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Practising Community-Based Participatory Research

Stories of Engagement, Empowerment, and Mobilization

There is increasing pressure on university scholars to reach beyond the “ivory tower” and engage in collaborative research with communities. But what exactly is community-based participatory research (CBPR) and what does engagement look like? This book presents stories about CBPR from Manitoba Research Alliance projects in marginalized communities. Bringing together experienced researchers with new scholars and community practitioners, the stories describe the impetus for the projects, how they came to be implemented, and how CBPR is still being used within the community. By providing space for researchers and their collaborators to share the stories behind their research, this book offers rich insights into the power and practice of CBPR.

288 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction: “Research That Belongs to Us” / Shauna MacKinnon

Part 1: We’re in It for the Long Haul

1 It’s All about Relationships: The State of the Inner City Report Project / Shauna MacKinnon

2 Community Collaborative Research Partnerships: Together We Have CLOUT / Shauna MacKinnon with Josie Hill and Diane Roussin

3 Participatory Evaluation Research: The CEDA Pathways Story / Shauna MacKinnon, Darlene Klyne, and Janet Nowatzki

4 Community-Based Participatory Research in a Low-Income Public-Housing Project / Jim Silver, Janice Goodman, Cheyenne Henry, and Carolyn Young

5 The Right to Housing Story: Research and Advocacy to Increase Housing Options for Low-Income Manitobans / Clark Brownlee and Shauna MacKinnon

Part 2: Walking Beside

6 Doing Research in Hollow Water First Nation: Methodological Memories / Rosa Evelia Sanchez Garcia

7 Engaging Dibaajimowinan: “Stories” in Community-Based Research at Asatiwisipe Aki, Manitoba / Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville

8 Systemic Violence in Winnipeg’s Street Sex Trade: Methodological and Ethical Issues / Maya Seshia

9 Not Alone: Research as a Relational Process / Sarah Cooper with Maureen Barchyn

Part 3: Detours

10 Together We Have CLOUT: The Story of Making a Film Together / Carole O’Brien

11 Preserving the History of Aboriginal Institutional Development in Winnipeg: Research Driven by the Community / John Loxley and Evelyn Peters

12 Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Challenging Racial, Spatial, and Generational Divides in the City / Shauna MacKinnon, Claire Friesen, and Carole O’Brien

13 Reclaiming the Talk: Popular Theatre and Historical Testimonies as First Nation Women’s Empowerment in Hollow

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