TAI projects

The targeted areas of inquiry projects

The idea behind the Foundation’s targeted areas of inquiry came about in late 2014, when the Foundation asked itself how it might better harness its efforts to multiply its impact. After consulting its community, the Foundation decided to support events and project in three targeted areas of inquiry: diversity, pluralism, and the future of citizenship; Indigenous relations in Canada; and water, energy, and food security.

Phase 1 | The targeted areas of inquiry projects (2015-2016)

  1. Does diversity promote economic gain?

    Between March and December 2016, 2015 fellow Bessma Momani and 2015 mentor Jillian Stirk have conducted a series of roundtables with stakeholders across the country as part of the Pluralism Project, a coast-to-coast investigation of the economic benefits of diversity in Canada. On 24 and 25 April 2017, they will present their findings during an event at the Global Center for Pluralism, Ottawa.

  2. Shaping Canadian drug policy

    On 4 and 5 April 2017 in Ottawa, scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb are organizing the Canada Drug Futures Forum, a mechanism to bring researchers, policymakers, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, drug users and community organizers together to discuss the future of Canada’s domestic and international drug policies.
  3. Strengthening Northern food security

    2015 scholar Anelyse Weiler, and 2013 scholar Sophia Murphy’s project is supporting organizations from Northern Canada working on food security by fostering North-South exchanges. Only when Northerners take part in solution-finding and advocacy alongside their Southern counterparts can true food security and sovereignty come about.

Phase 2 | The targeted areas of inquiry projects (2016-2017)

  1. Canadian inclusion — the case of Muslim youth

    2015 fellow Bessma Momani worked with 2014 scholar Tammara Soma on a project exploring Muslim youth’s experiences of integration in Canada. Last December in Toronto, they sparked conversations among one hundred Muslim youth to gauge their opinion on what it means to be Canadian.

  2. Revitalizing Anishinaabe law

This winter, 2014 scholar Aaron Mills worked with the Anishinaabe community of Couchiching First Nation to revitalize constitutional and legal systems that have been suppressed through colonialism. Aaron’s community-based and community-led project consisted of a series of bi-weekly sharing circles where elders and other community members exchanged knowledge about Anishinaabe thought, governance, law, history, relationships, and ways of being and knowing. It provided a space for intergenerational discussion, learning, and deep reflection. Read the summary of the report. Read the full report.

3. Making sense of food waste

Tammara Soma, a 2014 scholar, plans to launch a food systems lab that will bring together stakeholders and experts together to create a better understanding of food waste and how to prevent it. Tammara hopes to foster national policies to support a sustainable food system that conserves water and energy, enhances ecosystems, and mitigates climate change. The first two Food Systems Lab took place in November 2016 and March 2017. The third Food Systems Lab is expected in June 2017.