As Special Advisor to the VP of Research Programs, Mr. McNaughton is currently responsible for strategic initiatives in Aboriginal and cross-agency interdisciplinary research and research training at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Mr. McNaughton has 15 years of experience with SSHRC, having worked in all of SSHRC’s program areas—research grants, strategic grants, knowledge mobilization, program integration and fellowships.
His interest in helping to improve Canada’s relations with Indigenous peoples stretches back to work with the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (1979-81) and Environment Canada (1982-88), where he researched and wrote the 1983 policy paper, Environment Canada and the North. Mr. McNaughton has 14 years of experience with the non-governmental sector, having worked as Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities (1990-95) and the Movement for Canadian Literacy (1996-99). His work with the Federation included organization of a round table on Aboriginal peoples and humanities scholarship at the 1992 UPEI Conference of Learned Societies. Also in 1992, he presented "The Eurocentric Curriculum in Canadian Universities"—the opening plenary paper of the University of Saskatchewan conference, “Eurocentrism, the Academy and the Economy.”
In 2003, Mr. McNaughton wrote Opportunities in Aboriginal Research; Results of SSHRC’s Dialogue on Research and Aboriginal Peoples and from 2004 to 2008 he managed the initial rounds of SSHRC’s Aboriginal Research Pilot Program.