The Marsha Hanen Global Ethics and Dialogue Program

Marsha HanenThe Marsha Hanen Global Ethics and Dialogue Program was established in 2007 through a generous donation Dr. Marsha Hanen, former President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg. During her time as President Dr. Marsha Hanen was instrumental in UWinnipeg’s growth and development strategy including the establishment of a full Bachelor of Education program, the opening of the Bulman Student Centre and leading the initial phase of what is now the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.

Dr. Hanen’s contributions to UWinnipeg continue through The Marsha Hanen Global Ethics and Dialogue Fund which supports faculty members in their research and dialogue on pressing issues including: ethics, human rights, freedom of expression and impacts of science and technology.

From the applications received in 2014, the Selection Committee has awarded the following grants:

Caring for Difficult Knowledge: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Focus – $6,000

Principal Applicant: Angela Failler, Women and Gender Studies

The grant provides support for a Research Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator for a workshop designed to contribute new concepts and terms of ethical engagement for learning from histories of violence and conflict, with particular attention to the possibilities and limits of a human rights framework. The project is a collaboration between UWinnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group, and colleagues at Concordia University.

An Ethical Affirmation of Indigenous Values in a Globalized World – $6,000

Principal Applicant: Gabriel Nemoga, Indigenous Studies

The grant provides partial support for a project that will examine and compare Indigenous educational experience in Colombia and Canada. The project includes exchanges and joint research between UWinnipeg and two organizations in Colombia: the Autonomous Indigenous Intercultural University (known by the Spanish acronym UAIIN) and the Cauca Indigenous Regional Council (known by the Spanish acronym CRIC).

Impact of International Intergenerational Gender Alliances Countering Violence Against Women and Girls in South Sudan and the DRC – $6,000.

Principal Applicant: Marilou McPhedran, Global College

This project aims to strengthen leadership capacity and gender alliances within the Winnipeg diaspora communities of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to raise awareness and implement harm prevention and reduction strategies for gender-based violence in those countries. The work includes participatory action research and capacity-building workshops, in support of the Girl Ambassadors for Peace project of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

Returning Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow to O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation – $4,000

Principal Applicant: Doris Wolf, English

Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow is a picture book published last year for young people about Kayasochi Kikawenow, a young Cree woman who lived in northern Manitoba in the late 17th Century. The book tells the story of a week in the life of thirteen year-old Pīsim, the fictional name storyteller William Dumas chose for Kayasochi. The book, which incorporates archeology, maps, Cree wisdom and songs, has already won awards and high praise for its educational as well as storytelling excellence. The grant provides support for events in Thompson for O-Pipon-Na-Pwin Cree Nation (South Indian Lake), the community with which Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow and Kayasochi Kikawenow are rooted. This fulfills the researchers’ objective to return the story to the community in which Kayasochi Kikawenow lived, honouring the elders who provided information for the book, and educating young people about their cultural heritage.

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