AERCAboriginal Educational Research Centre

Current Projects

Animating Mi’kmaw Humanities in Atlantic Canada

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has granted the University of Saskatchewan $249,858 for a three-year project to “Animate the Mi’kmaw Humanities”. Principal Investigator Dr. Marie Battiste will collaborate with Mi’kmaw scholars and teachers, working in a respectful and continuing partnership with scholars at the University of Saskatchewan—Drs. Lynne Bell, Art and Art History; Isobel Findlay, Edwards School of Business; Len Findlay, English; and Sakej Henderson, Law—who bring a blend of intercultural and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and talents to the task of animating the Mi’kmaw humanities in the educational enterprise, whether in elementary, secondary or postsecondary contexts.


Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre (ABLKC)

Project Timeline:  2006 - 2009

Led by two key institutions—the Aboriginal Education Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan and the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium—the Canadian Council on Learning’s Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre is an unprecedented working group with a growing membership of more than 50 organizations from across Canada—directly involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and identifying ways to strengthen learning outcomes among Aboriginal peoples.


Learning Indigenous Science From Place

AERC is one of the founding members of the Indigenous Knowledge in the School Science Curriculum Committee, actively involved in dialogue circles regarding the importance of Indigenous Science and the status of Indigenous Science within school curriculum in Saskatchewan.  In 2007, the Canadian Council on Learning provided funding for the Learning Indigenous Science from Place research project.  The full report and executive summary are now available for download.

Download: Learning Indigenous Science from Place Final Report.pdf

Download: Learning Indigenous Science from Place Executive Summary.pdf


Developing a Holistic Approach for a Virtual Aboriginal Health Training Centre of Excellence in Saskatchewan

Project Timeline: 2006 - 2009

The Province of Saskatchewan and the Government of Canada are challenged with the task of developing innovative strategies that will attract, engage and retain an Aboriginal health care workforce. In 2006, the Province announced that, working in partnership with Aboriginal Peoples, it would look into the creation of a virtual Aboriginal health training and workforce development “Centre of Excellence”. 


Canadian Prevention Science Cluster for Children and Youth (CPSC) Regional Hub


Project Timeline:  2008-2015

The Canadian Prevention Science Cluster (CPSC) funded by a SSHRC grant held at the University of Toronto brings together leading researchers and practitioners from across Canada who are dedicated to reducing violence and abuse and promoting healthy relationships among youth.  A main objective is to merge existing networks and best practices across a range of domains that intersect at the point of effective and sustainable school- and community-based violence prevention initiatives.  One of four regional hubs, the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan will maximize impact of existing and emerging initiatives by integrating a range of innovative activities that include effective school-based programs, youth-led initiatives, and the training of future educators and researchers.