Research proposal written in nêhiyawewin approved for SSHRC funding

A research proposal that was written in the Cree language nêhiyawewin by researchers from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The proposal—which previously faced roadblocks—was submitted a second time and evaluated by Indigenous scholars who are fluent in Cree. The research team prepared an oral recording of the proposal for reviewers who felt uncomfortable with Roman Orthography. “As the first Cree-language application to undergo merit review, as we move forward in our support of Indigenous research, pilot projects such as this will be invaluable in exploring new ways of strengthening Indigenous research capacity in Canada,” said SSHRC President Ted Hewitt.

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