Students share compelling Indigenous research

Indigenous students 3MT, ©UWinnipeg

First Indigenous 3MT competitors, ©UWinnipeg

The University of Winnipeg hosted its first Three Minute Thesis competition (Wednesday, March 7, 2018) focused on Indigenous research. Students studying at the Masters and Doctoral levels shared their areas of research.

Approximately 20 students participated from UWinnipeg’s Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development, and Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance program; the University of Manitoba’s Ongonziiwin Research Centre, and nine visiting PhD students from the Pueblo Nation from Arizona State University.

Students had three minutes each to explain to the group their thesis. A wide-variety of research topics was represented such as traditional knowledge, prenatal care and colonial practices; exploring place-based education that reconnects with the land; deconstructing trauma; and economic self-determination for First Nations communities.

“We were so honoured to build a relationship with students from U of M and Arizona State University. The richness of the research and personal connection that students had to their research topics was evident and inspiring. The 3MT format provided us with a very short, but high impact glimpse into the rigorous work of this new era of Indigenous scholarship,” said Dr. Jaime Cidro, Acting MDP Director and Acting Academic Lead out of the Office of Indigenous Affairs, which hosted the event.

Judges at 3MT , ©UWinnipeg

Judges, Alana Lajoie-O’Malley, Dr. Mavis Reimer, ©UWinnipeg

The UWinnipeg judges for the event were Alana Lajoie-O’Malley (Senior Advisor, Research and Sustainability); Dr. Mavis Reimer (Dean, Graduate Students); and Dr. Shelley Tulloch (Chair, Anthropology).

The annual UWinnipeg Graduate Three Minute Thesis (3MT) will be on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 2:30-4:00 pm in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. It is free and open to everyone.



  • Rob said...

    My mother is interested in attending but is concerned with having to participate in any traditional practices such as smudging. My mother is Christian and does not want to have to do this. My mother used to teach the language as well has attended University to receive a diploma.
    Is participating in smudging mandatory?

    • Communications said...

      The Graduate Studies 3MT on April 3rd will not have a smudging ceremony. If a spectator feels uncomfortable with any of the topics covered during the 3MT, they can choose to leave during that presentation and are welcome to return once the presentation is complete.