(1) are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Manitoba;
(2) have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study; and
(3) are conducting research in the area of family or gender-based violence.
In any given year, at least one of the scholarships will be awarded with first preference going to a student who has self-declared as a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit person from Canada, and second preference to a student who is conducting Indigenous-focused research.
The competition for the scholarships will be advertised each year by RESOLVE, and applicants will be required to submit a brief description (maximum 500 words) of their graduate research.
The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of awards offered each year in accordance with the terms above. The Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (or designate) will ask the Director of RESOLVE Manitoba to name the selection committee for this award.
This agreement may be amended by the mutual consent of the donor (or designate) and the University of Manitoba. All such amendments shall be in writing. In the absence of the donor (or designate), and providing all reasonable efforts have been made to consult, the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba has the right to modify the terms of this award if, because of changed conditions, it becomes necessary to do so. Such modification shall conform as closely as possible to the expressed intention of the donor in establishing the award.
Desiree Theriault (Architecture)
Project Title: Red River Women: a memorial for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) alongside Winnipeg’s Red River
For centuries, Indigenous women’s identities have been washed away in the urban realm, crystallizing a normalization and commodity of Indigenous women’s death and violence. Many underlying factors contribute to their victimization, from racism and sexism to spatially oppressive factors such as poverty, homelessness, and the legacy of colonialism. However, much of this marginalization has been perpetuated by the continued silencing of the urge to remember. Desiree’s research argues that memory, remembrance, and placemaking have an essential role in reconciling Indigenous women’s presence in the city.
The National Inquiry report for MMIWG released 231 imperative calls to justice – interestingly, none of these calls addressed spatial memorialization as a factor of justice. Yet here in Winnipeg, MMIWG, memory and crime have a strong spatial link to the Red River - a condition that has yet to be addressed to honor and remember those who have been murdered or went missing.
Desiree’s practicum examines the role of landscape architecture in responding to gender-based violence through spatial-justice and memorialization. The work involves a sensitive analysis and mapping of the locations of the missing and murdered to synthesize areas of re-occurring crime and threatening public space. Furthermore, the practicum investigates relevant Indigenous ontologies of bereavement, ceremonial practices, and healing journeys to inform culturally appropriate spatial conditions for memorialization. Together, these spatial conditions begin to manifest a landscape memorial, which Desiree believes is an intrinsic part of transitional justice and social reconstruction for the dignity of Indigenous women across Canada.
Renée Hoffart (Sociology & Criminology)
Projet Title: Keeping Women Safe? Assessing the Impact of Risk Discourse on the Societal Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Renée Hoffart’s dissertation research examines how responses to intimate partner violence have changed overtime. In the 1970s, violence against women came to be recognized as an important social issue due to the efforts of the Violence Against Women (VAW) Movement. A
women-centered approach that emphasized women’s perspectives and experiences was central to this initial response to violence against women. More recently, the advent of neoliberalism and an accompanying risk discourse have marked a notable shift toward more positivistic, quantitative approaches to identify “risk” and manage social problems, including violence against women.
This research is guided by one primary research question: What is the impact of the advent of risk discourse on the original goals of the Violence Against Women (VAW) Movement in relation to addressing intimate partner violence (IPV)? To address this question, Renée Hoffart had engaged in an in-depth analysis of key informant interview data collected by the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative to examine current understandings of risk in the criminal justice system and social service delivery, and the ways in which risk discourse shapes the response to victims and survivors of IPV with a view to determining the implications of this shift toward risk for responding to IPV, especially in relation to ensuring the safety of victims and survivors.
This research is conducted from a critical feminist perspective that interrogates current social and systemic approaches toward intimate partner violence. An intersectional lens is also applied throughout Renée’s dissertation to understand the ways in which women’s experiences are being homogenized under the current risk-based framework of responding to intimate partner violence.
