The University of Regina welcomes two new Canada Research Chairs – URegina

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 2018137 Views

November 20, 2018

Research focused on truth and reconciliation education and women’s mental health has received a boost thanks to more than $1 million in recent federal funding to the University of Regina through the Canada Research Chairs Program.

The research of Dr. Michelle Coupal, whose Canada Research Chair (CRC) is in Truth and Reconciliation Education, will help respond to the educative Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada by providing educators with both the theories and practical strategies for bringing Indigenous materials into the classroom.

“As a literature professor, I view Indigenous literary arts as having the unique capacity to foster relationships and alliances between texts and readers,” says Coupal. “Part of the reckoning in the path toward reconciliation involves establishing these connections through the stories Indigenous writers tell. My research aims to nurture ethical witnessing in the classroom as students enter into what one hopes is an allied and activist relationship with texts/materials that often directly engage with colonial violence and its ongoing legacies. Education is the key to restoring nation-to-nation relationships in Canada.”

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