April 20, 2011
BRANDON, MB — Brandon University received a 5-year, $1million Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) research award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This award is aimed at a university-community partnership to improve success for children and youth in First Nations, Métis, Inuit (FNMI) and northern communities in Manitoba.
Brandon University’s Faculty of Education researchers, including Researcher Team Leaders Dr. Alex C. Michalos and Dr. Karen Rempel, in partnership with the University College of the North (UCN), will help to develop the capacity of teachers, schools, school divisions, educational authorities, local government, community partners, and teacher education programs to understand FNMI learning, and develop, use and monitor community-based indicators that will measure educational success for children and youth. These indicators are the Vital Outcome Indicators, and the processes to build community capacity, mobilize knowledge and sustain efforts reflect the notion of Community Engagement.
In announcing the award, Dr. Deborah Poff, President and Vice Chancellor of Brandon University, commented that: “Brandon University is proud to receive such a significant, nationally peer-reviewed and competitive award for such a critically important area of research. This project is important to the university, the province and the nation. We look forward to the findings as this multi-year, interdisciplinary project proceeds.”
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Karen Rempel
Centre for Aboriginal and Rural Education Studies