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September 29, 2005 11:00 ET

Minister Alcock Announces $1.37 Million for New SSHRC Fellowships and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Manitoba Students

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Honourable Reg Alcock, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Canada Wheat Board, today announced $1.37 million in funding to support 39 fellowships and Canada Graduate scholarships in Manitoba. This funding is provided through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Minister Alcock made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for SSHRC, who today announced a total investment of $96 million in 55 universities across the country to support the appointment of over 2,300 fellowships and scholarships.

"This investment is allowing more than 2,000 Canadian students to carry out research at universities across Canada and around the world," said Minister Emerson. "These students will become our next generation of leaders, applying the knowledge and insight they gain through research to sharpening Canada's competitive edge in all sectors of society."

Sherrie Blakney of the University of Manitoba is among the recipients of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship. The objective and goals of this project are to examine the politics of health and well-being of Inuit within a Kivalliq coastal community and to understand how Inuit construct concepts of health and wellness in relation to the natural environment. As well, the research will examine how Inuit traditional knowledge can be used to increase the health of Inuit in coastal communities and how natural resource policy development can support Inuit health and wellness.

"The funding announced today clearly demonstrates that Manitoba researchers are innovators and a source of expertise in both this province and this country," said Minister Alcock. "Canadians from all walks of life will draw on their knowledge to better understand our most pressing economic, political, social and cultural issues."

SSHRC is an independent federal government agency that funds university-based research and graduate training through national peer-review competitions. SSHRC also partners with public and private sector organizations to focus research and aid the development of better policies and practices in key areas of Canada's social, cultural and economic life.

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