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(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Community-Based Research Canada presents a free webinar series called “Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change”. Presented by Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor
Community-Based Research Canada presents a free webinar series called “Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change”.
Presented by Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair)
This series includes three parts that look into the impact of community-based research from different angles: the Canadian context, an international perspective, as well as the path towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
A report released a few months ago, Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities, highlights the role that our universities and other post-secondary institutions can, and should, play in addressing the challenges and uncertainties that threaten social cohesion and community well-being in Canada and beyond.
The report points to existing institutional assets and capacities, which, when directed at building social infrastructure, can make a real positive difference for our communities and their citizens. In many respects, the report echoes the strategic priorities and operational plans of many of our universities and colleges. Yet the potential for collaborative initiatives and action still substantially exceed what has so far been realized.
This is the positive and evolving context and trajectory in which pan-Canadian organizations, like Community Based Research Canada (CBRC), see their mission and objectives. In this webinar, Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair) describe the role that CBRC plays as an enabling platform and forum for sharing and disseminating best practices, supporting collaborative research initiatives, liaising with funding agencies, and promoting excellence in community based research. The discussion will draw on some specific place based examples of community based research projects.
The first webinar is on June 5th, 2018. Registration is now open through CBRC’s website.
Community-Based Research Canada
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm AST
On May 30th, 2018 Felicia Newell will be defending her Master’s thesis for the degree program MSc (Applied Human Nutrition) at FoodARC. Felicia's thesis title is "How and why do social
On May 30th, 2018 Felicia Newell will be defending her Master’s thesis for the degree program MSc (Applied Human Nutrition) at FoodARC.
Felicia’s thesis title is “How and why do social ideologies, discourses and stigma at the institutional level contribute to the ongoing food insecurity and marginalization of low-income lone mothers in Halifax Regional Municipality.
This event is open to the Mount community and the public. We will be glad to see you there!
(Thursday) 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm AST
The Food Action Research Centre
On May 17th, 2018 FoodARC proudly hosted The Community-Campus
On May 17th, 2018 FoodARC proudly hosted The Community-Campus Engagement Canada – Halifax Roundtable. The event was led by the principal investigator of The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) research project, Dr. Peter Andrée (Carleton University). CFICE is a 7-year action research project that is focused on strengthening Canadian communities by improving community-campus partnerships.
The CCEC Halifax Roundtable is a part of the series of events hosted all over Canada with the intention of gathering a valuable input from the community-campus engagement (CCE) stakeholders.
The Roundtable started with welcome remarks by Dr. Patty Williams (FoodARC, Mount Saint Vincent University), discussion of expectation and goals, followed by an introduction of participants. After that, Dr. Andrée provided an overview of the CFICE project, insights from the CFICE symposium and answered questions about food policy, partnerships with provincial governments and integrated learning experiences for students.
Dr. Andrée’s presentation was followed by a story sharing activity where participants partnered up and discussed their experiences in CCE. Participants were asked to outline the values and challenges of the experiences and bring them to the whole group. Some of the values included: adaptation, collaboration, sharing work, listening to communities, having fun and professional training.
The challenges brought up by participants included: institutional constraints, tired communities, funding, pace and purpose (misalignment of community and academia), power struggles, matching skills and needs, student only-oriented experiences, time struggles, continuity (with the cycle of students), decolonization (value of two-eyed seeing as a research tool), challenges in engaging with Indigenous communities (ethics, power, ownership of the results, research through the intersectionality lens).
After the story sharing activity, participants were divided into small groups to complete the SOAR exercise that was focused on future visions and actions in CCE. Some of the recommendations developed by the participants included: utilization of positive international and national experience, a creation of shared language understood by everyone involved, transdisciplinary approach beyond the partnerships between communities and academia, leadership from “in-between”, advocacy on the federal level, a value of social capital and common fundamental purpose.
- Event Notes » (PDF 484 KB, 4 pages)
View a full compilation of the notes from the event.
- Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE)
For more information on CFICE visit their website.
Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE)
(Saturday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AST
On Saturday, June 10th,
Catherine Hart (FoodARC) delivered a presentation to frame the day’s visions, discussions, and action planning – “Food action: Addressing the roots of household food insecurity & supporting seeds of action to build community food security.”
The activities and conversations of the day took participants through a process of discovering, dreaming, designing, and action planning for new and existing projects in Kings County. The day provided space for pitching projects and ideas, time to discuss them in small groups and mind-space to depart with clear action plans.
Four event participants also played the role of storyteller during this morning activity. Attendees were invited to listen to one of four separate stories.
Discover: Community Strengths and Opportunities
Participants paired up and had conversations that were guided by three questions.
Visioning / Innovating to Meet that Vision
Participants were asked to dream big and imagine their preferred food- related future in small groups. Participants shared the components of their visions for empowering food for all in Kings with the larger group. Their responses were sorted into themes shared between and across group.
This final and crucial chunk of time is what everyone had been working towards throughout the day. Individuals involved with an existing project or bringing a new idea to the table were invited to host a conversation and action planning session about their project. Seven projects were brought forward; the conversations and progress was captured on visual templates and presented briefly to the larger group at the end of the session.
- Slides– Food action: Addressing the roots of household food insecurity & supporting seeds of action to build community food security »
(June 10, 2017 | PDF, 3.4 MB)
- Harvest Report – Kings County Food Summit: Empowering food for all »
(June 10, 2017 | PDF, 3.8 MB)
This regional gathering and conversation was hosted as part of the outreach project “Looking Back to Move Ahead,” which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is being led by FoodARC and some of its partners.
The Spot Community Food Hub