Indigenous research

UVic experts are working with Indigenous communities and organizations in Canada and around the world to understand, preserve and celebrate the traditions and well-being of their cultures.

UVic has researchers and scholars with indigenous focus in many faculties across campus. Their areas of strength include:

  • Indigenous and cultural studies
  • Indigenous governance
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Indigenous health
  • hunting philosophies
  • Indigenous rights
  • Indigenous law
  • knowledge translation
  • Indigenous entrepreneurship education
  • First Nations business models
  • Indigenous language revitalization
  • Indigenous Peoples’ foot systems
  • residential schools

Learn about all of our researchers' areas of strength.

The University of Victoria, through the Office of the Vice-President Research, works in close collaboration with these interdisciplinary research centres. They assist the university research community in obtaining funding from external agencies and administer research, conference and travel funds through internal support programs.

Grants facilitation assistance in applications for research grants and contracts includes identifying potential funding agencies, providing information on application procedures and advising on the preparation of proposals.

Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)

Director: Dr. Charlotte Loppie

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) is a University of Victoria research centre created in May 2008. It is dedicated to promoting and engaging in health research in partnership with Aboriginal peoples to improve their health. The Centre for Aboriginal Health research acknowledges with respect the Coast Salish and Straits Salish peoples on whose traditional territories the Centre is graciously hosted.

The Centre provides a supportive environment for students, researchers and communities to engage respectfully in research activities that aim to address the urgent health disparities experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Through engaging with stakeholders in Aboriginal health in British Columbia, across Canada, and internationally, the Centre seeks to assume an active advocacy role in promoting relevant and ethical health research that seeks to improve Aboriginal peoples’ health.

The Centre currently hosts a number of projects in Aboriginal health including the Network Environments for Aboriginal Health British Columbia (NEARBC).

Centre for Youth and Society

Director: Dr. E. Anne Marshall, RPsych, PhD (Toronto)

The Centre for Youth and Society, formally established at the University of Victoria in 2002, designs and conducts research anchored by collaborative partnerships with local, national, and international youth serving and youth led organizations.

Research fellows of the centre are scholars from diverse faculties united by their interest in catalyzing the well being of youth, public interest and research impact. Our efforts are concentrated in interdisciplinary research, graduate student training and knowledge mobilization on the relationship between youth and society.

The mission of the Centre for Youth and Society is to promote the health and well-being of youth from diverse social, economic and ethnic backgrounds in evolving societal circumstances. The centre brokers university-community partnerships to generate and mobilize knowledge regarding youth strengths, challenges, and opportunities.

Current research clusters include: youth mental health, literacy, youth and new technologies, Indigenous youth, youth and the economy, youth health and recreation, community-youth engagement, youth with special needs, and knowledge mobilization tools for youth and other audiences.

Our efforts:

  • Address the concerns, assets and priorities of youth, in dialogue with society as a whole, so that programs, research and training initiatives are responsive, innovative and well-designed.
  • Advance inter-disciplinary community based research and training on a wide array of current issues and events affecting youth.
  • Provide strong evidence based recommendations and advocate with youth to influence policy-makers.
  • Facilitate research impact by taking scholarly research to places where it can foster new public programs and social innovation.
  • Shape educational frameworks in ways that harness the tremendous strengths and capacities of youth.