Students from the McEwen School of Architecture participate in the project in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam thanks to the Partnership Engage Grant.
Dr. Émilie Pinard, Assistant Professor at the McEwen School of Architecture, was recently awarded the first ever Partnership Engage grant at Laurentian University! The objective of this grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is to provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will help inform decision-making in a non-academic organization.
Title of Project: Learning from the Land: mobilisation and design in collaboration with a transmission centre of Innu culture
Funding Amount: $24,493
Partner: Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Band Council (Sept-Îles, Quebec)
Émilie and her research collaborators will support the partner organization, the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (ITUM) Band Council, in the development of a construction project – a transmission centre of Innu culture for young people that will foster a direct experience, and the relationship, with the land (the Nitassinan). The project aims to develop a set of programmatic tools, visions and architectural drawings which will allow the ITUM to make informed decisions related to the design and execution of the centre.
To this end, the project will implement different knowledge sharing and collaborative design activities, including meetings with elders and the community, training workshops, visit of the existing camps, drawing and validation sessions with the partners, etc. The project is part of a partnership framework committed to the co-production of knowledge, focused on the expression and recognition of Indigenous ways of knowing, as well as mutual learning between participants and the co-creation of knowledge through design.
By producing visual and web content rooted in a better understanding of the needs, knowledge and aspirations of the participating communities and professionals, the project will provide a basis for the discussions between the ITUM representatives and their external expert consultants before starting the expensive production of construction drawings. In supporting the conversation and reflection, the project will provide a forum in which community members can express themselves and take ownership of their living environments and the transmission of their culture.
Photos of McEwen School of Architecture participating in the project in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam