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CHRR welcomes Visiting Community Researcher Sandra Delaronde

May 16, 2024

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Angela Ciceron

By Angela Ciceron

The CHRR is thrilled to announce Sandra Delaronde as this year’s Visiting Community Researcher. Sandra Delaronde is Project Lead of Giganawenimaanaanig (we take care of them all), the Manitoba MMIWG2s+ Implementation Committee. Sandra is a passionate advocate for Indigenous people in Manitoba, working tirelessly to end gender-based violence and support families of MMIWG2S+. She has supported efforts by (inter)national, provincial, and local organizations to find a collective way through genocide to address MMIWG2S+.

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Open Letter Calling for a Ceasefire in Gaza

October 29, 2023

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Pauline Tennent

Ceasefire Now | Cessez Le Feu

The Centre for Human Rights Research, along with other leading pan-Canadian labour, faith, Arab, Jewish and civil society organizations, has signed an open letter calling for a ceasefire in Gaza.

As representatives of leading pan-Canadian labour, faith, Arab, Jewish, and civil society organizations, we are calling on the Government of Canada to take these steps:

  • Call for an immediate ceasefire of all hostilities in Israel-Palestine
  • Call for an end to the blockade of Gaza and for the restoration of humanitarian aid and access to the basic necessities of life

Read the letter & view the full list of signatories: https://ceasefirenow.ca

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Call for Proposals for Small Grants Program

October 17, 2023

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Corey Petsnik

The Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) invites proposals for its Small Grants program from University of Manitoba faculty members who want to explore new collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects. CHRR’s Small Grants program may be able to help you get a research project off the ground by connecting you to other researchers and/or community groups, providing organizational or administrative assistance, and offering startup financial support.

Eligibility criteria:

  • This program focuses on new research projects.
  • You must be on faculty at the UM; or partnered with a UM faculty member.
  • Priority will be given to pre-tenure faculty.
  • Priority will also be given to research projects that fit in one of the CHRR’s four focus areas: Borders and Human Rights; Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights; Right to Food and Water; Reproductive and Bodily Justice.

Feel free to email Dr. Adele Perry to discuss a proposal prior to submission.

Amount:

We anticipate small grants of $500 – $2,500. Funds may be used to cover such expenses as student research assistant wages, travel to meet with a research partner, or focus group expenses. Funds are not intended to support bringing in speakers, dissemination of research (such as publication support or conference travel) or academic programming.

Deadline:

Oct. 31, 2023

How to apply:

Email pauline.tennent@umanitoba.ca a 1-2 page proposal outlining:

  • Short project description
  • Some information about the applicants (such as a CV or link to your web page)
  • Budget
  • Timeline (indicating start and end dates)
  • How CHRR may be able to help
  • Whether the work to be aided by CHRR requires and has received ethics approval. (We recommend that you start drafting your ethics proposal when applying for a CHRR grant, to prevent delays in receiving funds).

 Evaluation criteria include:

  • alignment with CHRR mission;
  • evidence of collaboration across disciplines;
  • intention to use this project as a springboard for applying for larger grants;
  • our capacity to meet your needs; and
  • feasibility of the proposed project.

Successful applicants must:

  • To receive any money awarded by CHRR, you must contact Office of Research Services (ORS) to set up a research fund. ORS will require a signed Funding Application Approval Form (FAAF) available via UM Intranet, the original proposal, CHRR’s funding confirmation letter and any applicable ethics approvals.
  • Remind ORS to contact Research Accounting to allocate a Fund number, which will be in a format like this: 31XXXX XXXXXX 2000. Once you have the fund number, forward it to the CHRR manager and ask them to confirm to research accounting that they can transfer the funds. Note that any funds not transferred by Mar. 31 may need to be forfeited by the applicant.
  • Provide a short title and 50-100 word description of the project to use on the CHRR website and in promotional and reporting materials.
  • Meet with CHRR director Adele Perry at the start of the project to work out details of CHRR’s role.
  • Submit a short report to the CHRR on how the funds were used.
  • Return any unused funds to CHRR.
  • Acknowledge the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research as a funder in any resulting research publications and in any event promotional material related to the research.

