In IPinCH-supported Community Initiatives, our team members work with communities to investigate and address pressing cultural heritage challenges in specific contexts. Special Initiatives are smaller-scale projects that are undertaken by or with communities and focused on particular local heritage needs.
We value a collaborative approach and use Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methods that engage the community in all aspects of the research process. Communities determine the research goals, which form for the foundation for the initiative, including the practical and theoretical outputs.
Community Initiatives and Special Initiatives are located all over the globe. We provide funding support to eighteen projects, based in Australia, Canada, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, New Zealand, southern Africa, and the United States, working with groups such as the Inuvialuit, the Penobscot Nation, the Ainu, the Hopi Tribe, and the Moriori.