The main purpose of the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) is to improve the knowledge base concerning Atlantic Aboriginal economic development in order to improve the lives of the Aboriginal people in the region.
The AAEDIRP is a unique research program formed in 2007 through partnerships between the 38 member communities of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, as well as the Inuit of Labrador, 12 Atlantic universities and 4 government funders, both federal and provincial.
1. CONDUCT RESEARCH ON ABORIGINAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Research is conducted that is relevant to Atlantic Aboriginal Communities and organizations using community-based, participatory research methods and linking their needs with Atlantic university resources.
2. BUILD RESEARCH CAPACITY
Research capacity in Aboriginal economic development is built by hiring of Aboriginal staff; prioritizing the involvement of Aboriginal academics, students and community members in all activities. Building research capacity also includes the knowledge and experience gained by non-Aboriginal researchers in learning to work alongside Aboriginal communities.
3. ASK-ECDEV - DATABASE OF INTERNET RESOURCES
Aboriginal Sharing of Knowledge on Economic Development or "ASK-ECDEV" is a "one stop shop" for internet resources on Aboriginal economic development for Atlantic Canada.
For information on business, entrepreneurship, education, training, natural resources and more, visit:
4. HOLD WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE ON ABORIGINAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
These are aimed at AAEDIRP stakeholders, making available the best practices and information from the region, to support the process of economic development for Atlantic Aboriginal communities.
AAEDIRP UNIVERSITY PARTNERS
Dalhousie University St. Thomas University Acadia University
University of New Brunswick Saint Mary's University St. Francis Xavier University
Memorial University Université de Moncton Mount Allison University
Cape Breton University University of PEI Mount Saint Vincent University
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