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CHRR Project “Period Poverty and Equity, on Campus and Beyond” Featured in The Manitoban

July 04, 2023

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Corey Petsnik

Image by Ebunoluwa Akinbo

Period Poverty and Equity, on Campus and Beyond is a one-year project funded by the University of Manitoba’s Strategic Initiatives Support Fund that utilizes a menstrual justice lens to bring together faculty and staff, with students and organizations, to address period poverty and promote period equity here on the University of Manitoba campuses.

Dr. Lindsay Larios from the Faculty of Social Work, who will lead the interdisciplinary team alongside CHRR director Dr. Adele Perry and Dr. Julia Smith from UManitoba Labour Studies, was recently interviewed about the project by the Manitoban.

“We’ve identified this as a really crucial moment to assess what the available resources are,” Larios said, “and consider kind of a wider justice-based model for thinking about how we distribute menstruation products and how this might be affecting students, but also other community members.”

To learn more about the project – including its goals and approach – read the full story on the Manitoban’s website.

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    CHRR Strategic Plan 2023-2028

    June 19, 2023

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    Corey Petsnik

    Context for the Strategic Plan

    In its first decade, the CHRR has provided support to researchers working on human rights topics and hosted numerous public talks and events. As CHRR leadership evaluated their accomplishments and at the suggestion of the Senate Committee on University Research (SCUR), CHRR decided that strategic input from its Research Affiliates, staff, and students would be useful to guide next steps and provide direction to Centre’s future work.

    Engagement Process

    CHRR Research Affiliates, staff, and students gathered at the University of Manitoba on March 10, 2023, for a half-day strategic planning workshop led by Dr. Sarah Cooper and Lila Asher. There was a hybrid option for those who preferred to attend virtually, and the CHRR circulated a survey to gather input from those who could not attend.

    The workshop was organized into two parts: the first focused on participants’ overall vision for the CHRR and the second used a PARK (Preserve, Add, Remove, Keep Out) process to gather more specific input about what participants would like CHRR’s work to look like moving forwards. Participants worked in small groups to generate ideas, which they wrote on post-it notes and then added to posters for each question.

    After the workshop, the facilitation team organized the participants’ ideas and worked with CHRR leadership to develop the strategic plan.

    The full Strategic Plan can be accessed here.

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    Congratulations to the Small Grant Recipients for 2022-2023

    February 14, 2023

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    Pauline Tennent

    The Small Grants Program at the Centre for Human Rights Research supports faculty members interested in exploring new collaborative and interdisciplinary human rights research projects. For 2022-2023, the CHRR was able to support three faculty members, including Dr. Sean Carleton (History), Dr. Nancy Kang (Women’s and Gender Studies), and Dr. Lindsay Larios (Social Work).

    Dr. Sean Carleton joined the Faculty of Arts in 2020 with research interests in Canadian history, Indigenous history, schooling and education, empire and settler colonialism, history of capitalism, labour history and comic studies. Dr. Carleton’s Small Grant project will focus on residential school denialism, exploring mainstream media’s reporting on unmarked graves at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

    Dr. Nancy Kang is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Transnational Feminism and Gender-Based Violence. Her research involves comparative perspectives on racial, sexual and gender-based violence that affects women of colour in North America and beyond. She joined the University of Manitoba in 2020. Dr. Kang’s Small Grant research project will explore the role of women in Korean shamanic tradition (mugyo) using an Asian American feminist lens.

    Dr. Lindsay Larios joined the Faculty of Social Work in 2021. Dr. Larios is an interdisciplinary critical policy researcher with a focus on citizenship and immigration in the Canadian context, in particular as it intersects with family and reproductive politics and policies. Her most recent work pertains to the politics of pregnancy and childbirth and precarious migration as an issue of reproductive justice. For her Small Grant project, Dr. Larios will explore the barriers to healthcare access for international students and their families in Manitoba.

    In addition to supporting new human rights projects at the University of Manitoba, funds from the CHRR’s Small Grant project support student research assistants providing valuable research training and employment. To learn more about past Small Grants projects funded by the Centre for Human Rights Research, click here!

