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Records unprecedented research grant success – TRU Newsroom. Federal government invests $500,000 for projects that explore Secwepemctsín language, the history of unbelief in Canada, and BC’s opioid epidemic The Government of Canada has made a significant investment in research at Thompson Rivers University, awarding three researchers nearly $500,000 to conduct groundbreaking work in the social sciences and humanities.
The funding is part of more than $91 million awarded nationally by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through its Insight Grants program. This marks the first time since TRU received its research mandate in 2005 that the university has recorded a 100 per cent success rate on such prestigious federal awards. Preserving an endangered language Dr. I feel language is the best way to really get to know the people, history and culture.Dr.
Ramirez arrived at TRU more than a decade ago, and one of her first cultural experiences in the city was the annual Kamloopa Powwow. Social history of unbelief in Canada Dr. Dr. A cultural map of the opioid crisis. About 40 years ago, cultural mapping was developed amidst land claim issues in Northern Canada.
Indigenous land claims based on oral history couldn’t be proven in court. As a result, hundreds of maps were drawn. The maps were so precise, they passed legal threshold and the court ruled in favour of local Indigenous land rights. Today, that same research technique has been endorsed by the United Nations and is being used by Thompson Rivers University researchers working with the City of Kamloops as a way to gain a deeper understanding of the opioid crisis as overdose deaths continue to rise in the city and throughout British Columbia.
“I think what we’ll have is a much clearer view, a much clearer definition of the issues at stake in our local community,” said Will Garrett-Petts, TRU’s associate vice president of research and graduate studies and project lead. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian has stressed the importance of such partnerships, included in his 2018 mayoral campaign. City of Kamloops, TRU renew memorandum of understanding. Help Us Help Kamloops.
Support Local Media. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Kamloops This Week is now soliciting donations from readers. This program is designed to support our local journalism in a time where our advertisers are unable to due to their own economic constraints. And City of Kamloops renew memorandum of understanding – TRU Newsroom. KAMLOOPS – The City of Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) first signed on August 23, 2018, with both parties noting that such partnerships are more important than ever as Kamloops and region rebuilds from the pandemic.
“TRU was pleased to be a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery. Universities have historically played an important role in supporting communities. This will continue, and in a much stronger way as we plan for a social and economic recovery,” said TRU President Brett Fairbairn. “As we heard through the task force, Kamloops businesses and residents are struggling through this pandemic. We know through partnerships such as this that the City will recover and grow back even stronger,” said Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian.
The MOU signed today builds upon recent successes, incorporates minor adjustments for approval of shared projects, and continues the ongoing strong partnership. WALK WITH ME - Comox Valley Art Gallery. September 30 - November 21 2020 This fall CVAG is opening space for: WALK WITH ME / uncovering the human dimensions of the overdose crisis dedicated to those who have given bravely their life stories…and to all who dare to imagine a better future This arts-based community action project seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the overdose crisis as it has unfolded locally in the Comox Valley.
Walk With Me - Tide Change. People will have the opportunity to participate in Walk With Me – a powerful art-based community action project that seeks to uncover the human dimensions of the overdose crisis – starting September 30th, and running until November 21st.
In this project, a group of artist-researchers, front-line workers, people with lived and living experience and their family members have banded together in a spirit of solidarity, attempting to come to terms with the impact of the crisis on individuals and community groups through a practice of story sharing. The project aims to cultivate awareness leading to change.
The Gallery will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10am to 4.30pm. Participants are welcome to attend ‘community events’ from 12-1 each day, which include food, panel discussions, art projects and sharing. Participants may also join ‘story walks’ – guided audio walks that travel into nearby parks and neighborhoods – beginning at 11am and 1pm. COVID protocols are in place. Community Wellness Grants: Cultural Mapping and the Opioid Crisis. Journey-Mapping-Substance-Use-Treatment-Report-1. Services - Drawing Change. Cultural Mapping – Salmon Arm Pride Project.