our project is focused on building space for dialogue about reconciliation, issues of inter-generational trauma, and residential schools. We’ll be sharing lots of this work on social media as the project progresses.
- The “Documenting early residential schools” project led by Thomas Peace in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre, Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, and the Anglican Diocese of Huron recently received funding through the SSHRC partnership engage grant program. I’m thrilled to be a co-applicant on this project which will allow for the digitization, transcription, and discovery of records related to the early history of the Mohawk Institute and the Shingwauk Indian Residential School. This project also has a significant education component, involving a group of students from Huron University College working with materials from the Shingwauk and Mohawk Schools.
- Activehistory.ca was one of the supporting partners of Carolyn Podruchny’s “Aandse: Anishinaabe Ways of Knowing and the Transformation of University-based Knowledge Creation and Transfer.” partnership development grant, which received $200,000 from SSHRC.
None of the above projects would have been possible without the fantastic colleagues and collaborators I’ve met through Active History and the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. I am constantly grateful for the numerous meaningful collaborations that I get to participate in.