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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?

Thanks to SSHRC support, we were able to participate in the sixth Lindau Meetings on Economic Sciences. At this conference, we interacted with 18 Nobel laureates, who shared their ideas, experiences and advice. We also fostered relationships within our group and with other high-achieving PhD students from around the world. We went home with new ideas for our own research and a larger network of potential collaborators and friends. We are confident that these will translate to better research projects in the coming years.

Nine SSHRC-funded doctoral students who attended the Lindau Meeting in Germany in August

Social science and humanities research has enabled data-driven policy and practice. In the field of social work, as in other disciplines, evidence-informed practice is critical. Good research and good practice and policy are inextricably linked, inform one another, and most importantly, contribute to the everyday well-being of Canadians—particularly the most vulnerable among us. With respect to my area, cyberbullying among children, youth and young adults, research is essential in order to inform effective prevention and intervention strategies.

Faye Mishna
SSHRC-funded researcher and dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto

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