QE II: Establishing Right Relations

Posted Nov 10, 2015 1:49 pm

Establishing Right Relations:
Advancing Development and Prosperity for Indigenous and Settler Populations in the Commonwealth

This program will link undergraduate and graduate students, scholars and thought leaders with others around the Commonwealth to develop and share knowledge about the most effective approaches to ensuring that economic development meets the needs of Indigenous people as well as the descendants of settlers in Commonwealth countries. Interns will be part of this network before, during and after their internships. Students will register in the TRN307H International Experience I course as part of their summer internship and will receive a grade based on written work and supervisor evaluation.

On their return, students will be expected to register in TRN 308H, International Experience II and participate in the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Forum. The Forum is organized through the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics, and involves students and faculty in the College's International Relations and Ethics, Society and Law programs as well as the broader University community. Queen Elizabeth II scholars and interns will enrich the forum by bringing their international internship based broad perspectives and experience to groups addressing locally-rooted focused issues. Evaluation in TRN308H will be based on participation in the Forum, including oral presentation and completion of a scholarly paper based on the intern’s research or internship experience.

Returning interns will also have the opportunity to be introduced to local agencies and advocacy groups, to provide ideas and perspectives relative to their work, comparing best practices and proposing areas for focus and innovation in the delivery of services or the structure of advocacy work. 

Eligibility

Students must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada, registered in the Faculty of Arts and Science and currently in second year or beyond. Students must be willing and able to spend at least 90 consecutive days in the host country during the summer of 2017 and to register in the TRN307H course. Students who are both planning to graduate in the spring or summer of 2017, and have accepted an offer to enroll in a graduate program in 2017-18 may also be eligible.

2017 Queen Elizabeth II internship opportunities:

Canberra, Australia - Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University

Australian National University’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) undertakes social science research on Indigenous policy and development. CAEPR provides interns with opportunities to join research projects that explore relationships between Indigenous communities and the National and State governments in the economic development of the country.

Perth, Australia - University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia can provide a wide range of supervision in fields relating to First Nations and Mining. The Centre for Mining, Energy and Resources Law includes staff members with expertise in areas such as regulation of the mining industry, native title and corporate governance. The Faculty of Law also has strength in criminal justice, with specific expertise in issues affecting aboriginal people. In the broader Faculty, there is expertise in human rights, scholarship of learning and teaching, environmental law and Indigenous peoples and the law more broadly.

Sydney, Australia - University of New South Wales

The Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales researches issues related to Indigenous land ownership, statutory land rights systems, land reform and land reform theory and the related Indigenous legal issues.

San Ignacio, Belize - Centre for Engaged Learning Abroad (CELA)

Opportunities through CELA include: tracing and examining colonial and state educational policy and practice and examining how these policies were experienced and responded to by the Maya and Garifuna: conducting a situational analysis of educational services delivered to Indigenous children; documenting and analyzing the educational outcomes and experience of Indigenous children in post independence Belize; and documenting and examining the history, challenges, results and promise of grassroots Indigenous education efforts.

Guyana - A coalition of community groups from Shell  Beech, Mabaruma, and Santa Rosa

The new project will involve visiting three Indigenous communities in Region One of Guyana (North West of the country - see http://parliament.gov.gy/about-parliament/regions/region-1/)  to help them set up an on-going audit that can assess the potential environmental impact of oil exploration following Exxon Mobil’s drilling and discovery of significant oil reserves off Guyana’s shores (see: http://news.exxonmobil.com/press-release/exxonmobil-says-second-well-offshore-guyana-confirms-significant-oil-discovery.)

Students will spend the first week in Georgetown, the capital city, getting supplies and meeting with colleagues there as well as visiting with the Environmental Protection Agency, before spending three to four weeks each in three indigenous communities:

Community 1 (base): Shell Beech (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Beach,_Guyana ; home of the endangered leatherback turtle and site of a local and very successful conservation effort).

Community 2: Mabaruma, close to the Venezuelan border, the Administrative Centre for the region and home to one of two secondary school in the region (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mabaruma ).

Community 3: Santa Rosa is a community in the Barima-Waini region of northern Guyana. Its population is approximately 10,000 [1].Santa Rosa is the largest Amerindian village in Guyana. The village is  a collection of at least ten settlements spread out in the Savannah wetlands along a ten-mile stretch of the Moruka River. Santa Rosa is one of the earliest Catholic Missions in Guyana. Santa Rosa contains the second of the region's two secondary schools, Santa Rosa Secondary School, established in 1992. (The first, North West Secondary School in Mabaruma, was set up in 1965 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Rosa,_Guyana).

In each community, students will work with local residents to develop a survey that assesses community knowledge of the recent oil finds, identifies the extent of consultations thus far, and explores potential issues, expectations and concerns. They will do this work in consultation with the contact persons identified below. This research will be made accessible and available to all three communities and the Environmental Protection Agency at the end of the internship.

Auckland, New Zealand - Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga / New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence

Please note that this opportunity is only available to those who identify as Indigenous peoples; First Nations (Status, non-Status, Treaty), Métis, Inuit, or North American Indian.

Ngā Pae hosts the International Indigenous Research Conference. This provides an opportunity for interns to work alongside Ngā Pae staff in working with the abstracts and timetabling process; perform analysis regarding the submissions by theme, geographic spread, Indigenous cultures represented, etc.; and be involved in the proceedings/extended abstracts process. As an Indigenous centre, Ngā Pae will be hosting other events during the internship period as well as research symposia and seminars.

Wellington, New Zealand – University of Otago.

This opportunity is focused on studying Maori maternal health and intimate partner violence. The program will involve key informant interviews with Maori pregnant women/mothers under the age of 20, tribal leaders and health practitioners.

How to apply

Students are invited to apply by completing the application form (below) and submitting it together with a CV, a copy of a complete transcript and a brief essay (no more than 500 words) by email to artsdean@trinity.utoronto.ca with the subject line QE2-Establishing Right Relations. Documents should be submitted in pdf or doc form.

Students should request a letter of recommendation from an undergraduate supervisor/ instructor, which should also be sent directly by the referee to artsdean@trinity.utoronto.ca with the subject line Establishing Right Relations.

The deadline for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is January 15th, 2017.

Application Form(pdf)
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