"Dr. Courtney Mason has been appointed as Tier II Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism. Dr. Mason's role at TRU is to act as an engine of research, working to connect the university with the communities it serves in purposeful and meaningful ways.
The CRC program invests approximately $265 million annually to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising researchers. Tier II CRCs are identified as exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.
Mason's research examines the historical impacts of abrupt changes in land use for rural Indigenous Canadians, and assesses how those communities negotiate the related challenges. Results of his research will influence policy decisions concerning the development of Indigenous lands and resources, which will have national and global relevance, as well as significance at grassroots levels."
Congratulations on this achievement Courtney!
Find the link to the whole article here:
"Measuring the Impact of Local Food Strategies in Aboriginal Communities to Improve Food Access and Reduce the Prevalence of Obesity and Obesity Related Disease"
(find us on page 8)
Written by: Michael Randazzo & Meagan Ann O'Hare
Photos by: Micahel Randazzo
Michael (Mike) Randazzo, a postgraduate student at the University of Ottawa, travelled to the British Colombia coastal community of Gitxaala over the past spring and summer. He was given this opportunity through the Students for Canada's North scholarship program offered through the Michaelle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement at the University of Ottawa.
The Webequie First Nation is a remote fly in community approximately 500 km north of Thunder Bay. This growing Ojibway community is becoming a champion of community food initiatives. In an area that struggles with access to adequate food, members of the community – along with the help of local food programs – implemented a community garden. Led by Randy Jacob and with equipment donated by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Food Strategy, volunteers were able to clear half an acre of land to create the garden. With limited supplies, no irrigation system and limited background in gardening, the community garden was able to produce a healthy crop of potatoes by the end of season. The yield was distributed throughout the community, and has inspired plans for the next season. After such a successful first year, the community is looking forward to improving their garden’s yield and increasing crop diversity next summer.
To learn more about the Webequie community and see what they have planned for the future community garden, visit them on the web at http://www.webequie.ca/.
Speaker Series on Indigenous Issues and Initiatives
Erin O'Sullivan, PhD
Strategic Research Directorate
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Well-Being in First Nations and Inuit Communities, 1981 - 2011
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:30 to 2:00 pm
To find out more, see our event calendar.