Gorsebrook Research Institute

Since 1982, the Gorsebrook Research Institute (GRI) for Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) has been the regional hub for research and collaborative scholarship on Atlantic Canada. Our Atlantic Canada recognizes First Nation communities and their land sovereignty, the ethnic and cultural diversity of those who were settled as part of forced immigration and colonization, and those who are here by their own choice and agency. Our mandate is to provide an interdisciplinary research environment that facilitates exchanges and partnerships in ways that improve understandings of Atlantic Canada.


What’s new at the GRI

The GRI Funding Opportunities 2022

Our grants support research and partnerships for SMU faculty members and affiliated researchers, and for conferences and community-based projects.

Please send us your application until 15 November 2022 to: gorsebrook@smu.ca

For more information, feel free to download our Funding Opportunities flyer and feel free to circulate it within your department, colleagues and students!

Community-Based Work in Atlantic Canada Conference

Join us Friday, March 18th, 2022 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for the Community-Based Work in Atlantic Canada conference in-person at the Unilever Lounge (SB 422 - 4th floor Sobey Building - Saint Mary's University) and online via Zoom. This is a free one-day event with three panels from local researchers and a roundtable discussion focusing on community work across Atlantic Canada.

For both in-person and Zoom attendance, please register no later than March 11th at https://communityatlanticcanada.eventbrite.ca/

For more details, please look at our Program and feel free to share! 

GRI Funding Opportunities 2021

Our grants support research and partnerships for SMU faculty members and affiliated researchers, and for conferences and community-based projects.

For more information, please look at our Funding Opportunities

Online Workshop Online Workshop: “Canadian Coastal Histories” from 19-20 November

This two-day online workshop will discuss the changes coastal cultures, coastal places, and global oceanic connections will face in the time of the climate crisis. Growing international interest in coasts from a range of disciplines suggests a productive framework for rethinking histories from the land and tidewaters currently known as Canada, the country with the world’s longest coastline. 

Click here for the workshop flyer and feel free to circulate it within your department and among your students!