Filmmaker receives Vanier Canada Graduate...

Sarah Abbott, an award-winning independent filmmaker and associate professor of film production at the University of Regina has been selected to receive a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her doctoral studies at Royal Roads University. The Vanier CGS are among the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada, and are awarded to world-class doctoral students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year for three years. 

“I am deeply honoured to have my research in film and community engagement recognised with the Vanier Scholarship,” Abbott says.  “It feels great to be able to give back by sharing my learning and research in a public way through film.”

Abbott is currently pursuing a Doctor of Social Sciences degree.  Through her research, she intends to combine her experience with film, media literacy and empowerment projects with social science research approaches.  Engaging Media and Indigenous Youth, a community engagement project Abbott held in Regina in the winter of 2013, was an inspiration for her dissertation research, which will culminate in a film that examines factors associated with high rates of suicide among Indigenous people.

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