Congratulations to Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross!


Historian Jordan Stanger-Ross is one of five academics from across Canada who will be honoured in the House of Commons today after receiving a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Impact award, which is one of the highest national awards for Canadian humanities researchers.

The $50,000 award recognizes the outstanding quality of Stanger-Ross’ scholarship and the far-reaching impact of his highly collaborative public history project, Landscapes of Injustice (LOI), which ran between 2014 and 2021.

“At a time when racism and injustices are occurring not only in Canada, but around the world, LOI serves as a beacon of hope that we can learn from past legacies and chart a course forward for a better future,” says Anne Chafe, Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space, The Rooms. “LOI can be an agent of change for others to follow and emulate on a local, provincial, national and international level.”

Based at UVic’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, the LOI initiative connected Japanese Canadian community groups and families with teachers, students, librarians, archivists, curators and researchers representing 17 institutions across Canada. Together, the group co-created a deeply impactful array of resources for teaching and learning about the mid-20th century displacement and dispossession of 22,000 Japanese Canadians.

Stanger-Ross is the first faculty member at UVic to receive an Impact award. He will do so on behalf of the project’s multi-sector leadership team, which included Nikkei National Museum director Sherri Kajiwara, Governor General Award-winning teacher Greg Miyanaga, Queen’s University geographer Audrey Kobayashi, UVic history alumna Kaitlin Findlay, and museum curator Yasmin Railton.