Sheridan College receives funding for two major studies in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville

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Published December 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Sheridan College has received a pair of grants, totalling more than $360,000, for studies focused around Indigenous culture and food security for older adults.

The college, with campuses in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville, will team up with various Indigenous partners as well as charitable organizations on two major goals.

The first is a better understanding of approaches to maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous language, education, and storytelling culture.

“Anishinaabemowin Revitalization through Community-led Research on Use of Digital Media Technologies” is a first for Sheridan in digital media-related research with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Sheridan researchers will engage in community-led research on innovative approaches to use digital media resources within the First Nation’s upcoming Anishinaabemowin community learning program.

Knowledge sharing, training, and support for community content development intended to contribute to language revitalization will be based on Indigenous storytelling and traditions of oral language transmission between generations in cultural and social contexts.

“The takeaways are endless for our Michi Saagiig members learning digital media at Sheridan with many opportunities in our Anishinaabemowin language, storytelling, software, culture, history, arts, etc.,” said said Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson.

“The program course is being planned through the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabemowin lens which is a significant step in the right directions where we can see ourselves in a mainstream educational institution,”

The second study is greater insight into food security and supports for older adults amid continued inflation.

“Moving Beyond Money and Macronutrients: Understanding Food Insecurity and Supports for Canadian Older Adults” spotlights the expertise of Sheridan’s Centre for Elder Research when tackling the reasons and potential solutions for food insecurity among older adults in the Halton Region.

Researchers will explore the factors affecting food insecurity among older adults in the Hamilton, Halton and Peel Regions.

Food insecurity is often evaluated as an economic measure however in older adult populations this characterization may not fully capture the drivers of food insecurity intensifying inadequate or uncertain access to food.

Working together with partners Food for Life, Knights Table, City of Hamilton (Age-Friendly City), Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre, Summerville Family Health Team, and the United Way Halton and Hamilton, Sheridan researchers will gain a better understanding of the factors that shape food choice and access for older adults in Hamilton, Halton, and Peel, and how community food services can continue to support a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing for older adults.

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