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  • Money and Methodology « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    Statistics at Statistics Canada to design a research proposal that would be presented at the Advisory Circle s first full meeting at the Forks in Winnipeg in September 2007 The proposal was to address three groups 1 First Nations Métis and Inuit people living in ten Canadian cities 2 National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation NAAF Scholarship recipients and 3 the Canadian public The Institute was also busy seeking funding from government foundations and corporations All funders contributed with the understanding that supporting the UAPS financially did not entitle them to influence the research The Environics Institute was accountable first and foremost to the Advisory Circle and to the individuals who participated in the study At this time Gosnell Myers and her team were beginning to reach out to prospective partners in the various cities In some cities it would have been impossible to reach the necessary number of respondents without the support and collaboration of a range of local Aboriginal organizations including Friendship Centres Although many organizations were receptive to participating some were wary fearing that a non Aboriginal research organization would not approach their communities in a respectful way There is a long history of outsiders coming in and examining

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/about-uaps/the-uaps-story/money-and-methodology/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Money and Methodology (cont.) « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    contextualized appropriately Sometimes non Aboriginal people hear what Aboriginal people are saying but they don t really get it In the end I do think the UAPS has captured real voices Communicating what we heard is the next challenge Others involved with the study had more to add In terms of methodology this was among the most ambitious studies I have worked on says Keith Neuman The first big issue was finding a sample that genuinely reflected the Aboriginal population in each city since no sampling frame exists for the urban Aboriginal population The UAPS team worked to capture voices from across the socio economic spectrum people with different levels of education and people belonging to different identity groups Métis and Inuit as well as a diversity of First Nations There are two dangers says John Richards of Simon Fraser University s Public Policy Program On one hand you can have a sample of people who are thriving and you miss the people who are struggling The opposite danger is that you miss the people who are doing well and that s easy to do because they are unlikely to be connected to social service agencies targeting Aboriginal people In

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/about-uaps/the-uaps-story/money-and-methodology-2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Money and Methodology (cont.) « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    kids were represented that I almost forgot I m part of this picture too Overall the sample came close to representing the urban Aboriginal population as the census reflects it Interviewers strove to include marginalized members of Aboriginal communities conducting interviews with homeless respondents in parks and going door to door in neighbourhoods where phones were rare Ultimately it was identity group representation more than socio economic representation that proved the greatest challenge the study set the goal of speaking to equal numbers of Métis and First Nations participants in Western cities and in some cities reaching the Métis sampling targets was a slow process I was happy with the effort to get equal representation of First Nations and Métis populations in Western cities says Evelyn Peters Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan The UAPS reached its Métis representation goals overall but fell short of its targets in Halifax Montreal and Saskatoon This study isn t perfect says Al Benoit of the Manitoba Métis Federation But I think there was a heartfelt commitment to understanding the issues that First Nations Métis and Inuit peoples are experiencing in the urban

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/about-uaps/the-uaps-story/money-and-methodology-3/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Findings Emerge « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    sees the NAAF study as a pilot that will lead to further research in the future Finally 2000 non Aboriginal Canadians were surveyed by phone on their attitudes toward Aboriginal people and issues Sonya Kunkel Vice President Public Affairs at Environics Research and the author of the study report says that although the challenges of gathering the data were considerable making sense of the data was also a huge task We used a lot of open ended questions which enable people to express themselves with more richness The job is to approach these thousands and thousands of answers and synthesize them in a way that respects the complexity of the issues and in a way that honours all the people we spoke to A vital part of approaching the data respectfully Kunkel says was to have a fully Aboriginal owned and operated research organization Acosys Consulting oversee the coding of participants answers After Kunkel had prepared a preliminary draft report the Advisory Circle convened once again at the Forks in Winnipeg to discuss the results and to crystallize the central themes that run through the data The findings of the study are reported in a number of documents on this

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/about-uaps/the-uaps-story/the-findings-emerge/ (2016-02-13)
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  • What the Data Make Possible « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    organizations about urban realities in different parts of the country policy discussions at all levels of government public dialogue and of course further research Currently the Environics Institute is preparing to begin an enagement process in the eleven cities that shared their insights and told their stories A huge community of people have been touched by this process says Michael Adams Our advisors and funders our dozens of Aboriginal research partners and of course the 2 700 First Nations Métis and Inuit people who exercised the generosity to talk to us Our responsibility now is to make sure that this information goes back to those communities and is shared with the greatest respect for those who offered it In addition to advancing policy discussions and informing the Canadian conversation about social changes among First Nations Métis and Inuit peoples some have suggested the UAPS may plant the seeds for increased solidarity and pride among urban Aboriginal peoples Ginger Gosnell Myers says When urban Aboriginal peoples are researched it s often about problems like homelessness and sexual exploitation There are hundreds of thousands of us living in cities and there are a lot of positive things happening in our communities it

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/about-uaps/the-uaps-story/what-the-data-make-possible/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Urban aboriginal population continues to rise, report finds « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    Aboriginal population has grown by more than 20 per cent within the past five years and continues to grow a recent survey of urban Aboriginal peoples concludes Environics Institute s Ginger Gosnell Myers who s spent the last four years on the 10 city 150 question survey said the growth is happening across the country Cities need to start looking at that growth to include Aboriginal peoples into the diversity

    Original URL path: http://canoha.freeculture.ca/2011/06/02/urban-aboriginal-population-continues-to-rise-report-finds/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Many Regina aboriginals believe alternative justice approaches could curb aboriginal crime rates « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    rates Leader Post March 11 2011 While there is widespread distrust of the Canadian justice system among Regina s aboriginal population faith in the system appears higher in this city than in many others across the country According to the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study UAPS released by the Environics Institute 47 per cent of aboriginal people in Regina had little or no confidence in the criminal justice system Read more

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  • Globe Editorial: Natives still suffer shameful stereotypes « Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study
    original inhabitants continue to suffer the most distorted stereotypes of any non white group Canada s urban natives who now comprise half of all Métis first nations and Inuit feel they are viewed negatively by the larger society even as they display a high level of tolerance for other cultures What is even more striking is that according to a study by Environics Institute many non aboriginals recognize their comic

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