The Trudeau Foundation has enriched my life with new networks, ideas and friendships. Through conferences and dialogues, I have shared ideas with artists, great thinkers, historic policy makers, and future leaders. My path is richer for having had these glimpses into the perspectives of great Canadian leaders, both present and future. I have been deeply changed by this interaction.
The effect is hard to describe, however a few examples might help. The political theory that guides my analysis of the interaction of indigenous people, the state and corporations is drawn from the work of Dr. James Tully, who served as a Trudeau Fellow. My research in the Canadian diamond mines has generated a collaborative investigation with an expressive artist, whom I met at a Trudeau Conference.
And finally, on a personal level, I have made a new and dear friend and collaborator who I know will be a guiding light for Canadian politics in the future. These are but a few examples of how I have been changed and enriched by my scholarship in this Foundation.
I think the Trudeau Foundation took a risk in funding me. I study mining engineering through the lens of anthropology, and was enrolled in Mining Engineering. This was not a straightforward doctoral study. My work would never have happened without the Foundation. I feel I have been able to contribute to an understanding of the engagement of indigenous people with mining corporations in a time of great change in Canada’s north. The Trudeau Foundation afforded me the time to take a break from a decade of activist research on the extractive industries, and I feel refreshed and prepared to re-engage myself in the issues with new perspectives, networks and ideas.