DSocSci student awarded Queen’s Indigenous pre-doctoral fellowship

Lisa Weighton

A Royal Roads Doctor of Social Sciences candidate has accepted a unique opportunity to complete her doctoral research while advancing Indigenous issues, histories and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Adrianne Lickers was awarded a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Indigenous students at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her one-year term begins July 1.

The fellowship is open to Indigenous doctoral students from universities across the country working on research in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences or natural and physical sciences.

Lickers will receive a stipend and will teach a four-month course in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences while completing her research.

Originally from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation near Brantford, Ontario, Lickers is examining the implementation of the community-based food security initiative, Our Sustenance.

Lickers works as the coordinator for the program and says it was developed in response to a community request to access locally-grown produce.

“Food security is a growing concern in Canada and around the world,” she says.

“The Our Sustenance program is bringing food, culture, and community together to increase food stability. This research seeks to better understand the components and goals of this program, and will investigate the ways that the Haudenosaunee community has created a space for people to connect, or reconnect with themselves, each other, and the community.”

Watch a recent CBC Television story about the Our Sustenance program.