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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Researching with Communities — Kim Matheson: Conducting community-led participatory research

Nov 26 / 15
On November 26th, 2015 CIFAR held a symposium to explore how we can better use research to improve the lives of individuals in our communities.

With the United Way Toronto & York Region, CIFAR’s newest Change Makers dialogue brought together service providers and researchers to share knowledge and experience of the research process in order to identify ways of improving the policies and programs that serve our communities.

Kim Matheson: “Leaving your preconceptions at the door: Conducting community-led participatory research with First Nations communities.” Kim is a member of the CIFAR Advisory Board for the Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being program. Her work concerns the impacts of prejudice and discrimination on the physical and mental health of members of marginalized social groups. She is a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and cross-appointed to the Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience at Carleton University. She is Director of the Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovations, and Mobilization Centre, a Carleton University Research Centre.