“[H]ow do we implement … solutions that make a real difference for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples…”

—Cindy Blackstock

How are the experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada essential to building a successful shared future?


SSHRC has made various, proactive investments in Aboriginal research over the years, stressing an approach by, for and with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

This knowledge can be more effectively mobilized to help Canadians understand the current historical, cultural, social and economic situation in which we find ourselves, and to inform the creation of a vibrant, shared future.


Questions for further exploration:

  1. What are the implications of historical and modern treaties?
  2. What barriers exist to increased consciousness about traditional and contemporary Indigenous values, cultures, leadership, and knowledge systems?
  3. How can we build enhanced capacity by, with and for Aboriginal communities to engage in and benefit from research?
  4. What role could digital technologies and creative arts play in teaching and preserving diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage, memory and identity?
  5. How might the richness of endangered languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples contribute to global human heritage?
  6. What is needed to bridge the growing young Aboriginal population’s aspirations and potential to evolving knowledge and labour market needs?


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