New partnership: SSHRC and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation collaboration to advance Indigenous-led research



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SSHRC News Release for: The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and SSHRC partner to advance Indigenous-led research


The new partnership is an important step in further responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 65, and supporting calls 71 to 76

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are proud to announce their partnership on a national research program to advance understanding of reconciliation.

The new partnership further responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s call to action 65 and supports Calls to Actions 71 to 76. The collaboration will foster research on reconciliation and residential schools, done by and with Indigenous communities. It will leverage the skills and knowledge of both parties—the NCTR's expertise and ability to safeguard the truths of Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system; and SSHRC’s role to promote and support research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue, where the truths of residential school Survivors, families and communities are honoured and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR Archives is the foundation for ongoing learning and research. Survivors, their families, plus educators, researchers and the public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing.

SSHRC has long been committed to supporting research by and with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and has played a leadership role in recent years, on behalf of Canada’s federal research funding agencies, to co-develop with Indigenous Peoples an interdisciplinary research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation. The resulting strategy, Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022,was launched in January 2020. Through its strategic plan, Momentum 2020-2025, SSHRC has pledged to lead the implementation of initiatives and activities under the four strategic directions of the strategy:

  • building relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples;
  • supporting research priorities of Indigenous Peoples;
  • creating greater funding accessibility to granting agency programs; and
  • championing Indigenous leadership, self-determination and capacity building in research.

More details on the various initiatives to be undertaken through this partnership are forthcoming.

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