DISE's Iris Kahtehrón:ni Stacey, Jayne Malenfant win Vanier Scholarships


Published: 31Jul2018

Thirteen McGill graduate students have won Vanier Scholarships, the university announced last week. This prestigious program is the federal government's top recognition of doctoral research excellence. Among the selected students are doctoral students with our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), Iris Kahtehrón:ni Stacey and Jayne Malenfant.

Iris Kahtehrón:ni Stacey, Education

Investigating the Vital Role of L2 Speakers in Indigenous Languages Revitalization

Iris Kahtehrón:ni Stacey will be investigating the needs of adult second language speakers of Kanien’keha to carry a strengthened, unabridged language into the future. Through Participatory Action Research, this study will assist us in determining the most effective learning approaches for advanced speakers of Indigenous languages to reach a mastery level of proficiency through an Indigenization and exploration of second language pedagogies. The research will underscore the importance of strategic language planning for communities to ensure the tools are in place for second language speakers to successfully pass the language on to their next generations. This research will contribute to knowledge in the field of Indigenous language revitalization both nationally and globally.

Jayne Malenfant, Integrated Studies in Education

Ensuring Access to Effective Education for Homeless Youth: How Can We Navigate an Increasingly Neoliberal Economic Context?

Malenfant’s research contributes to a growing body of knowledge on approaches to learning that encourage innovative and equitable participation in the future global economy, though is unique in its specific focus on how to effectively prepare Canada’s precariously housed youth for these shifts. Youth who are or have experienced home-lessness are less likely to graduate high school or enrol in post-secondary studies, mak-ing them extraordinarily vulnerable to employment precarity. Her project will provide an empirical investigation – conducted from the embodied standpoints of precariously housed youth – of the policy and institutional factors which enable/constrain their edu-cational participation. This research seeks to address young people’s fundamental hu-man rights to housing, education and work through an analysis of the systemic and structural barriers youth face across these intersecting domains.

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.