University of Regina

University of Regina

March 11, 2005 09:00 ET

University of Regina Establishes New Research Centre at Institut francais


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FOR: UNIVERSITY OF REGINA

MARCH 11, 2005 - 09:00 ET

University of Regina Establishes New Research Centre
at Institut francais

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - The University of
Regina has created a new research centre within the Institut francais.
The Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu
minoritaire (CRFM) will bring together researchers to undertake a
multidisciplinary, inter-institutional program of research focused on
the experience of francophone communities in minority settings,
especially that of the Fransaskois community.

"The University of Regina is a vibrant research institution," said Allan
Cahoon, vice-president (research and international) at the University of
Regina. "The creation of the new centre will further strengthen our
research capabilities and their application to the French-speaking
community."

Peter Dorrington, director of the new research centre, said that its
program will consist mostly, though not exclusively, of applied and
action research.

"The CRFM has close ties with the Fransaskois community and will be able
to offer researchers direct contact and collaboration with a francophone
community that is actively facing the challenges and opportunities of
life in a minority environment," Dorrington said.

The centre is also uniquely well-placed to foster research comparing the
francophone experience to that of other peoples in minority settings, he
said, particularly the Metis and First Nations. With the presence of the
Institut francais, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and the First Nations
University of Canada on its campus, the University of Regina is the only
Canadian university located in a predominantly English-Canadian region
that brings together in a minority environment the post-secondary
institutions of the other founding peoples of Canada.

Dorrington said that the CRFM is eager to collaborate with community
researchers as well as with other centres and institutes at the
University of Regina, across Canada and abroad.

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