The University of Winnipeg



Faculty researchers receive over $3 million in SSHRC grants

WINNIPEG, MB –The full list of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grants were announced today, and University of Winnipeg faculty researchers have received a total of $3,140,208.

“The University of Winnipeg is very pleased to receive these outstanding research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which recognizes our academic excellence in research,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Research is integral for any institution to excel, and benefits faculty and students.”

Dr. Mavis Reimer

Dr. Mavis Reimer

Partnership Grant

Mavis Reimer – $2,500,000 (English/Faculty of Graduate Studies) – for the seven year, collaborative research project Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation.




Insight Grants

Catherine Taylor, ©UWinnipeg

Catherine Taylor, ©UWinnipeg

Catherine Taylor – $254,200 (Education/Rhetoric, Writing and Communications) The RISE Project on SGM-inclusive Teacher Education in Canadian Universities – This project follows three large-scale national studies led by Dr. Taylor and longtime research partner Dr. Tracey Peter, which have surveyed 3,700 high school students, 3,300 K-12 teachers, and 141 school district superintendents since 2010. This new study will help Faculties of Education across Canada prepare the next generation of teachers.

“In our earlier study, the Every Teacher Project, we found that Canadian teachers overwhelmingly support LGBTQ-inclusive education, but it’s a new area and most of them had little or no coverage in their Teacher Education degrees, said Dr. Taylor.  “As a result, too many K-12 students experience the same unwelcoming, disrespectful school climates we found in the National Climate Survey back in 2010. It’s time to put an end to this needless suffering. If every Faculty of Education signed on to the RISE Project, and I hope that they do, Canada’s 2020 class of new teachers would start their careers knowing how to make their classrooms safe and respectful places for LGBTQ students, and sharing that knowledge with their colleagues. In keeping with UWinnipeg’s commitment to Indigenous inclusion, the RISE Project team will be strongly guided by insights from Two Spirit knowledge on gender and sexual diversity as we do this work.”


Janis Thiessen,photo supplied

Janis Thiessen,photo supplied

Janis Thiessen – $239,040 (History) for her research project that will take a food truck on the road though Manitoba communities in spring 2018.

Insight Development Grants





Dr. Wenbiao Cai - photo supplied

Dr. Wenbiao Cai – photo supplied

Wenbiao Cai – $51,752 (Economics) – Historical Development and Current Policies in Canadian Agriculture: A Macroeconomic Analysis with Micro Longitudinal Data – Canadian agriculture is among the most productive in the world and has a strong presence in the international market. It is also heavily subsidized. Agricultural policies in Canada are under renewed scrutiny and face increasing pressure to change, as Canada engages in new trade talks. This research aims to evaluate quantitatively the importance of public policies for productivity, inequality, and organization structure in Canadian agriculture. The results from this proposed research will help inform the general public about the nature and importance of agricultural policies and also provide policymakers with evidence-based research.


Dr. Jeannie Kerr - photo supplied

Dr. Jeannie Kerr – photo supplied

Jeannie Kerr – $34,242 (Education) – Crossing Borders in Initial Teacher Education: Supporting Translations in the Inner-City Practicum – A concern across Canada is preparing student teachers to engage with diversity and societal inequities in ways that promote equitable outcomes for students in K-12 education – especially in inner-city contexts. Canadian survey data continues to attest to the fact that racialized and Indigenous students in Canada experience inequitable educational outcomes, and inequity of educational outcome is particularly apparent in economically marginalized communities in urban centers. This research will be of interest to prK-12 schools; and inner-city educators and administrators to inform program design, policy and practice with student teachers.


Canadian Navy Students, Rimouski, 1958

Canadian Navy Students, Rimouski, 1958 Credit: Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board fonds, e011176795

Sharon Wall – $60,974 (History) – Putting up a Good Front: Masculinity, Military Men and their Families in Cold War Canada – The primary objective of this research is to understand the total environment of Canadian Cold War military men – that is, their experiences as workers, husbands, fathers, consumers, and community members – so as to best grasp their conceptions of masculinity and how these were crafted and expressed both within and beyond the workplace. This research makes important contributions to social and cultural history, more specifically to the history of gender, labour, marriage, family, parenting and childhood, consumption, and community.

The University of Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the funding we receive from the Government of Canada Research Support Fund in aid of our research infrastructure. Every year, the federal government invests in research excellence in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities through its three granting agencies. The Research Support Fund reinforces this research investment by helping institutions ensure that their federally funded research projects are conducted in world-class facilities with the best equipment and administrative support available. Please visit our RSF webpage at

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Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

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