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Scholarship funding 2021-2024


The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health sciences. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

NTSP travel grant 2021


The NSTP provides research grants to students in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to help offset the costs of conducting research in the North

People's choice award: Best presentation 2021


The Queen’s Northern Research Symposium (QNRS) is an annual student-run conference that brings together individuals from Queen’s University who are involved in northern research. It provides an opportunity for students to present their research, to network, and to broaden their knowledge of the North. Researchers from any discipline (including Social and Health Sciences, Engineering, and Natural Sciences) are welcome.

Scholarship funding 2019


DutchCulture is the network and knowledge organisation for international cultural cooperation. We support the Dutch cultural and creative sector, public authorities and diplomatic posts in the pursuit of their international ambitions.

Winner Category: Creative and Sustainable Communities 2022


Title of photo: George Kunanaak collecting ice
Location of photo: Gjoa Haven, Nunavut
Description: The Inuit practice an ongoing relationship with the land through camping, hunting, and fishing. As part of the BearWatch project, I explore how such knowledge, accumulated over many generations, and Inuit values can be ethically engaged in a community-based polar bear monitoring program. This picture is taken on one of our trips out on the land around Gjoa Haven during spring 2022. It captures George Konanaak collecting ice from the lake for tea. He traces ice with the right quality to give his tea a nice ‘reddish, brown’ color. At this exact moment, he cracks out a huge piece, enough for a month of tea.


University of Glasgow

This presentation and workshop was created by Saskia de Wildt (Queen's University, Canada) and Leonard Netser (Coral Harbour, Nunavut) and is presented by Saskia de Wildt.


In Nunavut, polar bears are co-managed by federal and Inuit governing bodies. Following the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, it is mandatory to incorporate Inuit knowledge and values in wildlife management and research. However, the ideal of knowledge integration within wildlife conservation research and co-management, too often translates to a practice of box-ticking or knowledge appropriation - despite many research proposals stating intensions to do otherwise.

There is a rich body of knowledge from Indigenous and critical scholars on how to relate, in an ethical manner, different ways of knowing the world. Their approaches often allow for both demarcation of sacred spaces for knowledges that are irreconcilable with western ways of knowing, as well as for exploration of how we can bring together differentiated knowledge(s) on the bases of ethical relationships and mutually agreed upon rules of engagement (see Ermine, 2007).

In this episode, Saskia will elaborate on the collaborate efforts she and Leonard are working on to turn polar bear research into an ethical space, process and practice of engagement.

Saskia de Wildt is a creator/researcher. She is currently a PhD Vanier Scholar at Queen’s University, Canada, but has her roots in the Netherlands.  Her work transcends boundaries and binaries, but always gravitates close to decolonial theory, sensory ethnography and art. She is interested in applying art-direction, performance art and critical theory towards sustainable development and conservation challenges. To find out more about Saskia, please visit her website

Leonard Netser is a hunter and an artist, based in Coral Harbour. As he has grown up and has always lived on the land of Southampton Island, he doesn’t only know the land intimately, he is also well connected to multiple hamlets and individuals on the Island and beyond. He speaks fluent Inuktitut in multiple dialects which made it possible to receive mentorship and advice from community elders.

Leonard has previously collaborated with the BearWatch team as a principle investigator in Coral Harbour for the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program grant, titled; “Nunavummiut Polar Bear Surveys on Southampton Island: Toward Nunavummiut-inclusive Polar Bear Monitoring and Arctic Climate Change Impact Assessment’’.

His culture doesn’t believe in boasting achievements, but rather in telling stories. In his own words his expertise therefore lies all around the Tundra. His skills however, are applicable far beyond.

The music in this episode is from Uppbeat License code: KA9TXLHOS09RQY8Q


Queen's University

I examine what affective change towards an ethical space, process and practice of engagement can be achieved in polar bear research and management through aesthetic action?


Queen's journal

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