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March 27, 2015

Laurier researcher Kim Anderson has almost 20 years of experience doing community-based research with Indigenous peoples in Canada. Her goal for her new Early Researcher Award-funded project is to document the role of gender and age in Indigenous non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“Age and gender are critical factors in understanding leadership in Indigenous settings,” said Anderson. “What might we learn from studying these factors in such settings to shape leadership practices?”

Anderson received $100,000 for her project, titled "Gender and Life Stage Factors in Indigenous NGO Management Models," as part of the prestigious Early Researcher Awards Program from Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation.

The project will provide maps, tools and models for improved processes of policy making, governance and leadership. Working with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, one of the province’s biggest and most influential Indigenous organizations, will allow the project to generate knowledge that is necessary for change toward cutting-edge Indigenous organizations. This innovative research project will build on Anderson’s experience and expertise in the field of Indigenous gender and governance and will benefit from her leadership in community-based research using Indigenous research methodologies.

“The Ministry of Research and Innovation recognizes the importance of Kim Anderson’s work," said Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier's vice-president: academic and provost, and acting vice-president: research. “Understanding Indigenous ways of governing is key to understanding organizational growth in new ways.”

In an era when Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations alike are seeking means of achieving gender equity in governance, this project offers a clear model for conducting gender-based analysis towards policy recommendations in management practices that will serve the increasingly multicultural environment in Ontario.

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