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Thohahoken Michael Doxtater announced as the Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices

Micheal DoxtaterThe Departments of Global Development Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Culture are happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Doxtater as the Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices.

Dr. Doxtater is an award-winning documentarian and scholar of international stature. A member of the Haudenosaunee Nation, and fluent in Kanyen'keha (Mohawk), Dr. Doxtater has both a deeply-rooted understanding of traditional oral knowledge and a clearly articulated vision for the future of lndigenous Studies at Queen's. Involved in grassroots organizing around environmental protection, he is highly regarded as an art practitioner, community activist, educator, strategic planner, and administrator. He possesses extensive professional and scholarly experience in addition to his status as a healer and mediator within his own communities.


The university's reputation is part of what attracted Dr. Doxtater to Queen’s.

“When I opened the email and saw it was a posting at Queen's University...It's one of those universities that has a certain place in the higher learning sphere. It is a first-class university,” he says.

His ambition is to develop a Centre of Excellence Dedicated to Aboriginal Recovery (CEDAR) that would place Queen's at the forefront in the growing field of applied, land-based pedagogies.

“Having Queen's be the platform for this initiative makes sense because of the pilot project’s orientation, which is working with the Iroquois community,” he adds. “With their traditional territory stretching from the Montréal area to the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, we are geographically in the middle.”

In his free time, Dr. Doxtater stays in shape through visits to the gym, daily runs, and Wasáse – a type of tai chi based on Native dance forms. He is working on selling a screenplay he wrote, and plays guitar.

The QNS program was established in 1985. Since then, more than 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

To learn more about the Queen's National Scholar program, click here.


Devoneish Aransevia awarded the Robert Sutherland Prize at convocation

The Robert Sutherland Prize is presented annually to a graduating and self-defined student of colour who has shown leadership and initiative at Queen's University, most specifically in the area of anti-racism and anti-oppression in the aim of crating a more inclusive campus climate.

This year's recipient of the Robert Sutherland Prizes was awarded to Dev Aransevia.  Dev is a Global Development Studies graduate in the Class of 2017.

As a co-chair of the Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI), Dev has worked tirelessly to examine the complex and sensitive issue of racism at Queen's.  In every one of the 2-3 weekly meetings, Dev presented a zeal for positive change on campus and went above and beyond the call of duty, meeting with administration, student leaders, and students alike to help assemble a plan to make Queen's more inclusive.

Dev's commitment to anti-oppression work reaches beyond PICRDI as well.  As a member of the Queen's Black Academic Society and the African Caribbean Student Association, she has been an active part of discussions around every day and systemic barriers against Queen's students of colour, particularly in the context of black students and black academic success.  She has done all of this, with unwavering perseverance, while also acting as the Head Manger at Studio Q, volunteering at the Vogue Charity Fashion Show, and being a student.

Dev has showcased exactly the skills and qualities that a Robert Sutherland Prize recipient does and we are honoured to present this award to her as a token of our appreciation to her steadfast commitment to making Queen's University a better place.






Laura Myers (DEVS MA Candidate) won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize

Laura MyersLaura Myers, DEVS MA Candidate won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize, which is awarded annually to the best original essay by a student in the area of international development studies.

The Prize includes $1,000 cash and consideration of the essay in the regular editorial process of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS). 

Laura presented her paper entitled "Liberal Multiculturalism and Its Effects on Indigenous Peoples" on Friday June 2, 2017 as part of the Colonizing and Decolonizing Development in Canada and Abroad session.

Dr. David McDonald participates in Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University

Dr. David McDonald will participate in the Socialist Studies Society panel:  "GOING PUBLIC:  EMERGING ALTERNATIVES TO PRIVATIZATION IN CANADA" at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted by Ryerson University on Friday June 2nd.  Dr. McDonald's presentation is entitled "Building a Pro-Public Movement in Canada”.




Dr. Marc Epprecht presenting at the Canadian Assocation of African Studies Conference at Ryerson University

2017 Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference

Friday June 2, 13:30-15:00 | Room: TRSM 3-129, Ryerson University

Panel:  Changing Environments, Gender, and Sexuality

Presenter/Chair:  Marc Epprecht, Queen’s University

Title:  Sexual rights = environmental rights: an emerging strategy for African lgbtiq


Great progress around the world has been made to achieve protection for people from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE) since activists first coined the slogan “gay rights are human rights,” notwithstanding continuing setbacks and brutalities against lgbtiq people. Even the concept of “gay rights” now strikes many as anachronistic and unhelpful. Among African activists today, a wide consensus holds that struggles for SOGIE rights must be embedded in more general human rights struggles, notably, for gender equality, for basic economic, health and food security, or against states’ anti-democratic tendencies like corruption and authoritarian rule. Green or environmental issues are also beginning to be acknowledged as a strategic option to empower sexual minorities. In this paper, I would like to explore the potential for SOGIE rights activists to incorporate a green, even “de-growth” perspective into their work, hence to position themselves to play a leadership role in a movement that could bring benefits to the majority population in tandem with the expansion of economic opportunities and human rights for sexual minorities.




