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UVic student heads to Australia on first Indigenous co-op exchange

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Posted on September 8, 2015

By: UVic’s Community News Source

When UVic student Kimberly Hanton packed her bags for her work term in Australia last month, she carried words of encouragement from the local Indigenous Elders. Hanton recently embarked on the university’s first Indigenous co-op exchange after attending a departure ceremony at First Peoples House in her honour.

This unique co-op exchange saw Hanton travel to the University of Newcastle in Australia in August, while UVic will welcome Australian Indigenous student Cristal Walters to campus this fall.

Hanton, an Indigenous student studying political science, will be working with Australia’s leading Aboriginal historian, as well as contributing to the University of Newcastle’s Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre team. Walters will take part in the LE,NONET program, take some Indigenous Studies courses and complete a multi-week internship in Victoria.

“I am excited and greatly thankful for this upcoming passage of my life,” says Hanton. “I hope that I will make a positive difference with my work and will keep close the words of encouragement from the Elders. Thanks to their blessings, I certainly know I will be safe on my journey.”

Both students will be supported by local Indigenous Elders and will participate in cultural ceremonies that will protect them on their travels and keep them connected to their Indigenous homeland. Hanton was guided by Elders May Sam, Skip Sam and Skip Dick during a departure ceremony at First Peoples House on Aug. 19, while Walters will be given a traditional welcome to the local Lekwungen territory and the opportunity to learn about the culture and protocols of the Coast Salish Peoples when she arrives in September.

This exchange program was established through the CANCOM-COOP project, as a result of funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program. UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services received the funding in March.

“It’s a unique initiative, as the students will support each other during their exchanges and will spend time working together on a community engagement initiative here in Canada when Kimberly returns to campus,” says Dr. Norah McRae, executive director of UVic’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to share knowledge and to connect Indigenous students from Canada with other Indigenous communities across the world.”

Call for Proposals

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The call for proposals is now open. The deadline for submission of proposals: Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program which will help develop the next generation of innovative leaders and community builders, both locally and globally.

AUCC will accept a maximum of two project proposals per member institution. Please download and save the following documents.

Universities: Please read the instructions in the application forms and guidelines carefully.  If you have any questions, please send them by email to qescholars@aucc.ca.  AUCC will respond to all questions until November 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST and will share all responses in our FAQ section. The FAQ section will be updated on a weekly basis. For more information and details please visit the AUCC website.

Students: This call for proposals is open to Canadian universities. Please contact your Canadian university for all student enquiries.

 

Announcing Queen Elizabeth Scholarships

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June 13, 2014 For immediate release

The Governor General Welcomes the Creation of  the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships
Media Release Office of the Secretary of the Governor General

Prime Minister Stephen Harper Announces the Launch of the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamon Jubilee Scholarships
Media Release Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien proud of the outstanding cooperation that created the newly announced Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program
Media Release – The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien

Prestigious new scholarship program invests in Canada’s next generation of global leaders
Media Release Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada