Save the Date for Community-Engaged Scholarship Conference in Saskatoon on “Quality of Life: Towards Sustainable Community Futures”

Posted:February 25, 2014

The Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) at the University of Saskatchewan is hosting a conference entitled Quality of Life: Towards Sustainable Community Futures in Saskatoon, May 15-16. It will showcase local, regional, national, and international research, community, and other initiatives to enhance quality of life and create sustainable futures for all of us. As a national event, the Symposium intends to enhance understanding around important quality of life issues, including measures relevant to different communities and community-engaged research approaches to improving quality of life.

CUISR aims to host the conference both on and off campus in Saskatoon more fully to engage the broad community. CUISR will highlight 5 iterations/13 years of Quality of Life research (Bill Holden and Nazeem Muhajarine, PIs); the SSHRC-funded Metropolis project (quality of life of newcomers: Saskatoon, Hamilton, Charlottetown with Nazeem Muhajarine, Jim Randall, and Allison Williams, PIs); The conference will showcase keynote speakers, Aboriginal research (including the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network) and community initiatives such as the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming, national initiatives such as Canadian Index of Wellbeing, as well as workshops, exhibitions, breakout group discussions, talking circles, and book launches including a book on community based research and Priscilla Setteeā€™s new book Pimatisiwin: The Good Life, Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Community-based and Aboriginal organizations working with youth, food security, justice, and cultural issues will highlight community responses to social issues and quality of life.

Sponsors include the Vice-President Advancement and Community Engagement, the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, the Office of the Vice-President Research, the University Conference Fund, and the City of Saskatoon.

Please stay tuned for more details!

The challenge of tenure and promotion procedures should not be permitted to unduly limit the growth of the movement for community-university engagement in Canada. A dialogue for action on this issue should be launched and sustained until this obstacle is permanently removed.*