Resources & Publications

  1. Utility Self-Voicing Access Inter-Relationality (USAI) Research Framework: Second Edition

    The USAI Research Framework takes its acronym from the four principles of ethics that guide it: Utility, Self-voicing, Access, and Inter-relationality. Our work is faithful to Indigenous identity, harmoniously inscribed within the four directions of the medicine wheel. Our approach to research is practical; we recognize communities as authors of...
  2. Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Policy Brief: Towards an Ontario Youth Homelessness Strategy

    When the Province of Ontario released A Place to Call Home, the report of the expert advisory panel on homelessness, youth homelessness was identified as one of four priority areas for the government. This policy brief applauds these efforts and offers insights into how Ontario can become a leader in...
  3. Youth Reconnect Works

    This report is the first major review of our Youth Reconnect program. Utilizing data collected over the past 6 years and with a sample size of over 500 youth an external researcher was hired to analyze the data and determine how successful this program has been in addressing youth homelessness....
  4. Low Income Among Persons with a Disability in Canada

    Some groups face higher risk of low income than others: recent immigrants, Aboriginal people, lone parents, unattached people aged 45 to 64, and persons with a disability. For this reason, policies and programs designed to reduce poverty have often been based on interventions specifically targeted at benefitting members of these groups. Many...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper @ Online
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

82% of Canadians feel they have a role to play in the reconciliation process (The Environics Institute), and at this particular moment in time where, after six generations, reconciliation is possible. It is essential that the nonprofit sector work with Indigenous peoples to develop our collective path.

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is excited to launch the third round of the Journey to Reconciliation Webinar Series with: 150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper.

Join The Circle’s Kris Archie as she sits in conversation with Crystal Fraser and Sara Kormarnisky, co-authors of 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 days of 2017. As we approach the close of 2017 – the year of Canada’s 150th birthday – there have been robust discussions around reconciliation.

As individuals working in a sector dedicated to achieving positive impact, what actions can we take to better understand our role in contributing this collective path?

In this dynamic webinar, you will:

  • Go beyond the tagline: understand the fundamental complexities of what reconciliation means
  • Understand the 150 Acts of Reconciliation and apply them to the nonprofit sector
  • Identify parallels in social justice movements as we begin to understand the impact of colonization in Canada
  • Identify what work remains and how to keep moving forward through dialogue and practice

This webinar is hosted by the The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Fundraising & Communications: How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? @ Online
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan.

In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan.

At the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • define four types of program sustainability
  • state the factors that promote program sustainability
  • list reasons for developing a formal program sustainability plan

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Trauma-Informed Youth Justice @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will help participants develop a trauma-informed perspective regarding youth justice and identify the key features of a trauma-informed youth justice system.

A review of TLC’s evidence-based SITCAP-ART program as well as other best practice approaches will be included.

This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).

Transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminar Series: Using Integrated Field and Remote Sensing Approaches to Investigate Hydroecological Impacts of Climate-Induced Landscape Changes in Northern Yukon @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Throughout the year, the ESRC are hosting a series of transdisciplinary seminars in conjunction with the Sustainability: Science and Society program. These seminars will run biweekly during term time and are open to everyone.

In the first seminar, Dr. Kevin Turner (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University) will discuss the findings of his research investigating the hydroecological impacts of climate-induced landscape changes in northern Yukon.

Changing climatic conditions have induced widespread responses in northern landscapes, and there is much uncertainty in how this will impact the carbon budget that influences global temperatures. Dr. Kevin Turner’s research aims to inform predictions of how the hydrology and biogeochemistry of climate-sensitive areas will respond to future changes.

This seminar is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Datathon 2017 @ Brock University
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

The Datathon is an educational conference that will provide students of any background with an opportunity to interact, network, and learn about the increasingly important field of data analytics.

Datathon will blend the experience and knowledge of educators with hands-on learning. Attendees will learn how big data is changing the world and how to think like a Data Scientist, then be able to put this new knowledge into practice at Interactive Workshops and in the Datathon Competition.

Interactive workshops will give you an opportunity to learn the basics of data analytics from the experts. Workshops include introductions to SAS, RStudio and Python. The focus will be how you can develop analytical tools, analyze datasets, and develop useful insights.

This event is open to learners from all walks of life, university, college, high school, and those already working!

You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics to attend! You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills.

Fitness Fundraiser in Support of Pelham Public Library @ Fenwick Fire Hall
Sep 23 @ 9:15 am

Join the Pelham Public Library for 90 minutes of rocking music and a great cardio workout!

Meet various instructors and try some new fitness styles. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and snack bar.

Proceeds will support Pelham Public Library programming.

National Learn to Code Day @ Accenture
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

On September 23rd, 2017, Ladies Learning Code is hosting its fifth annual National Learn to Code Day — the first and only event of its kind in Canada.

On that day, over 1,500 Canadians will gather together in over 25 communities to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: Using Data to Solve Problems: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners.

In partnership with Accenture, Ladies Learning Code will build on their mission of teaching Canadians 21st century digital skills and encourage them to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make meaning of data.

Seating is limited, please register online.

This event is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.

Partners & Projects

  1. Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN)

    The Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara (PEPiN) project is a collaborative initiative of United Way Niagara Falls and Greater Fort Erie and Brock University’s Social Justice Research Institute. Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our goal is to understand the state of precarious employment (PE) and the impact it...
  2. Niagara Community Garden Network

    The Niagara Community Garden Network consists of numerous individuals and community groups across Niagara that are committed to sustainable community gardening projects. The group comes together regularly to share resources and information, identify common challenges and opportunities, and to create a network of support. Members each come to the Network...

Community Blog

  1. Lifelong Learning Niagara: Age-Friendly Principles in Action

    Over the past decade, the global movement toward age-friendly communities has demonstrated that quality of life is influenced as much by a person’s social environment as by their physical environment. What started as a project led by a small department within Brock University, Lifelong Learning Niagara has grown to become...
  2. Housing a Senior Population: The Economic and Social Benefits of Seniors in Your Community

    When communities attract and retain older residents in a diverse population mix, they gain the economic benefits as well as the social strengths of a mature population.  Understanding this helps to dispel common misconceptions about how Canada’s aging demographic will impact our health, social and economic systems. Canada Mortgage and...

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