Release Date: November 16, 2004
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Anti-oppressive educator receives national research award
University of Regina education professor Carol Schick has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in social justice and aboriginal education to pursue her work in anti-oppressive education. 

The award, announced in Vancouver Nov. 12 by Prime Minister Paul Martin and federal industry minister David Emerson, will provide federal funding worth $100,000 per year for five years - funding which may be eligible for further future matching by the provincial government and other agencies.

Schick says her work aims to achieve more equitable education outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples - a growing concern for educators in Saskatchewan and elsewhere. The funds will help establish a centre to research and develop anti-racist discourse and practice among educators.

Schick - a native of Moose Jaw who studied at the University of Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan, and who taught in classrooms in Manitoba, B.C. and Yukon - will be advised by a working group of aboriginal people and people of colour about how to introduce to the classroom a direct critical analysis of text and language on structural and social inequality. One of the research projects will investigate how the analysis of language can be used in schools with beginning teachers, as they develop anti-oppressive teaching practices. 

"Studying how we use language to describe inequality helps us understand what we think about where the problems of inequality reside," says Schick. "Tracing the language is essential because it helps us understand how we think about aboriginal and non-aboriginal identities. I believe that by analyzing how we describe inequality we can re-define the problems."

The Canada Research Chairs program has created 1,348 research positions at 73 Canadian universities since it was launched by the federal government in 2000. The program helps universities attract and retain the best researchers and achieve research excellence in natural sciences and engineering, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

There are two types of Canada Research Chair. Tier 1 Chairs are tenable for seven years and renewable on an ongoing basis. They are awarded to outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Tier 2 Chairs are tenable for five years and renewable once, and are awarded to exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. 

In addition to Schick, five other University of Regina researchers have been awarded CRCs. They are:
· Shadia Drury, Tier 1 chair in social justice;
· Guo (Gordon) Huang, Tier 1 chair in energy and environment;
· Peter Leavitt, Tier 1 chair in environmental change and society;
· Gregory Marchildon, Tier 1 public policy and business history;
· Randy Lewis, Tier 2 chair in computational physics.