Fonds - Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study fonds

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Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study fonds

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  • 2006 - 2011 (Creation)
    Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study

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The records are in a variety of mostly digital formats, which include PDF, excel, SPSS data files, and the UAPS website. Video records, and some textual records are also included in the fonds.

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The Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS) was a national research project that sought to increase the understanding of the experiences of Aboriginal peoples living in Canadian cities. While Aboriginal peoples living in urban centers are a growing and important part of Canada’s population, few surveys prior to UAPS specifically explored their experiences, and the UAPS was designed to fill this research gap. The UAPS sought to understand the experiences, identities, values and aspirations of urban Aboriginal peoples; gain insight into the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in order to advance and reframe the relationship; support further research on urban Aboriginal peoples; and use the survey research to promote a positive narrative in the media about Aboriginal peoples in Canada in order to balance the current dominant negative perspective.
In 2006, Michael Adams, the founder and president of the non-profit research group Environics Institute, and David Newhouse, the Chair of Indigenous Studies at Trent University, first envisioned UAPS. Adams began a series of conversations with people, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who were closely involved with Aboriginal issues across Canada, and recognized that the voices of urban Aboriginal peoples were largely unheard in Canada. In September 2007, Environics Institute and the UAPS Advisory Circle—comprised of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal thinkers—held their first meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
From March to October 2009, interviewers, who were predominately Aboriginal, conducted 2,614 face-to-face interviews with Métis, Inuit and First Nations (status and non-status) people. 100 interviews were conducted with National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) Scholarship recipients. Phone interviews were conducted with 2,000 non-Aboriginal peoples in order to gain an understanding of how non-Aboriginal people view Aboriginal people and issues. Eleven Canadian cities were included in the study: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa (Inuit only). The survey participants were found, in part, through the co-operation of Aboriginal organizations and Friendship Centers. In 2010, several reports were published based on the compiled and analyzed data collected through the interviews. These reports, among other things, were designed to advance policy discussions and inform the Canadian dialogue about social changes among Aboriginal peoples.

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In 2012, the Environics Institute donated the fonds to the University of Winnipeg Archives.

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The fonds are arranged into four publicly available series, which include reports, surveys, the UAPS website, and video footage. The first series includes the main report and executive summary, and the city reports and executive summaries (excluding Ottawa). The reports were published as PDFs in 2010, and can be downloaded from the UAPS archived website. The second series contains the questionnaire and banner tables for both the Aboriginal peoples survey, and non-Aboriginal peoples survey. They are in either PDF or excel formats and were created in 2009. The PDFs can be downloaded from the UAPS archived website. The third series is comprised of the UAPS website,, which was archived in July 2013 using Archive-It and can be accessed through an internet browser. The fourth series includes eleven five-minute videos of selected Aboriginal participants. These videos can be found online on Vimeo and the University’s WinnSpace account.
The fonds also include SPSS data files for both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal survey, which are available under a license agreement.
The codeframe, verbatim comments and originally completed questionnaires (Aboriginal survey only) collected by the UAPS survey in 2009 are not available to the public. The video archive, which includes 50 hour-long interviews with survey participants, is also unavailable to the public.

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There are restrictions on access. SPSS data files are available under a license agreement. Please contact the University Archivist for further details. The codeframe, verbatim comments and originally completed questionnaires (Aboriginal survey only) collected by the UAPS survey in 2009 are not available to the public. The video archive, which includes 50 hour-long interviews with survey participants, is also unavailable to the public.

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Copying and publishing of materials will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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August 16, 2012.
Revised July 26, 2013.

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Sources: Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study. Accessed August 15, 2012.

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