There is increasing pressure on university scholars to reach beyond the “ivory tower” and engage in collaborative research with communities. UWinnipeg’s Dr. Shauna MacKinnon (urban and inner-city studies) launches her edited book, Practising Community-Based Participatory Research, Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization on Friday, November 8 at 12:00 pm at Merchants Corner, 541 Selkirk Avenue.
This book presents stories about community-based participatory research (CBPR) from past and current Manitoba Research Alliance projects in socially and economically marginalized communities. Bringing together experienced researchers with new scholars and community practitioners, the stories describe the impetus for the research projects, how they came to be implemented, and how CBPR is still being used to effect change within the community.
The projects, ranging from engagement in public policy advocacy to learning from Elders in First Nations communities, were selected to demonstrate the breadth of experiences of those involved and the many different methods used. The issues they address are applicable to urban centres and rural and Indigenous communities throughout North America and beyond. By providing space for researchers and their collaborators to share the stories behind their research, this book offers valuable lessons and rich insights into the power and practice of CBPR.
MacKinnon will be joined by three of the books contributors for a discussion about research partnerships that fully engage grassroots organizers, community practitioners and Indigenous community leaders throughout the research process, Josie Hill is Executive Director of Blue Thunderbird Family Care Inc., and honorary alumna of UWinnipeg, having received an honorary doctorate in 2010; Diane Roussin is Project Director of Winnipeg Boldness Project and Chair of the UWinnipeg Indigenous Advisory Council; and Darlene Klyne is Program Director for CEDA Pathways to Education.