Projects & Publications

OFIFC is currently completing several SSHRC-funded, provincially-funded, and nationally-funded research projects. The OFIFC has numerous partnerships with academic institutions, and continues to work with notable Indigenous researchers and scholars within these institutions.


Gwayakwaajimowin (Telling Truths) 

Date: 2016 (Complete) 

Overview: Gwayakwaajimowin was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) with the overall goal to increase instances of positive, culturally-responsive outcomes in police investigations of sexual assaults. Gwayakwaajimowin is an Ojibwe word that means telling things correctly according to one’s own truth. Truth, in this regard, is an ethical space created through an understanding of Indigenous teachings.

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Wiisinadaa: Let’s Eat

Date: 2015 (Complete) 

Overview: This project was funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) from January to March 2015. This study considered the complex social, political, and economic factors that contribute to the prevalence of this disease by approaching diabetes through culturally-appropriate teachings and practices related to traditional foods.

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Ganohonyohk (Giving Thanks) 

Date: 2015-Present 

Overview: With funding from the Treasury Board Secretariat Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ganohonyohk engages Friendship Centres communities in conversations around what prosperity means and how to understand, evaluate, and examine Indigenous wealth from an Indigenous perspective. Ganohonyohk inspires culturally-appropriate methods necessary for urban Indigenous prosperity growth and considers the role and impact of Friendship Centres on community prosperity. Over a three year period, the OFIFC will create the first ever Urban Indigenous Prosperity Metrics as a way to measure community wealth and develop informed strategies that enhance local prosperity. 

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  • Coming soon. 

Trauma-Informed Schools

Date: 2014-Present (Ongoing) 

Overview: In 2014, the OFIFC undertook the Trauma-Informed Schools research project, which was funded by both the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant and the Safe and Accepting Schools Fund (SASF). The Trauma-Informed Schools research project examined the role of trauma in school environments in Friendship Centre communities, and methods to develop trauma-informed approaches to support Indigenous student success and enrich students’ experiences within schools.

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Indigenous Knowledge Transfer in Urban Aboriginal Communities (IKTUAC)

Date: 2014-Present (Ongoing) 

Overview: In October 2013, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and Wilfrid Laurier University, together with a group of Indigenous scholars, applied to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’ (SSHRC) Insight Grant for funding with the proposal Indigenous knowledge transfer in urban Indigenous communities. The application was successful and in April 2014 the project was awarded 3 years of funding.

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