About Us

‘A SHARED Future’: Relationships Matter for Reconciliation

First and foremost, this program of research is about reconciliation between knowledge systems; it must be foundational to our work together.

From this premise, renewable energy is our chosen platform for exploring reconciliation and moving towards healing our relationships with each other and the world around us.

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Our goal for A SHARED Future…

Bring forward stories of reconciliation and healing in intersectoral partnerships under the umbrella of renewable energy conservation, efficiency, and development.

Outcomes for A SHARED Future…

Bring to light new and restored understandings of integrative health by sharing our stories, resources, and tools with Indigenous and Settler governments, industries, ENGOs, universities, and beyond.

How will we achieve our goal for A SHARED Future?

Carry out a series of related projects, each of which are conceptually and methodologically framed around reconciliation and healing using renewable energy as our platform.

Our Plan

Our program of research – A SHARED Future – will support several thematically-linked projects across Canada that will study various types of intersectoral partnerships, with an overall focus on Indigenous peoples’ leadership in renewable energy conservation, efficiency, and  development.

About the CIHR Funding Opportunity

Background Information

  • In 2016, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced a call for proposals for Team Grants to look at intersectoral partnerships (multi-party, multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar) in environment and health.
  • 9 Teams were funded at $2 million/each; 1 Team would be funded that focused on Indigenous Ways of Knowing/Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Two-Eyed Seeing.

CIHR’s Description of the Funding Opportunity

Support research to examine how intersectoral strategies and approaches contribute to improvements in population health and health equity by preventing, mitigating, reducing and/or enhancing resilience to harmful environmental exposures and/or promoting healthful environments.

Support co-led interdisciplinary and intersectoral teams who will work across sectors and jurisdictions to tackle real world problems together with partners.

  • Examine and compare the social, cultural, health, health equity and economic impacts of intersectoral strategies (e.g. policies, programs, regulations, etc.).
  • Support the study of citizen engagement strategies that mediate or enhance intersectoral action on environments and health.
  • Support cross-jurisdictional programmatic research that contributes knowledge to solve real world problems in environments and health; and,
  • Catalyze collaborations across sectors and jurisdictions that engage researchers, knowledge users and citizen groups/associations in public, nongovernmental, and private sectors.

Research needs to examine how health and non-health sector strategies and approaches targeting the environment in different geopolitical and social contexts are implemented, can be further scaled up, and can be translated to improved health and sustainable change within and across sectors and at municipal, provincial/territorial, national and/or global system levels.

Funded Research Teams

Nine Programs Funded, $2 Million Each Over 5 Years

1. A SHARED Future: Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development for the Future. Nominated Principal Investigator: Castleden, Heather – Queen’s University. (Nexus Area: Indigenous Ways of Knowing/Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Two-Eyed Seeing).

2. The ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory): Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development. Nominated Principal Investigator: Parkes, Margot – University of Northern British Columbia. (Nexus Area: Resource development).

3. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Towards Responsible Replacements. Nominated Principal Investigator: Hales, Barbara – McGill University. (Nexus Area: Agri-food).

4. Developing a Framework for Wastewater Reuse in Canada: Using Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, and Community Engagement for Evaluating Water-Fit-For-Purpose Reuse. Nominated Principal Investigator: Ashbolt, Nicholas – University of Alberta. (Nexus Area: Urban Form).

5. Climate Change and Indigenous Food System, Food Security, and Food Safety. Nominated Principal Investigator: Harper, Sheri – Guelph University.

6. Multisectoral Urban Systems for health and Equity in Canadian cities. Nominated Principal Investigator: Gauvin, Lise – Universite de Montreal.

7. The Built Environment and Active Transportation Safety in Children and Youth. Nominated Principal Investigator: Hagel, Brent – University of Calgary.

8. Environments and Health INTERACT : INTErventions, Research, and Action in Cities Team. Nominated Principal Investigator: Kestens, Yan– Universite de Montreal.

9. Patterns of Resilience Among Youth in Contexts of Petrochemical Production and Consumption in the Global North and Global South. Nominated Principal Investigator: Ungar, Mike – Dalhousie University.

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