Building a collective understanding of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is critical in creating a stronger, and more equitable future for Canada.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, along with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), announced the launch of a funding opportunity to establish a national research program to advance the understanding of reconciliation. This joint initiative-part of the Response to Call to Action 65 (RN CTA 65)-is a collaboration between the NCTR, as safekeeper of the truths of survivors, their families, communities, and others affected by the residential school system, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). It stems from a partnership announced in February 2022.
This initiative will see SSHRC investing up to $6 million, with each grant valued at a maximum of $1 million over five years. The investment will support a national research program with multiyear funding to advance the collective understanding of reconciliation. The funded recipients will participate in activities managed by the NCTR, in its role as coordination hub for the Reconciliation Network.
The NCTR and SSHRC invite teams led by First Nations, Métis Nation or Inuit researchers to submit proposals for new or existing formal partnerships that contribute to our collective understanding of truth and reconciliation. Proposals could address residential school history; the ongoing legacy of residential schools; past Canadian policies of assimilation in one or more areas, including child welfare, education, language, culture, health and justice; or other significant issues.
More details on this initiative can be found on the RN CTA 65 funding opportunity page.