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August 23, 2010 16:37 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Research in Saguenay

Minister Blackburn highlights research investment and celebrates lab and facility groundbreaking

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) - First Nations in Quebec will benefit from new research that will examine how cultural entrepreneurship is contributing to sustainable economic development in Aboriginal communities. The announcement was made at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi by the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). The Minister also celebrated the groundbreaking of one of three projects funded under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).

"Our government is investing in science and research to improve Canadians' quality of life, strengthen the economy and create jobs," said Minister Blackburn. "This research project will look at how promoting First Nations culture and sharing their knowledge is encouraging sustainable economic development in Aboriginal communities."

The research project — entitled "Design et culture matérielle : la création et la concertation comme leviers de développement des individus et des communautés autochtones" (Design and material culture: creation and discussion in the developmental of Aboriginal individuals and communities) — is receiving an investment of approximately $1 million over five years through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's (SSHRC) Community–University Research Alliances grants. The funding will bring communities and researchers together in partnerships to build knowledge in areas affecting Canadians.

Élisabeth Kaine, from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and her research team, will study knowledge transfer in First Nations culture and look at innovative communications methods used by native communities and the impact they have on community development.

"This grant highlights the excellence of our country's talented researchers and recognizes the importance of fostering collaboration to keep Canada at the leading edge of research, development and innovation in the 21st century," said Chad Gaffield, President of the SSHRC.

The Community–University Research Alliances grants support joint research projects between researchers based at post-secondary institutions and community-based organizations. The projects focus on a wide range of issues of importance to Canadians, such as community food security, employment innovations and the impact of co-operatives.

The full list of Community–University Research Alliances grants is available on the SSHRC website (

On September 21, 2009, the Government of Canada announced a total of $7.7 million in funding for three KIP projects at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Two received funding for upgrades to existing buildings, and the third for the renovation and expansion of high-technology laboratories for applied sciences.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada introduced the KIP, a two-year $2-billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancements at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The program is providing key economic stimulus, creating jobs and generating the advanced technological infrastructure needed to keep Canada's research and educational facilities at the forefront of scientific advancement.

Please visit the KIP website for more information, including program criteria and a list of the approved projects to date.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
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    Industry Canada
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