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FIRA History

On March 8, 2002, a national forum entitled "Father Involvement Day" was held in Toronto. Ninety participants, including researchers, practitioners, policy makers and fathers met to discuss the broad vision and potential research strategies for FIRA. Through a series of roundtable discussions, a number of strategic priorities were identified, including the formation of a steering committee and the pursuit of funding to support the development of a research infrastructure. The FIRA Steering Committee met in Toronto on September 20, 2002 to further outline topic areas for an application for the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) program of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). A document describing strategic themes (based on FIRA research priorities) was sent to all FIRA Network members. The Steering Committee of FIRA submitted a letter of intent to the Community University Research Alliance Program and in June 2003 FIRA was invited to submit a full proposal. In December 2003, FIRA received CURA funding to carry out a 5-year research program, later extended to six years. 

FIRA's CURA program was completed at the end of 2009. On October 28, 2009 a meeting of stakeholders was held at York Unversity to discuss the continuation of FIRA. As a result of that meeting a new  interim steering committee was formed to seek funding opportunities for new projects. Those efforts were not successful, thus the interim steering committee disbanded and FIRA ceased operations as an active research entity on January 1, 2010.

Knowledge dissemination continued through this website until the end of June 2015 when fira.ca became a web archive.

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