Supporting Indigenous research

New UWinnipeg award provides up to $25,000 to faculty member

Mary Jane McCallum

Mary Jane McCallum

WINNIPEG, MB –The University of Winnipeg is pleased to announce Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum as the inaugural Indigenous Research Scholar Award recipient (UWIRSA). Dr. McCallum, Professor (History), intends to use the research funds to pursue several projects, including completion of a volume on Indigenous Women’s History (with Dr. Susan Hill), and creation of a collaborative website with other Indigenous historians from Ontario and Saskatchewan.

“There is a small network of Indigenous historians and we want to create a resource that is dedicated to contemporary issues related to Indigenous history,” says Dr. McCallum, who is a member of the Munsee Delaware Nation in southern Ontario. “This would also allow us to create a bibliography and links to other Indigenous scholars for educators and the general public.”

The new UWIRSA, with a value of up to $25,000, will be awarded annually and is open to UWinnipeg faculty members. These funds will help support and leverage current and proposed research along with other related activities.

“We have a deep commitment to strengthening Indigenous scholarship and research,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “This award was established to recognize and support the scholarship of our faculty members like Dr. McCallum so they may continue to have an impact in both academia and the broader community.”

“We are pleased that Dr. McCallum’s research will be strengthened by this new award,” said Dr. Jino Distasio, Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “Dr. McCallum is an accomplished researcher and this funding will help support further work.”  

Dr. McCallum is also in the third year of a four year research project funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her project Indigenous Histories of Tuberculosis in Manitoba 1930-1970, is examining of the history of TB from archival records and oral histories. Her goal is to publish a book on the Manitoba experience with TB with Indigenous people and perspectives at the center.

A call for submission for the new UWIRSA fund will be issued annually with applicants providing a brief proposal outlining a research project and budget. The applications will be reviewed by a committee. Results of the competition will be announced each fall. Find out more at the research website.

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Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

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