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Recipients of the RCGS Graduate Research Scholarships


Erin Hanson
Coast Salish Natural Resource Management post-Tsilhqot’in: A case study with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Emma Davis
Vegetation dynamics of alpine treelines in protected areas of the Canadian Cordillera


Jeanette Carney, Memorial University
Asbestos Hill Mine: History and Legacy

Jeanette Carney’s research is on the operational history of the Asbestos Hill mine in Nunavik (northern Québec), as well as the mine’s past and current impacts on Inuit. The purpose of this research is to contribute to the knowledge of mining impacts in Nunavik and on Inuit in the Canadian North and to provide a historical context to current mineral development issues in the region.

Frances Stewart, University of Victoria
The Moraine Mesocarnivore Project; Assessing the value of Canadian human-altered landscapes for native mesocarnivore species

Frances Stewart’s research will scientifically document the wildlife community in Alberta’s Cooking Lake Moraine (CLM), a mixed-use agricultural landscape. The research could serve as a model for human-wildlife coexistence across Canada. The research aims to assess the value of Alberta’s CLM, an example human-modified landscape for all areas of human wildlife coexistence in Canada, by scientifically quantifying it’s ecological contribution to maintaining mammalian biodiversity as a fragmented landscape.


Andrew Spring, Wilfred Laurier University
Food security in the Northwest Territories

Andrew Spring's research will examine the impacts of climate change on the availability of country foods; how development pressures are impacting community approaches to traditional activities; and how community-defined programs can build adaptive capacity to increase community resilience and enhance the traditional economy.

Dasvinder Kambo, Queens University
Fine-scale mechanisms of tree establishment and growth in an alpine forest-tundra eco-zone

Dasvinder Kambo’s research goal is to examine how differences in fine-scale factors influence treeline dynamics for the purpose of improving forecasts of change.

Sarah Nelson, University of Northern British Columbia
Race, culture, identity, health: Understanding the challenges of service provision within urban Aboriginal health care services

Sarah Nelson’s research focuses on understanding the challenges, and the strategies for addressing these challenges, encountered in the provision of Aboriginal-focused health care services in two Canadian urban centres: Prince George, BC, and Toronto, ON.

Brielle Beaudin, University of Winnipeg
Métis food sovereignty in Manitoba: Perspectives from harvesters on traditional foods and Métis harvesting rights

Brielle Beaudin’s research purpose is to address Métis food sovereignty by understanding Métis harvesters’ perspectives on the recent changes to the MMF and Manitoba province’s partnership on Métis Natural Resource Harvesting Zones and recognized Métis harvesting rights.

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