ISE Darrell Posey Student Fellowships support highly promising Masters and PhD students from a wide range of geographical backgrounds, disciplinary orientations and ethnicities whose work and commitment shows great promise for applied ethnoecology or, more generally, for bridging academic research with applied community-based work. Students can be based at institutions in developed or developing countries, although preference is given to developing country students based in their home country institutions and to indigenous students in all countries. The grants are particularly aimed to support elements of the research cycle that are often not encouraged within academic institutions or financially supported by funders, but which are integral to the ISE Code of Ethics and to goal of making ethnoecological research directly relevant to the needs and rights of local communities. In the past students have used grants to carry out advanced consultations and dialogue with communities in order to ensure research is designed to serve questions and problems identified by local groups; or to returning research results in forms of value to communities such as manuals, video, radio, and other means. The PhD Fellows receive $4,500 annually for two years, Masters Fellows receive a one-time grant of $3,000. The award includes additional funds from the ISE for the PhD Fellows to participate in ISE Congresses.
Current Student Fellows
Janelle Marie Baker (Canada) is a PhD student in Anthropology at McGill University, Canada. Building on eight years of work as a consultant to First Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, her research seeks to document impact of oil and gas extraction on traditional food harvesting and lifeways. Working with several Cree nations affected by the highly controversial Alberta Oil Sands development, her project focuses on indigenous peoples’ own experiences and responses to pollution as a way of clarifying the impacts of resource extraction and informing negotiations and policies for future environmental impact assessments and consultations.
Thiago C. Gomes (Brazil) is a PhD student in Ecology at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. Born and raised in Curitiba, “the land of Araucaria forests”, Thiago has previously worked with small farming communities in the region and, more recently with First Nations communities Canada’s west coast oak savannas. His PhD project focuses on social-ecological processes and patterns of change within the cultural landscapes of the Xokleng-Laklãnõ Peoples in southern Brazil, identifying local strategies for resource management and conservation.
Antonia Barreau (Chile) is carrying out her Masters research (University of British Columbia, Canada) in a Mapuche indigenous community in the temperate forests of the Araucanía region in southern Chile, looking at the interactions between people and wild edible plants. By developing a better understanding of the effects of landscape degradation, land grabbing and cultural homogenization, her work seeks to support the revitalization of traditional food systems and their role in social cohesion and in strengthening Mapuche access rights.
Brielle Beaudin (Canada) is an MA student in Indigenous Governance at the University of Winnipeg. A Métis herself, her work explores Métis food sovereignty from the perspective of harvesters and their experiences, and in the context of historical processes and food-related policies in the province of Manitoba. Using archival research and oral histories her thesis contributes to an understanding of Métis traditional harvesting rights in a way that supports the revalorization of their knowledge, foodways and self-determination.
Past Student Fellows
Joaquín Carrizosa (2012-2013, Colombia): Joaquín’s PhD project (Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Leticia/University of Kent, UK) is the product of many years living with the A’I Kofan in the Putumayo and is focused on indigenous territoriality as an ongoing social and political process. The Fellowship enabled him to continue supporting several indigenous groups in the region as they begin to repair and rebuild their social and environmental fabric following decades of war and the devastating effects of a 1960’s oil boom, a 1990’s coca boom, and the widespread use of air-sprayed defoliants as part of a US-sponsored coca-eradication program. Joaquín facilitated a series of strategic exchanges between groups attempting to re-establish their forest-based subsistence systems and reclaim their rights and use over their ancestral lands.
Gabrielle Legault (2012-2013, Canada): Gabrielle’s doctoral research (University of British Columbia, Canada) focuses on how Métis notions of identity and relationships to the land base have been formed amidst the processes of displacement, dispersion and urbanization to which these communities of mixed Aboriginal and European ancestry have been historically subjected to. As a Métis person herself, Gabrielle used the Fellowship to support discussions among the Métis and between community groups and researchers in Kelowna, British Columbia. This work lays the foundations for a locally-driven research process that aims to explore and address a range of issues relating to Métis identity, territoriality, food harvesting, resource use and physical, mental and spiritual health.
Leigh Joseph (2012, Canada) is a member of the Squamish First Nations and a Masters student in Ethnobotany (University of Victoria, Canada). For the past five years she has worked with several First Nations groups on ethnobotany-related projects. Her Masters research, which followed from speaking with community members interested in traditional plant foods and social renewal, is focused on the restoration of riceroot, an iconic traditional food plant. An important health-related context to her efforts in helping rebuild traditional diets relates to the ongoing diet-related epidemic of Type II diabetes and obesity among First Nations in the province.
Daniel Salau Rogei (2012, Kenya) is a Maasai from the Great Rift Valley and a Masters student in Communication Development (Daystar University, Nairobi). Over the past twelve years he has worked with the Simba Maasai Outreach Organization, a community-based organization he helped found, and which works to support the integrated and rights-based development of the Maasai through projects in the fields of education, environmental management and cultural and linguistic revival. As part of his Masters he is using a broad range of media and participatory approaches to document and revitalize Maasai culture and to support the establishment of the Centre for Indigenous Languages and Cultural Studies (CILACS), a center for the documentation and revitalization of Maasai culture.