Stephanie Case (DEVS 2004): Time to Try the Crazy and Impossible TEDxLausanneWomen

Time to Try the Crazy and Impossible | Stephanie Case | TEDxLausanneWomen

Stephanie Case (DEVS 2004) spoke at the TEDxLausanneWomen on Thursday, 27th of October 2016 within the Opéra de Lausanne before a live audience.

To listen to her inspiring TEDtalk, please go to




Devs 305 Cuban Culture and Society course participants enjoy a night of modern dance at Havana’s Gran Teatro

DEVS 305 Cuban Culture and Society course participants enjoy a night of modern dance at Havana’s Gran Teatro.  They were accompanied by Napu Boychuk, the Canadian dancer who is recuperating from a swimming accident in Havana.  Information about Napu and his medical recovery fund is available here:   

DEVS 305 Cuban Culture and Society will be offered again in 2018.  The Havana portion of the course will take place May 5 to May 21, 2018.  Course application will be available on the DEVS website in September 2017.  

Tara McDonald awarded the Eileen Krieger Award

Tara McDolad

The Department of Global Development Studies is happy to announce that Tara McDonald was the recipient of the 2016-2017 Eileen Krieger award. 

Established in the spring of 2003, the award is in memory of Eileen Krieger, who was not only an exceptional student of the Global Development Studies program, but also conveyed an extraordinarily positive and enthusiastic manner in all of her endeavours.  The Eileen Krieger Award provides recognition to a graduating student of Global Development Studies who is both strong academically and partakes in extracurricular activities with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

The peer who nominator Tara stated, "Tara is a dedicated, community-minded student that balances extracurricular activities, work, and academics with ease. To me, Tara, for lack of better words, just gets it. She questions everything, and uses her knowledge to teach and inspire those around her. I think in order to succeed in Global Development Studies you have to actually put what you learn into practice. Education should not be a book sitting on a shelf; it has to be something you carry with you everyday. Tara has taken everything she has learned in our department and has implemented it to make tangible change around campus, something not many students have the courage to do".



Tara McDonald Receives Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

Tara McDonald​DEVS 4th-year student Tara McDonald is one of this year’s recipients of the The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award. The Award and induction in the Tricolour Society is the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities.

Ms. McDonald created the Queen’s Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign for mental health. She is a leader who empowers others and never gives up when advocating for equity and social change.

In her second year at Queen’s, Ms. McDonald and fellow DEVS student Madeline Turner approached the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) about founding Queen’s Elephant in the Room (EITR), which is the first youth chapter of Mood Disorders Society of Canada and is dedicated to using creative methods to eliminate stigma associated with mental health and mental illness. Lucy Mackrell, BA (Hons) '15, MA '16, who worked for ASUS at the time, made our vision a sustainable reality by inducting the committee into the Society and securing an annual budget dedicated to EITR. Three years after being founded, EITR has provided anti-stigma and suicide prevention training to nearly 100 people including student leaders, teaching assistants, and instructors. Upon completing training, each individual is given a small blue elephant to show to students and staff that their office is a stigma-free environment. 

 “I’m incredibly proud to belong to a department at Queen’s that successfully produces students every year that work together collaboratively to build a better Queen’s campus,” says Ms. McDonald. “It is an honour to be inducted into the Tricolour society, but it is an honour that I share with the DEVS department, as well as every student, staff, and faculty member who is working to improve inclusivity and equity at Queen’s.

Jacqueline O'Rourke Awarded 2017 Summer Research Fellowship

Jacqueline O'Rourke Photo​Jacqueline O'Rourke was selected to receive a 2017 Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF).

Project Title:  Empowering sexual minority groups in Uganda through a green, de-growth perspective 

Project Description:  Throughout the course of this research project, I will be addressing the following question, how can the green movement lead to greater economic opportunities and human rights for the LGBTQ community in Uganda? To achieve this, I will focus my research through Degrowth theory, and examine whether alternative native imaginaries can shape the future of development. Moreover, I will be working alongside Solomon Kapere, an owner of a farm that serves as a sanctuary for those in the LGBTQ community that have been ostracized from the rest of society due to their sexual orientation. His farm also serves as a successful example of the transition to a green economy. Using an ethnographic approach and the method of triangulation (using multiple methods of analysis to complement each other), in Uganda I will be working alongside and conducting key informant interviews with various stakeholders, such as local organizations and NGOs in the community.