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As we settle into 2017, we look forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. Much has happened since Confederation in 1867, and Canadians will be marking the occasion with home-grown events right across the country.

SSHRC is helping facilitate festivities through its new Connection Grants—Connecting for Canada’s 150th. These grants support outreach activities organized by postsecondary institutions and their affiliated researchers that underscore the contributions social sciences and humanities research has made to Canadian society.

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Events across Canada

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, SSHRC and its partners are hosting a wide range of events focused on social sciences and humanities research. Check out what is happening in our research community across the country, and find out how you can participate.

Speakers’ Corner

How has social sciences and humanities research advanced Canadian society?

Social sciences and humanities research provides the texture and colour to everyday life. While the hard sciences provide the outlines of our world, humanities and social sciences research shades in the details. It provides us with a sharper lens through which to view the world.

Ian Wereley
Carleton University, 2016 SSHRC Storytellers Final Five winner

Canadian social sciences and humanities research on environmental sustainability has played an important role in shaping a broader understanding of the scale of environmental problems, and policy directions to address them. For example, the ‘ecological footprint,’ developed by The University of British Columbia’s William Rees, measures the land area necessary to sustain a population’s activities. The idea has become a major tool for public education on the environmental impact of different lifestyle choices, and is informing policy and research worldwide.

Jennifer Clapp
Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability

Social science has had—and continues to have—a tremendous impact on Canada. One striking example of past influences was the introduction of French immersion programs into schools, guided mainly by Wallace Lambert’s research, a psychology professor at McGill University. Canadian social scientists are doing cutting-edge work in areas such as music, bilingualism, parenting, indigeneity and many more. Collectively, this work has contributed enormously to our cohesiveness and inclusiveness as a society, and to our children’s successes in school and beyond.

Janet Werker
2015 SSHRC Impact Awards Gold Medal winner