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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.

From coast to coast to coast


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?



SSHRC’s support of Aboriginal research has played an important role in enhancing the understanding and valuing of Aboriginal languages, world views, traditions, knowledge systems and contributions among Canadians. Scholars and Aboriginal Elders agree that mutual understanding, appreciation and respect for one another and for cultural differences are the hallmarks of an inclusive, cohesive and accepting diverse society.


David Perley
SSHRC-funded researcher and SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant recipient



Research, as Zora Neale Hurston once wrote, is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. Research in the social sciences enables Canada to contribute to solutions for building a more equitable and just world. Without research, there is often no visibility for pressing societal problems. And without visibility, there is neither policy priority nor urgency for finding solutions.


Bipasha Baruah
Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues



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