Hotıì ts'eeda summer student wins prestigious research grant

Student researcher Joni Tsatchia, who worked as a Hotıì ts'eeda summer student in 2018 and 2019, is one of 10 student researchers from the North to be awarded scholarships through the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).

Tsatchia and Karen Lepine, both Aurora College bachelor of education students, were awarded $5,000 grants supporting their research project entitled Deh Gah Gotine. The duoare looking to their cultural upbringing for inspiration to conduct community research into culture and identity.

Tsatchia’s work with Hotıì ts'eeda involved conducting primary research and supporting community events. She has strong community research skills, supported by her fluency in the Tłıc̨hǫ language. Joni’s strengths shone when working face-to-face with Elders and youth, conducting in-person interviews and focus groups on issues of community health and wellness. 

The 10 ACUNS awards recipients from the Yukon and NWT are studying at Aurora College, Yukon College and variety of southern universities. This is the largest number of recipients from the North.

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) advances knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North. The purpose of the CNST is to support scholars and scientists with northern experience and, at the same time, enhance the educational opportunities available for northern residents. The funds administered by the CNST come from a variety of donors committed to northern research.