SSHRC support for Bishop’s Unearthing Justices Project

SSHRC support for Bishop’s Unearthing Justices Project

Dr. Vicki Chartrand Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz Dr. Alex Miltsov

Dr. Vicki Chartrand, Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz and Dr. Alex Miltsov of Bishop’s University’s Sociology Department were awarded a funding grant of $297,242 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for the Unearthing Justices Partnership (UJP) to map resources in support of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ (MMIWG2S+) people.

The UJP Digital mapping of Indigenous Grassroots Resources and Supports for MMIWG2S+ research project will be conducted in collaboration with several Indigenous partners from coast to coast who are actively addressing the murderers and disappearances and with the support of Knowledge Keepers Gladys Radek and Viola Thomas.

“While violence against MMIWG2S+ people is well-documented, there has been less consideration of how Indigenous families and communities have actively navigated the terrain where justice continues to be absent, elusive, or invasive, if not violent,” explains Dr. Chartrand. “Through this partnership, we will center and build on communities’ existing capacities and strengths.”

Following the 2019 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ 231 Calls to Justice, the research partnership will create a digital map of Indigenous-led and -based resources of support for MMIWG2S+ people on a national website and other digital platforms.

The funding support is part of the SSHRC’s Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative to support community-based and led partnerships with postsecondary institutions to analyze the causes and persistence of systemic racism and discrimination. For further details, please consult the Unearthing Justices Partnership Research Spotlight.


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