On December 14th, 2017 two key activities occurred in Ottawa: 1) a Conversation on the potential of community based research for the addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2)the launch of the Knowledge for Change International Consortium for Training in Community Based Research. The event with these activities was co-hosted by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the University of Victoria in cooperation with Community Based Research Canada.
The two activities had five main goals:
- To draw attention to the potential community based, community engaged, Indigenous centred research for addressing the UN SDGs. There is no mention of the value of this type of bottom-up action research which links academic and civil society capacities in the official UN documents. The references to research in the official documents are to the role of Science and technology but with out attention to the engagement dimension.
- To give visibility to the growth of the discourse and practice of CBR in Canada, including the leading role that Indigenous approaches to research have played over the past 20-25 years
- To give visibility to the potential of co-constructed knowledge and action in the international communities
- To provide information on the types of global investments that could build the capacity of CBR to address UN SDGs
- To draw attention to the shortage of learning opportunities/locations/programmes for learning how to do CBR
The panel included national leaders in community-based research, including three CBRC Board Members:
- Joanna Ochocka, Executive Director of the Centre for Community Based Research and Board Member of Community Based Research Canada
- Sandrina de Finney, Associate Professor, Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria
- Martin Taylor, Chair of the Board of Community Based Research Canada
- Florence Piron, Department de information et de Communication, Universite de Laval
- Budd Hall, Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, University of Victoria and Board Member of Community Based Research Canada
- Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chair UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA, India
To learn more about this event, please read about it on Dr. Rajesh Tandon’s blog here.