Research Projects

Most of these projects involve training of graduate student researchers at UBCO, as well as community researchers located in the communities affected by the research projects. Researchers at the ICER are committed to participatory and inclusive forms of research.

ICER researchers are or have been involved in the research projects listed below. Please click on the links below for more information and to view associated videos and or reports.

2021-2022 Matchmaking Project: Bridging Community Research Interests

The Matchmaking Project was created to strengthen community-university research relationships in response to the pandemic. Each participant in the project recorded a video interview where they shared areas for potential research collaboration. Participants in this project include Okanagan non-profits, as well as University of British Columbia Okanagan students, faculty, and campus services. Through the videos below, our goal is to connect campus and community partners, and to encourage entry points to conversations and possible collaborations.

We would like to thank Kelly Panchyshyn and Adam Kunis for their dedication and work as the coordinators and videographers on this project. And we would also like to acknowledge the generous support from UBC Studios Okanagan with both equipment and expertise shared with Kelly and Adam.

Questions? Please contact

Institute for Community Engaged Research

Joanne Carey, ICER Research Coordinator

Dr. Jon Corbett, ICER Director (Geography)

UBC Okanagan Students

Alanna Coady, ICER Ph.D Student (Current)

Adam Kunis, ICER MA Student (’20-’22), ICER Matchmaking RA

Kelly Panchyshyn, ICER MA Student (’19-’21), ICER Matchmaking RA


Bethany Presley, ICER MA Student (’20-’22)

ICER Community Partners

Fahmy Baharduddin, Living Positive Resource Centre

Liz Blakeway, Land to Table Netowrk

Scott Boswell, Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program (OCCP)


Mike Greer, Elevation Outdoors

Elise Hjalmarson, Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA)

Casey Hamilton, Okanagan Fruit Tree Project Society


Neslon Jatel, Okanagan Basin Waterboard

Rachel Jones, Cool Arts Society

Eva-Lena Lang, Organic BC


Amanda McFarlane, Brain Trust Canada Association

Katelin Mitchell, Kelowna Community Resources (KCR)

Stacey Squires, Living Positive Resource Centre


David Wiggs, Living Positive Resource Centre


ICER Researchers and Colleagues

Robyn Bunn, Community Service Learning, UBC Okanagan

Dr. John Graham, School of Social Work

Dr. Rachelle Hole, School of Social Work


Donna Langille, UBC Innovation Library

Dr. Virginie Magnat, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden, Okanagan School of Education (On Leave)


Kerry Rempel, School of Business, Okanagan College, Ph.D Candidate (Current)

Dr. Leyton Schnellert, Faculty of Education

Dr. Braden Te Hiwi, Indigenous Studies


Dr. Paul van Donklaar, School of Health and Exercise Sciences

2016-2019 Honoring Cultural Diversity through Collective Vocal Practice

This film is an outcome of Dr. Virginie Magnat’s SSHRC funded project, “Honoring Cultural Diversity through Collective Vocal Practice.” This project was developed in close consultation with Indigenous Advisory Committee members Syilx Elder Delphine Armstrong, Cree Elder Dr. Winston D. Wuttunee, and nêhiyo itâpsinowin Knowledge Keeper Joseph Naytowhow, the late Dr. Carolyn Kenny, Dr. Vicki Kelly, Dr. Manulani Aluli-Meyer and Dr. Jill Carter. This film is 15-minutes long, and was edited by Syilx graduate student Mariel Belanger. It is a companion piece to the chapter “Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement” co-authored by the Advisory Committee members; UBC Okanagan Syilx graduate research assistants Cori Derickson and Mariel Belanger; UBC Vancouver graduate research assistants Julia Ulehla and Claire Fogal; and Dr. Virginie Magnat, for the book Research and Reconciliation: Unsettling Ways of Knowing through Indigenous Relationships co-edited by Shawn Wilson, Andrea Breen and Lindsay DuPré (Canadian Scholars 2019).

Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement


Further context for the documentary film “Experiencing Resonance as a Practice of Ritual Engagement” is provided through a series of selected clips featuring research collaborators and participants:

Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell (welcoming words)

Dr. Evan Adams (Tla’amin First Nation), Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority

Dr. Francis Lee Brown (Cherokee)


Gary Oker (Doig River First Nation)

Dr. Virginie Magnat, UBC Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

2018 City of Kelowna Reconciliation

This project was initiated in 2017 when the City of Kelowna initiated a conversation with Dr. Jeannette Armstrong,the En’owkin Centre, and Institute for Community Engaged Research about looking at ways to respond to the Calls for Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

2017 Indigenous Languages Fluency Symposium

This symposium was held on February 17-19, 2017 in Kelowna and Penticton. The symposium brought together communities, institutions, and traditional knowledge holders and scholars to address the current situation by sharing innovations in programming and approaches currently underway.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, The University of British Columbia, Community, Culture and Global Studies
Moving Forward on Language Fluency: Reconciliation and Implementing Indigenous Rights to Language.

Keynote speaker: Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa – Brian Maracle
The Root-Word Method: How the Mohawks are creating fluent adult speakers

Keynote speaker: Daryl Baldwin – Miami University, Myaamia Center
toopeeliyankwi, kati myaamiaataweeyankwi: WE SUCCEED AT SPEAKING THE MYAAMIA LANGUAGE


Speakers: Deanna Nyce & Irene Squires
Community Empowerment through Partnership in Language and Culture Programming

Speaker: Jesse Fairley
Language Fluency and BC’s Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan

Speakers: Rosalind Williams, Christine Schreyer, Aaron Leon and David Lacho
Innovation, New Media, and Cross-generational Approaches to Community Fluency


Keynote Speakers: Pila Wilson
Developing and Advancing Pathways to Indigenous Language Fluency in Post-Secondary Education


2016 A Living Wage for Revelstoke, BC: An Economic Impact Assessment Report

Kenneth Carlaw, Mike Evans, Lindsay Harris, and John Janmaat
Institute for Community Engaged Research, UBC Okanagan, November 2016.

The Revelstoke Community Social Development Committee requested members of the Institute for Community Engaged Research, and the Interior Health Community Health Facilitator collaborate with them to answer the question: What are the potential impacts of introducing a living wage in Revelstoke? We are pleased to share the findings of this research project in the report Analysis of a Living Wage for Revelstoke Nov 12 2016 .

We are also sharing a tool with the primary data used to generate the estimated impacts of increasing the wage earned by people in the lowest wage category. The sheets in this worksheet have all been locked, except for those that need to be used to adapt the model to a different community.

Cultural Safety Symposium May 2015


Keynote speaker: Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, UBC Okanagan
NB Dr. Armstrong’s presentation begins at the 11:14 mark.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Mike Evans and Dr. Rachelle Hole, UBC Okanagan
Why bother with Cultural Safety?: Lessons from the “Barriers Project” and beyond:

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Ward
Okanagan Approaches to Cultural Safety: Promoting Well-Being for All


Keynote Speakers: Dr. Donna Kurtz, UBC Okanagan School of Nursing; Eric Mitchell, Chris Marchand, Okanagan Indian Band Knowledge Keepers; Jessie Nyberg, Shuswap Elder and HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee Elder
UBC CS Modules

Keynote speaker: Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer
One Perspective on Two-eyed Seeing:

Immigration Symposium 2015


Dr. Jeannette Armstrong’s Keynote talk:
Immigration in the Okanagan: A Syilx Perspective:

Performance by Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto:
Land Moving.

Keynote speaker Sandra Hakanson
New Rules, New Challenges: Legal Frameworks for Working with Immigrants and Citizenship and Immigration Canada