The Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab welcomed Dr. Yves Frenette (Université de Saint-Boniface) and Dr. Marc Saint-Hilaire (Université Laval) from the Three Centuries of Francophone Migration in North America (1640-1940) partnership project. Drs. Frenette and Saint-Hilaire joined MTU HESAL's Dr. Don Lafreniere and Dr. Sarah Scarlett to discuss how to construct continent-wide partnerships with academic and community partners.
Major research initiatives and funding agencies are increasingly demanding the formation of large collaborative teams and partnerships. Formal partnerships between academic researchers and community partners can advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance. By fostering mutual cooperation and sharing of intellectual leadership, partnerships can innovate, build institutional capacity and mobilize research knowledge in accessible ways.
The Trois siècles de migration francophones en Amérique du Nord (Three Centuries of Francophone Migration in North America) project. This 7 year partnership project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada aims to highlight the central place of Francophone migrations in the genesis and evolution of North American populations over a period of three centuries. The team of community and university partners, researchers and collaborators are studying the collective and individual experience of Francophones, across spatial scales, as they settled the continent with approaches from the geospatial sciences, history, anthropology, geography, heritage, linguistics, folklore, and more. The project includes over 50 academic partners and over a dozen heritage and community partners, including several here in the Keweenaw.