On Monday afternoon, the David Suzuki Foundation announced that UVic graduate Nicole Davies will be the recipient of a David Suzuki Fellowship.
Davies is one of three students in Canada to receive the one-year, $50 000 award. The fellowship funds scholars who will study climate change solutions over the 2018-2019 school year.
“We must develop new generations of scientists who not only excel in laboratories and in the field, but also tell stories and communicate effectively to engage masses of people in the global shift toward a clean energy economy,” said foundation co-founder, scientist, and activist David Suzuki in a press release.
Davies has a master’s degree from UVic in Indigenous governance, with a specific focus on land-based knowledge revitalization, ecological restoration, plant medicine, and Indigenous queer ecologies.
Over the course of the fellowship, Davies will study the impacts of Indigenous approaches to food sovereignty and ecological restoration, as well as the obstacles communities must overcome in order to revive their traditions.