In 2009, the then-minority Harper government smuggled a seemingly innocuous phrase into the federal budget: "Scholarships granted by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) will be focused on business-related degrees." Yet this humble sentence garnered a 20,000 signature-strong petition presented to Stephen Harper by MP and future NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton. For graduate students who signed the petition, the one-time funding increase doubled as a barely audible declaration of intent which sought to nudge Canadian arts research towards the interests of capital.
Modern social science's essence lies in its purpose, articulated in the 19th century, to expound a meticulous, secular knowledge of reality that is somehow corroborated by empirical research. The challenge for researchers of course rests in how they define "empirical research." The driving methodological debate in the social sciences -- however abstruse or historically distant -- orients itself according to the divide between the advocates of the interpretive method and the proponents of positivism.
Northern FIRE is the name of the Centre for Women's Health Research at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). The program was established to address the unique health challenges women face in the northern, remote, and rural communities of British Columbia.
The Women North Network is a major project of Northern FIRE.
Prior to March 31, 2001, Northern FIRE was known as the Northern Secretariat of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. The Northern Secretariat was established at UNBC in 1996.