Projects & Initiatives


Workshops and conferences are conducted to bring people together from academic and community settings to share knowledge and build relationships.

Making Connections: Key Economic Drivers in Aboriginal Rural and Remote Communities - Aboriginal Youth, Colleges and Industries

  • In collaboration with the College of the North Atlantic, Happy Valley-Goose Bay campus, a workshop was held in Labrador to follow-up on a workshop held in 2014. The 2014 workshop gathered community input into the commencement of research exploring student recruitment, retention and transition into the workforce. The 2016 workshop, held on March 9-10, was attended by community members including Elders and Chiefs, students, college staff, and industry partners. Preliminary results from AAEDIRP research, Making Connections: Key Economic Drivers in Aboriginal Rural and Remote Communities - Aboriginal Youth, Colleges and Industries, was presented. Panel and round table discussions focused on strategies for overcoming challenges to Aboriginal access to post-secondary education and employment. Input was provided into the research and recommendations were made that provide strategies to assist students to gain access to education and meaningful employment.

APCFNC Circle of Knowledge Keepers

  • Three workshops were held in 2015-2016 to bring together a group of Elders from the Atlantic Region to create a book containing stories told by Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit Elders. This book provides insight into some aspects of Atlantic Aboriginal customs and traditions. The book was widely distributed across the Atlantic region and is also available on the AAEDIRP website.

The Role of Elders in Research and University Education

  • The AAEDIRP sponsored and collaborated on a workshop held in Miawpukek First Nation on March 22nd, 2014. The workshop was developed in partnership with post-secondary researchers and Miawpukek First Nation. It brought together researchers, First Nation community members including Elders, and other stakeholders to learn about community-based research practices. It provided an opportunity for participants to discuss and increase understanding of the roles of Elders; and to learn more about the purpose and processes of research conducted with, and by, First Nations communities.

Building Research Capacity and Partnerships: Connecting First Nations, Universities and Urban Communities

  • The AAEDIRP sponsored and collaborated on a workshop held in Kingsclear First Nation on February 26th, 2014. The workshop was developed in partnership with the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick (UNB), the Mi'kmaq Maliseet Institute (UNB), and the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) Atlantic Research Centre. It was facilitated by David Perley (UNB). The workshop brought together First Nation community members, including Elders, University faculty, student researchers, and urban community groups to learn about community-based practices. It provided an opportunity for community administrators wishing to pursue research to connect with established researchers, and also for students and others to learn more about the intricacies and ethics of conducting research with First Nations people and communities.

Atlantic Aboriginal Fisheries Project - Sharing Knowledge and Building Partnerships

  • The AAEDIRP hosted a workshop in Moncton, NB, on January 30th and 31st, 2014. This workshop brought together delegates involved in research and Atlantic Aboriginal Fisheries to explore the question: How can we begin to build more effective partnerships with post-secondary resources to address the research needs of Aboriginal Fisheries across Atlantic Canada? This question came out of research conducted by the AAEDIRP to explore what post-secondary resources are available to support Atlantic Aboriginal Fisheries and how those resources can be more effectively engaged with. The data gathered at this workshop were analyzed in conjunction with the data from Phase II of an AAEDIRP fisheries research project to develop recommendations on ways to more adequately address the research needs of Atlantic Aboriginal Fisheries.

Community-level Data Gathering Project (CLDGP) - Database Review and Moving Forward

  • The AAEDIRP hosted a workshop for Band Managers and other key stakeholders across the Atlantic Region on January 15th, 2014 to review the CLDGP pilot project, gain input from participants, and promote usage of the database to a larger group of stakeholders. A presentation was done on the database including input from community members using the database. The surveys were reviewed and input was received from the participants on data capture and features they feel important to include. Instruction was also provided on how to input data and produce reports. This workshop provided opportunity to review the database and receive input from community members. This input will inform future development of the database.

Community-level Data Gathering Project (CLDGP) - Pilot

  • The AAEDIRP hosted an instructional workshop for Band Managers on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 to provide training to a group of Band Managers and launch the Community-level Data Gathering Project (CLDGP) database. The workshop introduced a core group of Band Managers to the CLDGP database. The Band Managers who attended the workshop piloted the database and completed data input for their respective communities in February, 2014. The participating communities will receive their final reports on the analyzed data in May, 2014.

Atlantic Aboriginal Women in Business: Sharing Stories, Building Capacities, Enhancing Futures

  • The AAEDIRP hosted a conference at the Glooscap Annex, Millbrook First Nation on October 17th, 2013.  The workshop brought together 57 delegates from across the Atlantic Region. The delegates engaged in sharing stories and participated in business development workshops. Delegates also engaged in discussion with researchers who were conducting research in collaboration with the AAEDIRP exploring entrepreneurship among First Nations women in the Atlantic Region. The conference provided a forum for women in business to network and to engage in workshops designed to assist in growing their businesses. The two workshops provided were: (1) Access to Capital - Ulnooweg Development Group Inc., and (2) Marketing and Social Media -M Carroll Consulting.

Honouring Our Elders: A Traditional Gathering to Share Knowledge

  • The AAEDIRP supported and participated in the APCFNC Honouring Our Elders: A Traditional Gathering to Share Knowledge at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fredericton, New Brunswick on June 20th and 21st, 2013. The AAEDIRP led a series of sharing circles with the Elders to discuss how the Elders see their involvement in AAEDIRP decision making processes, research, and capacity building. The knowledge gained from the circles will provide the AAEDIRP with practical advice and guidance on engaging Elders in its research processes.

Aboriginal Economic Development: What does it Mean to Collaborate and Build Capacity?

  • The AAEDIRP hosted an Atlantic Region research workshop at the Dartmouth Holiday Inn, February 6 - 7, 2013. The Workshop consisted of the sharing of knowledge gained from research that has been conducted, or is being conducted, in Atlantic Aboriginal communities. The workshop also provided the opportunity to explore some of the challenges and benefits encountered in research-related relationship building with academic, government and Aboriginal community partnership involvement. The Workshop was attended by 87 delegates from communities throughout Atlantic Canada. Presenters and Panelists consisted of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers, and Aboriginal community members including Elders.