SSHRC has a number of tools specifically intended to support applicants working in Aboriginal research; merit reviewers assessing applications related to Aboriginal research; and communities and other research partners engaged in Aboriginal research. These include:
Following are some additional resources those involved in Aboriginal research may find helpful:
SSHRC Funding Opportunities
All of SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connection funding opportunities welcome applications involving Aboriginal research. See the Funding search tool for a complete list of SSHRC funding opportunities.
SSHRC is implementing several pilot measures intended to support research by and with Aboriginal Peoples. These are aimed at supporting graduate students and postdoctoral researchers applying for SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships or SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.
The pilot measures include opportunities for applicants to:
- self-identify as Aboriginal, using their preferred identity terms, thereby allowing SSHRC to track and assess participation and success rates for First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous doctoral and postdoctoral applicants (note: this information is optional, will remain confidential and will not be used in adjudication);
- identify a proposed program of study as Aboriginal research, such that SSHRC’s Guidelines for the Merit Review of Aboriginal Research will apply; and
- specify additional circumstances that might impact the academic careers of some Aboriginal applicants.
Concerted efforts will be made by SSHRC to include experts in Aboriginal research in the doctoral and postdoctoral adjudication committees. Committee members will also receive guidance on how to interpret Aboriginal research applications, as well as any special circumstances related to cultural or community responsibilities and/or socio-economic contexts. Other measures of support for Aboriginal talent could follow in subsequent years.
SSHRC welcomes feedback and questions on any or all of these pilot measures.
To learn more, please consult Aboriginal Talent Measures.
Imagining Canada’s Future
Aboriginal research is a key element for all of the Future Challenge Areas identified though SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, and, in particular, the question, “How are the knowledge systems, experiences and aspirations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples essential to building a successful shared future for all Canadians?” This future challenge area includes issues and subquestions in areas such as Aboriginal youth and employment; historical and modern treaties; Aboriginal values, cultures and knowledge systems; and endangered languages and cultures.
In 2015, as part of the Imagining Canada’s Future initiative, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies organized a series of roundtable discussions in postsecondary institutions across Canada to gain the views of graduate students on the future of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. See the discussion and summary reports.
SSHRC also launched a Knowledge Synthesis Grants competition in this challenge area in June 2016. Watch the Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Aboriginal Peoples video to learn more about this challenge area.