Amanda Smith (Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges Program)
Project Title: Indigenous Women Healing from Intergenerational and Cumulative Trauma
Indigenous women are considered the heart of the community they represent the sacred fire which is set in the center of the community. Indigenous women are the first caregivers and teachers. Indigenous women of all generations have been subjected to horrendous oppressions at the hands of colonial tactics. In this modern era the effects of settler colonialism can be seen in the vast numbers of Indigenous children involved in Child Family Services, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited, and involvement with the justice system, all of which interrupt Indigenous women’s well-being.
Amanda Smith’s research focuses on Indigenous women’s experiences with violence, both historical and contemporary, and cumulative trauma. Amanda is interested in understanding how Indigenous women heal, more specifically how grandmothers, mothers and daughters can heal together. The women involved in this study will have experience with intergenerational healing modalities. The research that is proposed will provide an opportunity for Indigenous women living in Manitoba to identify, recognize and address how colonialism has contributed to the violence they, and their ancestors experienced within their families, communities, and the broader society. The goal of this research is to understand how Indigenous women and girls can overcome the internalized oppression and remember themselves as beautiful, sacred, and powerful life givers. The women will reflect on their experiences through journaling, talking circles, interviews and ceremony to share the outcomes of their healing. This research will inform healing interventions specific to Indigenous women, and girls that will promote a positive impact on intergenerational relationships within families and communities
The sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls has historical implications from early settler contact in Canada.
Indigenous women have been the targets to break down a nation of people and used to build the backbone of Canada through patriarchy policies and laws that continue to oppress and marginalize Indigenous people. They have experienced and continue to experience many forms of abuse, violence, discrimination, and racism because these forms of oppression are deeply rooted in Canada’s colonial structures. Indigenous women and girls are disproportionally over-represented in being sexually exploited as a direct result of these colonial ties.
This year, Tammy conducted research using Indigenous research methodologies where the use of ceremony, traditional Indigenous epistemes were at the heart of this research. The aim of this research project was fourfold: First, to gain insight into how Indigenous ceremonies and teachings contribute to the healing needs of sexually exploited women. Second, in pursuing this question Tammy gained further understanding of the complexities involved in healing for Indigenous women; Third, Tammy explored, in discussion with the women participating in this study, whether they think that ceremonies could play a role in preventing the sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and youth. Fourth, Tammy's goal was that this research would assist in the development of support and therapeutic programming based on traditional Indigenous ceremonies and teachings. By centering traditional Indigenous world views, access to ceremony and culturally reflective programming, Tammy believe's that change can take place, healing can start and for our women to emerge back into the land to find their voice and challenge the systemic barriers that have been in place that kept them voiceless for centuries.
Margherita Cameranesi (Applied Health Sciences)
Project Title: Resilience Processes in Children and Adolescents Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): A Convergent Parallel Mixed Methods Study
Nellie Murdock (Master of Social Work)
Project Title:Does Participation in Traditional Indigenous Ceremony Promote Positive Life Style Choices?
Jeanette Brazeau (Master of Social Work)
Project Title:Indigenous Youth Suicide: Indigenous Knowledge Holders Pathways to Mental/Spiritual Health
Jeanette Brazeau (Master of Social Work)
Project Title: Impact of family violence on Indigenous Adolescents
Jahna Hardy (Master of Social Work)
Project Title: Child Welfare Policies and Domestic Violence
Richelle Ready (Master of Social Work)
Project Title: The Criminal Justice Processing of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Olivia Peters (Sociology)
Project Title: Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention for Vulnerable Populations
Nicole Leeson (Sociology)
Project Title: Intimate Partner Violence
Jacob Simoens (Sociology)
Project Title: Treatment programs for males with abusive behavior
Miriam Gonzalez (Faculty of Nursing)
Project Title: The Effects of Level 2 Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) on Parental Use of Physical Punishment and Non-Physical Parenting Responses.
Alysha Jones (Family Social Science)
Project Title: Domestic Violence and Criminal Release Orders: How Much Is Too Much?
Mariah Baldwin (Sociology)
Project Title: Exploring a Continuum of Policy Responses to Domestic Homicides in Canada