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    CHRR’s Inaugural Visiting Community Researcher: Welcoming Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans

    February 02, 2023

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    Pauline Tennent

    The Centre for Human Rights Research’s Visiting Community Researcher Program seeks to strengthen the human rights research landscape by supporting community-based researchers, activists, practitioners, organizers, and artists.

    Visiting Community Researchers will have access to university resources, libraries, and administrative support to connect with community organizations, as well as university faculty, students, and staff and to envision, develop, and share interdisciplinary human rights research projects.

    We are thrilled to announce CHRR’s inaugural Visiting Community Researcher is Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans. Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans is an experienced leader specializing in research, strategic policy, social service delivery, project management, systemic advocacy, human rights (particularly children’s rights), Residential School history, and sexual exploitation prevention. Since 2018, Dr. Evans has served in a leadership role with the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth. As Deputy Manitoba Advocate, she is responsible for research, investigations, quality assurance, and public education, advocating for the human rights, interests, and viewpoints of children, youth, and their families. To learn more about Karlee’s work, please click here.

    Karlee will be sharing her work with the CHRR community in the Spring of 2023. More information will be posted on our website.

    If you would like to learn more about CHRR’s Visiting Community Researcher program, please contact CHRR.

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    Check out the new ‘Missing the Bus’ Podcast

    November 01, 2022

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    Pauline Tennent

    Learn more about the connections between uneven mobility and mobility justice from an intersectional feminist context in Western Canada, with a particular focus on Manitoba, in the new ‘Missing the Bus’ podcast.

    Brandon Sun 24052017 A taxi sits in front the Greyhound bus depot on 6th Street in Brandon on Wednesday evening. The Greyhound building is up for sale. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)
    Brandon Sun 24052017 A taxi sits in front the Greyhound bus depot on 6th Street in Brandon on Wednesday evening. The Greyhound building is up for sale. (Tim Smith/The Brandon Sun)

    CHRR Director Adele Perry and CHRR Research Affiliates Jocelyn Thorpe and Karine Duhamel chat with host Olivia Macdonald Mager about their research project Missing the Bus: Indigenous Women and Two-Spirit Plus People and Public Transit in Western Canada. Through both this podcast and the final report, the authors demonstrate that public transportation makes possible the full participation of Indigenous women and Two-Spirit plus people in all aspects of society. Public transit, therefore, is not an additional or optional service, but a fundamental necessity. 

    This podcast was produced in cooperation with the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba and through funding support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Knowledge Synthesis Grant in collaboration with Infrastructure Canada.

    Access the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

    The executive summaries of the other reports funded through this initiative can be found here.

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      CHRR 2020-2021 Annual Report Now Available

      November 03, 2021

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      Corey Petsnik

      The CHRR’s 2020-2021 annual report is now available. This year’s report highlights the Centre’s activities taken in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. The activities have taken on an unprecedented online presence including, but not limited to SSHRC funded projects such as: At the Forks and Missing the Bus, both of which are ongoing. In addition, the report speaks to CHRR’s response to the ongoing unearthing of unmarked graves at residential schools through the summer’s online Question and Answer event, “Doing the Work” as well as new initiatives such as the “methods and mediums” bi-monthly workshops and innovative forms of collaboration between scholars, advocates and practitioners addressing human rights research.

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      The Right to Food and Community Gardening in Winnipeg

      July 20, 2021

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      Pauline Tennent

      By Pauline Tennent

      Dr. Fabiana Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Li’s research focuses on the intersections between food, culture, environment, and social justice.

      Dr. Li was a CHRR Small Grant recipient for her timely project that explored the right to food in Winnipeg in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Li and her team explored the creation of “Victory Gardens” in Winnipeg, which were originally popularized during World War I and II in an attempt to support the war effort and alleviate pressures on the food supply.

      Dr. Li’s project focused on the Meadowood Victory Garden established at the St. Vital Centennial Arena with the support of Winnipeg Food Council, partners, and volunteers. Dr. Li and her team explored the possibilities of improving the short-term phenomenon of Victory Gardens into a more sustainable transformation of food systems and urban agriculture. Lessons from the Victory Gardens project and recommendations for moving forward can be found here.

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