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Centre for Community Based Research

Social Media Based Knowledge Hub: Facilitating Access to Knowledge

Building on the momentum of CU Expo 2008, held in Victoria, BC, CU Expo 2011 aims to highlight the use of creative methods of research to meet community needs and produce results that are important and useful to community members, academics, and policy makers. The conference, running from May 10-14, 2011 in Waterloo, Ontario, is expected to bring together 800 people from six continents. Many of the people who were present in Victoria in 2008 are expected to attend. However many more people in British Columbia and around the world are passionate about the power of community-based research to effect change, yet are unable to attend the conference in person. This project seeks to extend and enrich the conference experience both for those who attend the conference and for those who are unable to attend in person by using readily accessible social media tools including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and web conferencing technology to create a Knowledge Hub. The Hub provides a participatory, interactive and inclusive way to share and discuss knowledge presented at CU Expo 2011.

Cowichan Women Against Violence Society

Inviting Voice/Creating Space for Cowichan Valley Women

This project will investigate how Cowichan women's experiences of marginalization and social exclusion affect their participation in community life as well as their health and well-being. The project will also develop a collaborative strategy for women's health action, by identifying the actions or systemic changes that will facilitate safety, well-being and social inclusion if implemented as health promotion strategies. This three-year project will generate locally relevant actions at both service and policy levels.

Hope in Shadows Inc.

Learning about illicit alcohol harm reduction options in BC

This project will train and take facilitators (themselves drinkers of non-beverage alcohol) to 10 communities outside the Greater Vancouver area to research how people who drink illicit alcohol see and experience the harms associated with their alcohol consumption and what they think the solutions to address these harms might be. They will share findings with decision-makers and work to see their recommendations implemented.

SPARC BC Society

Ensuring Dignified Access to Local Healthy Food for Marginalized Populations

Marginalized populations have less access to local healthy food because of systemic barriers caused by unemployment and low income, rising food prices, inappropriate public responses to their food security needs, and literacy barriers. Most programmes improving food security for marginalized groups are based on a charitable model of hand-outs. This project will create new knowledge about the ways in which marginalized groups can be supported to gain dignified access to healthy food, leading to changes in the way that marginalized populations and food providers interact.

Tides Canada Foundation

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study: City of Vancouver report and public engagement

The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study is an extensive new research study that has gone beyond the numbers to capture the values, experiences and aspirations of Aboriginal peoples living in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa. Speaking directly with a representative group of 2,614 First Nations peoples, Métis and Inuit living in these major Canadian cities, as well as 2,501 non-Aboriginal Canadians, the Environics Institute, led by Michael Adams, has released the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study, which offers Canadians a new perspective of their Aboriginal neighbours. Guided by an Advisory Circle, Aboriginal people designed the research themes, methodology, and executed the main survey. City findings are now available, beginning with the Regina City Report, and the Toronto City Report, which takes a look at the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study results specifically through a community based lens on each of those cities. Also available for download is a power point Regina presentation, and a Toronto presentation of the results. This project focuses on the City of Vancouver and compares Vancouver to the overall study results and to other cities. The Vancouver City Report will analyze the date generated by the overall study for city specific results and provide key insights in program and policy development.

University of Victoria - Faculty of Human and Social Development

Mitigating mining-induced health impacts in Fort St. James and Nak'azdli, BC

This project will develop an intervention to mitigate the impacts of mine development on the health of two Northern communities, located near BC’s newest approved mine. The project is a unique collaboration, bridging the issues of health and mining engineering as well as an Aboriginal and a non-Aboriginal community (Nak'azdli and Fort St. James). The project will use a community-based participatory approach and knowledge translation to develop an intervention to maximize mining-related social, economic, and health benefits.

UVIC - Centre for Addictions Research

The Role of Transitional Housing in Health and Recovery from Homelessness

Although transitional housing has been shown to be effective in helping people move from homelessness to housed, little is known about staff and residents’ perspectives on the role of transitional housing programs or how experiences may vary with gender and history of substance abuse. This project will gather data on the factors in transitional housing that foster or inhibit transitions out of homelessness for men and women and those with or without problematic substance abuse. It will also provide evidence on how, or if, transitional housing can or should be supported as an intervention in response to homelessness in Canada.

Vancouver Island University

Prevention and Preservation

This project aims to revitalize First Nations cultural practices and preserve cultural knowledge in a digital medium while increasing community research capacity. Aboriginal youth will document the knowledge of their elders on issues related to health, lifestyle and community history, and transmit this knowledge to other youth. The project will enhance intergenerational knowledge-sharing and connection to community while promoting healthy lifestyles. It will also enhance the capacity of youth to engage in digital media, create digital stories, and develop facilitation and research skills. The project’s long-term goal is to reduce the disproportionate number of individuals in First Nations communities suffering from diabetes and other chronic diseases.