Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Selected Research Projects

SSHRC- Aboriginal Research Program, Development Grant
Principal Investigators: D. Rudman and C. Richmond
Co-Investigators: S. Huot; L. Klinger; L. Maghalaes; A. Mandich; T. Orchard, L. Shaw; D. Thomas; & J. White
Title: Learning with First Nations youth: Visions of education and work succees

Early Researcher Award (2012-2017) - NEW/ONGOING
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation
Title: More than sports and games: Physical culture at Indian residential schools and Aboriginal conceptions of health
Award Holder: Janice Forsyth
The residential school system is generally known for the abuses and deficiencies that have contributed to an array of negative health effects that impact Aboriginal lives in Canada. Yet, in the growing literature base that accounts for the maltreatment and neglect, there remains almost no analysis about the history of physical culture at these institutions – an oversight that limits our understanding of the relationship between residential schooling and Aboriginal health. This project will address that gap by documenting and analyzing the history of sports and games at two residential schools in northern Ontario, and by investigating how student involvement in those activities informed their understandings of health.

SSHRC, Standard Research Grant (2008-2011 + 1 year extension to 2012)
Title: Changing the face of Canadian sport: Understanding the experiences of Tom Longboat Award recipients, 1951-1998
Principal Investigator: Janice Forsyth
Co-Investigators: Audrey Giles, University of Ottawa, Michael Heine, University of Western Ontario
This SSHRC grant builds on my doctoral research (2005). It is a three-year multidisciplinary plan of research activities with two main objectives: 1) to expand our understanding of the factors that enable and constrain Aboriginal participation in Canadian sport, and 2) to create a more balanced understanding of what it means to be an Aboriginal athlete in Canada. We have been working towards these objectives by collecting, documenting, and analyzing the sporting experiences of Aboriginal athletes who received a Tom Longboat Award (the highest sporting Award for Aboriginal people in Canada) from the year of its inception in 1951 to 1998, and by disrupting the existing discourses on Canadian sport through the construction and dissemination of counter-narratives about Aboriginal experiences in sport.