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Date: June 24, 2004

UVic grad and student win prestigious Fulbright award

Lyana PatrickLyana Patrick Kirstin CampbellKirstin Campbell Two University of Victoria women will take part in the world’s premier academic exchange program this coming academic year. UVic Indigenous Governance master’s student Lyana Patrick and UVic geography grad Kirstin Campbell will each receive a $15,000 (USD) Canada-U.S. Fulbright award to study in the United States.

“I am pleased to welcome Ms. Patrick and Ms. Campbell to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholars,” says Dr. Michael K. Hawes, executive director of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. “Their success brings tremendous credit to the University of Victoria and to the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program.”

The worldwide Fulbright program attracts exceptional scholars from more than 150 countries. Patrick and Campbell are among some 60 Canadian and American students and scholars participating in the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program’s bilateral academic exchange in the 2004/05 academic year.

As a visiting scholar in the University of Washington’s Native Voices program, Patrick will produce a documentary film tentatively titled, “Travels Across the Medicine Land.”

“I want to look at the impact of the Canada/U.S. border on First Nations communities, how that artificial border bisected those communities,” says Patrick. “I will look at these issues in the context of post 9-11 and in particular how the 1792 Jay Treaty, which allowed First Nations to work and travel freely across the border, is now considered abrogated in light of global terrorism.”

A member of the Stellat'en First Nation, Patrick has a BA in creative writing and history from UVic. Her background in film includes working as a writing intern with “North of 60” in 1994 and as a production assistant and manager with Maori documentary filmmakers in 2002. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including a National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship and a Canadian Native Arts Foundation Grant.

As a visiting Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholar at Northern Arizona University, Campbell will learn about “Lurch,” a forest management model which evaluates a forest’s response to pre-defined management actions.

“I’m interested in this forest management model because of its potential for long term planning including First Nations’ knowledge and goals for their land,” explains Campbell. “In the long term I want to use ‘Lurch’ to do some scenario planning and determine how climate change will affect the Cheslatta Carrier Nation land, which is just south of Burns Lake in British Columbia.”

Campbell is currently pursuing her doctorate in forestry at UBC, with a focus on the potential impacts of climate change on the Cheslatta Carrier Nation’s Community Forest and the surrounding area in British Columbia.

She holds a masters of science from UNBC and is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including scholarships from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Forest Service.

“The success of these two women not only reflects the outstanding quality of students and programs at the University of Victoria,” says Professor Jamie Cassels, UVic’s vice president academic and provost, “but it also celebrates the university’s commitment to strengthening its unique relationships with First Nations communities, and to making a major contribution to environmental research.”

An independent selection committee reviewed Patrick’s and Campbell’s applications for the academic merit of their proposed Fulbright projects and their suitability to the program’s mandate—to enhance mutual understanding between Canada and the United States. The women’s academic and professional backgrounds were also examined.

Patrick’s and Campbell’s scholarships bring the number of Fulbright scholars from UVic to six. With the support of Foreign Affairs Canada, the United States Department of State, and a host of private-sector partners, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program has engaged more than 600 students and scholars in high-level academic exchange since its inception in 1990.

For more information go to www.fulbright.ca.

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Media contacts:
Lyana Patrick (Indigenous Governance) at (250) 380-0814 or lyana@uvic.ca
Kirstin Campbell (Geography) at (250) 727-7982 or kirstin@dendronecology.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca
Amy J. Harvey (Program Officer, Communications, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program)
(613) 688-5517 or ajharvey@fulbright.ca


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