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Peace and Reconciliation Centre


Peace and Reconciliation Centre’s Collaboratorium

UFV PARC is once again offering the Community-engaged Collaboratorium over the summer of 2023. Building on the momentum of having been awarded the Outstanding BC Heritage Award in Indigenous and Diverse Cultures in 2022, UFV PARC is currently looking for community partners.

The Collaboratorium is designed to provide community organizations with sophisticated research services at a fraction of the cost that would be associated with a corporate consultant, while providing students with opportunities to deploy and enhance the research skills they have been developing in their classes. The Collaboratorium therefore bridges both the expectation and skills gap by providing training, intercultural awareness, and administrative and academic oversight, for passionate undergraduate students and community partners to conduct research that contributes to building a foundation for peace and reconciliation.

  • Identify and direct a research project that is meaningful and important to your community.
  • Build a foundation for genuine reconciliation within your community.
  • Expand your organization’s capacity by hiring a skilled undergraduate student to carry out research that will benefit your community.
  • Gain access to university resources, space for students to work collaboratively with other interns and researchers, and faculty mentorship and supervision.
  • The cost to sponsor a full-time student over the summer is $12,000.00. This would provide students with a gross pay of $800 per week (including benefits) for 15 weeks. (If the full cost of $12,000 is not feasible for you, please reach out to us and we can look into alternative options).

  • Gain work experience in your field of study prior to graduating.
  • Build connections and relationships with members of the community, university faculty, and like-minded students.
  • Receive training and mentorship from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Strengthen your skills in research, interpersonal communication, and cultural awareness.


The Collaboratorium is unique in the sense that it allows communities to identify and direct the research project that holds the most importance to them. The research carried out through the Collaboratorium seeks to build a foundation for making the world a genuinely better place in which the communities are better able to tell their story, achieve their goals, and meet their member’s needs.

"I conceived the idea for the Collaboratorium when I saw that there were many students from the College of Arts who were developing critical research skills and experience but not being provided the opportunity to apply them", Professor Keith Carlson, PARC Director explains.

"Likewise, there were community organizations who had research questions but did not necessarily have the time or capacity to design a project and oversee a student to complete it. The Collaboratorium brings these needs together in a way that is nurtured and supported by faculty and university staff.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating in the 2023 Collaboratorium or would like to learn more, please email


A huge thanks to all of our Summer 2023 Collaboratorium partners providing meaningful opportunities and mentorship!



Thank you to all of our Summer 2021 Collaboratorium partners who provided meaningful opportunities and mentorship to UFV students!

We're honoured to win the Outstanding BC Heritage Award in Indigenous and Diverse Cultures. Thank you to Heritage Abbotsford for the nomination and recognizing PARC Director, Dr. Keith Carlson's, dedication to the Collaboratorium project.

The Heritage BC Awards celebrate incredible achievements in heritage across the Province of British Columbia every year. You can view other amazing 2022 award winners and read about what made each one stand out.


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