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July 16, 2010 10:50 ET

Government of Canada Announces New Research Project to Revitalize Cayuga Language at Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, Ontario

SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER RESERVE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2010) - New research led by Memorial University will examine ways of maintaining and revitalizing the Cayuga language spoken at the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario. The project will help foster innovative research, training and new knowledge of the Cayuga language. The announcement was made by Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

"This project will create new insights into the Cayuga language, protect thousands of years of local history and knowledge and help promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Six Nations community," said Mr. McColeman. "Our government is committed to supporting science and technology to improve the quality of life of Canadians and to strengthen our economy."

The Cayuga language maintenance project is one of 20 large-scale research projects that is receiving an investment of approximately $1 million over five years through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's (SSHRC's) Community–University Research Alliances (CURA) grants. The funding will bring communities and universities together in partnerships to build knowledge in areas affecting Canadians.

The new research project, led by Dr. Carrie Dyck, will be carried out in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre, an educational and linguistic centre and museum located on Six Nations territory.

"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 Dr. Chad Gaffield, SSHRC President.

CURA 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.

Each project enhances students' education and employability by providing them with opportunities to build their knowledge, expertise and work skills through hands-on research and related experience.

For the full list of CURA grants, visit the SSHRC website (

Contact Information

  • Gary Toft
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Trevor Lynn
    Manager, Communications
    613-302-9879 (cell)