The Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) was established in 1973 as an interdisciplinary regional research centre. Its mandate is to initiate, undertake, encourage, support, and publish scholarly research on all aspects of prairie life, including its history, resources, land, and people.
- To foster an understanding and appreciation of the Canadian Plains region.
- To develop a community of people studying the region.
- To study and help solve problems of the region, its people and its resources.
- To provide services to prairie institutions and researchers.
- To publish scholarly work which examines life in the prairie region of Canada.
CPRC is affiliated with numerous research institutes, universities and organizations:
- Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba
- Center for Great Plains Studies, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
- Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Canadian Council on Ecological Areas, Ottawa, Canada
- Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), Regina SK
- Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy, University of Regina
- University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
- University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
- University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
- University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba
CPRC memberships include:
- Association of Canadian Studies
- Association of Canadian Publishers
- Association of Canadian University Presses
- Saskatchewan Publishers Group
After wide discussion of the concept of a regional studies resource centre by interested groups in the three prairie provinces, the prairie universities agreed to the establishment of such a centre as part of the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan. Thus the Canadian Plains Area Studies Programme was developed and included both undergraduate and graduate training in Canadian Plains Studies. Later in 1970, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research approved a constitution for a separate research resource centre to complement the teaching program. The original name, Canadian Plains Area Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, was changed to Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, in 1973.
CPRC Executive Directors:
Dr. W. Don Stewart, July 1973–December 1976
Dr. M. Evelyn Jonescu, January 1977–December 1985
Dr. James N. McCrorie, January 1986–June 1995
Dr. David A. Gauthier, July 1995–March 2006
Dr. Polo Diaz, April 2006-present
The first issue of the Center’s scholarly journal—Prairie Forum—appeared in 1976. Prairie Forum [link: to www.cprcpress.com/prairieforum is a refereed multidisciplinary semi-annual publication which serves as an outlet for research relating to the Canadian prairie region and which is important in facilitating closer communication between prairie researchers.
Editors of Prairie Forum:
Raymond Huel (acting)
CPRC published its first two books in 1973: Region of the Mind: Interpreting the Western Canadian Plains, edited by Richard Allen, and The Expanding Relation: Sociology in Prairie Universities by B.Y. Card. From 1973 to 1990, between 1 and 5 books were published each year. After 1990, book publishing activity increased to between 4 and 10 books each year. In 1997, CPRC published its first trade book: People Places: Saskatchewan and Its Names by Bill Barry. In 2005, CPRC published The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, the single largest educational publishing project in Saskatchewan's history. Between 1999 and 2008, CPRC books won 18 awards. In its 36-year history, CPRC has published 190 books, with over 120 of them still in print. See current books in print at the CPRC Press website [link: www.cprcpress.com].
CPRC’s Research Fellows [link: www.cprc.uregina.ca/researchfellows] Program was established in 1983 to provide support to visiting scholars conducting studies on the Canadian prairie region. From 1983 through 2009, 58 scholars have received support for their research through the program.
CPRC was the first research institute within the University of Regina to offer an accredited degree program. The Canadian Plains Studies Program [link: www.cprc.uregina.ca/gradstudies] facilitates interdisciplinary studies of master and doctoral students on topics relevant to the Canadian Plains. Twenty-six students have completed their M.A. degrees and 11 students have completed their Ph.D. degrees through CPRC.
CPRC has been involved with dozens of research projects [link: www.cprc.uregina.ca/researchprojects] over the past several decades with a wide variety of partners, always with the aim of furthering CPRC’s mandate to facilitate transdisciplinary research and address issues relevant to the Canadian Plains.
As part of its original and continuing education and community outreach mandate, CPRC has, since 1974, organized, facilitated or partnered with other organizations in delivering over 100 conferences [link: www.cprc.uregina.ca/conferences], symposia, workshops, lectures, meetings and seminars. Prominent among these has been the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture [link: www.cprc.uregina.ca/woodrowlloyd], administered jointly with the Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, in honour of the first Saskatchewan-born premier.
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