Many projects have been funded since the launch of the fund in 2011. Some of the more recent projects are detailed below.
Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ (IP) Sustainable and Green Economic Growth in Natural Resource Management of Yeak Laom Lake and Protected Area — Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia
Andre E. Papadimitriou, PhD student in the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Arts, was awarded a scholarship to implement, with a Yeak Laom community-based organization, a sustainable and green economic growth in natural resource management in Yeak Laom Lake. This project is situated in the northeastern province of Ratanakiri, Cambodia, an area that has gone through extreme deforestation, including in the community-protected area, for the benefit of economic land concessions (ELCs). ELCs owned by foreign investors who develop rubber plantations overlap indigenous territory. All the social and environment change is leading to expropriation of land and exploitation of human and natural resources. Andre’s work includes a strong mandate to support advocacy and human rights for indigenous peoples, provide mechanisms to alleviate poverty and increase the ability of the indigenous community to sustain its local governance and natural resource management. During this project, the surrounding indigenous communities will be hired for all related tasks in the development of the homestay. The community-based organization will aim to maintain a high level of participation from the community over the course of the project to ensure communal ownership and long-term sustainability.
Projet T (Projet Tutorat) – Val-d’Or, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec
Carlie Boisvert, a student in the Faculty of Science, was awarded a scholarship to implement Projet T (Projet Tutorat) in Val-d’Or, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec in summer 2017. The objective of the project is to bring together postsecondary educational institutions in the Val-d’Or region and the Polyvalente Le Carrefour secondary school to offer a tutoring service to secondary school students during exam preparation period, from mid-May to mid-June 2017. Ten tutors from similar fields as the high school students have been recruited from postsecondary institutions. This project also includes an online learning platform with tutors’ profiles, schedules, a forum, and a downloading tool for class materials and tutorial videos, to ensure students’ academic progress.
Improving the Lives of Brain Trauma Victims and Their Families
Raphaëlle Robidoux, a Faculty of Social Sciences student (psychology), implemented this project, along with the uOttawa BrainBuddies club and the Association des neurotraumatisés.
For sufferers of brain trauma, the incident that caused it as well as the immediate aftermath are, of course, difficult. However, the difficulties do not end there. For many survivors, returning to their homes and daily routines can come as an unexpected, hard struggle. The Association des neurotraumatisés de l’Outaouais (ANO) is a non-profit organization that supports brain trauma survivors by providing interactive activities for members and their families.
This project organized and hosted focus groups with ANO and BrainBuddies (a brain health outreach group) members. The focus groups were held to develop materials for a series of workshops given to brain trauma survivors and their caretakers. ANO educators and the University of Ottawa created workshop material that directly addresses members’ needs. With the help of BrainBuddies, a program evaluation tool was developed to further assess ANO needs. In summer 2017, the workshop material will be tested; members will be invited to ANO for coffee and a talk (a preliminary workshop segment), and will be asked for feedback. A full workshop series of six sessions on the theme of “Wellness in Relationships after a Brain Trauma” will be introduced to small groups of ANO members in fall 2017.
Anicinapek Cultural and Environmental Outreach Camps
This summer, Joseph Friis, a human kinetics master’s student in the Faculty of Health Science, will launch a tourism capacity-building project for a promising indigenous social enterprise, the Groupe touristique intergénérationnel de Kitcisakik. The project will take place in the La Vérendrye wildlife reserve, 100 kilometres from Val d’Or, Quebec. The Kitcisakik First Nations community has 420 members, 20 of whom are working on this initiative. Joseph will help develop a curriculum on ancestral knowledge to train and certify Anishinaabe guides. He will assist the organization with various activities: management, operations, marketing, partnerships and development of new markets. He also wishes to further recognition and renewal of Anishinaabe knowledge through tourism education, in particular, the guide training and certification.