WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg will be opening two new research centres thanks to generous funding provided through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund, Research Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and in-kind funding for a total of over $300,000.
Dr. Angela Failler’s new Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS) will share space on campus with the soon-to-be revamped Centre for Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC). The renovated CRYTC space will also house a new research project entitled Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation, led by Dr. Mavis Reimer. The newly configured joint space will open critical conversations that expand our understanding of how culture and public memory contribute to the vitality of civic life in Canada and beyond. Renovations begins this fall with Number Ten Architectural Group overseeing the design.
“The University of Winnipeg is excited about the joint research space these two centres will provide our campus,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice President of Research and Innovation, University of Winnipeg. “Both centres have a strong commitment to training students, community involvement, and collaborative research. This funding has allowed us to reimagine and revitalize a central part of our campus and we look forward to the research which will take place there.”
Information on the Centres
Failler is establishing a new Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS) on the UWinnipeg campus. CRiCS will house the innovative projects of Failler who is Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, and the work of UWinnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group which she currently leads. Failler’s overall program is designed to demonstrate the ways public memory and cultural studies research can generate positive social transformation. The main feature of the centre will be a Collaborative Research and Knowledge Mobilization Lab that functions as a multipurpose hub for research creation, networking, and workshopping.
“We’re excited that the Centres will provide a well-appointed work-space for student research assistants, and has the capacity to host visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows,” says Failler.
The Centre for Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) will accommodate a new community-engaged collaborative research space for the Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation research project. A large focus of this project will be to create a diverse set of teaching tools all founded in traditional Rocky Cree, historical, and archaeological records. The educational tool-kit will contribute to enhanced learning and enriched public discourses to support reconciliatory relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
“State-of-the-art facilities play a central role in ensuring the new generation of researchers can make breakthrough discoveries and fuel Canadian innovation,” said Roseanne Runte, President and CEO, Canada Foundation for Innovation. “These facilities will also act as magnets for international collaborations and for the recruitment of the best students and post-doctoral fellows from around the world.”
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 (RSF) 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 RSF.