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Congratulations to PhD student, Kelsey Leonard, for receiving the prestigious Harvey E. Longboat award!

Kelsey Leonard is a recipient of the Harvey E. Longboat award for her transboundary work on Indigenous water governance

Dec 11, 2017

Harvey E. Longboat graduate scholarship for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students is intended as a means to recognize and acknowledge the academic achievement and exceptional promise of Indigenous graduate students or students at McMaster University. Consideration is also given to scholars who have demonstrated mentorship within community settings.

Leonard’s research will examine the norms, dynamics and mechanisms that underlie the management structure, composition, and politics of Indigenous water governance and how Indigenous Nations bordering Canada and the United States build resiliency in response to ecological changes and altered human activities. Leonard’s work is centered in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin and investigates the interjurisdictional coordination of Indigenous Nations, the United States, and Canada for transboundary water governance. Her aim is to expand the understanding of Indigenous water institutions as critical catalysts for the mobilization of US-Canada water decision-makers to value Indigenous epistemologies of caring for water. Kelsey Leonard is an enrolled citizen of the Shinnecock Indian Nation.

Congratulations Kelsey Leonard and all the best in your studies!