Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Congratulations to Shyra Barberstock who was featured in a Globe and Mail Podcast called “I’ll Go First.” In the Podcast, Shyra shares her entrepreneurial journey in co-founding the Okwaho Network with Rye Barberstock and launching the Indigenous Climate Hub. Here is the link to the Podcast - http://tgam.ca/illgofirst. (See S2 Episode 5).

Picture of Shyra Barberstock's podcast I'll Go First


Shyra Barberstock and Ryan “Rye” Barberstock, both PhD students in the Geography and Planning department, have some exciting news to share. The Barberstocks are cofounders of Okwaho Equal Source, a global Indigenous consulting boutique and design thinking firm. Okwaho, in partnership with Crown-Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), has just officially launched the “Indigenous Climate Hub,” a national online Indigenous climate change platform. This platform provides information and resources for Indigenous communities and provides an online space for sharing climate change stories from Indigenous perspectives. In addition, a documentary titled “A Different Type of Gathering: We are One. Hishuk’ish Tsawalk – Everything is One,” was recorded and produced by Geography PhD graduate Dr. Paul Chaput and the film can be viewed on the Indigenous Climate Hub website. You can read more about the Indigenous Climate Hub initiative here - https://bit.ly/2KLK9Uw. The Indigenous Climate Hub welcomes unsolicited blog submissions on Indigenous climate change stories. If you have any great stories to share or if you are interested in writing some blog articles, feel free to send them to admin@okwaho.com.

The Barberstocks are also excited to share that Okwaho Equal Source will be partnering with Queen’s University to design and deliver Indigenous women entrepreneurship programming and mentorship in the Kingston region. An article has been published in the Queen’s Gazette today (“Federal Funding for Women Entrepreneurs in Kingston”-https://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/federal-funding-women-entrepreneu...). Shyra Barberstock was interviewed by Global Newsat the announcement this morning and her interview will be on Global Newsthis evening at 6:00pm. In addition to Queen’s University, Okwaho Equal Source will also be working with other partners in the Ontario region to support women’s social enterprises (businesses with a social/environmental mission) and Indigenous women entrepreneurs. You can read an article regarding the initiative across Ontario in Liisbeth - https://bit.ly/2Z6iKp7.


Congratulations to Hannah Hunter (PhD candidate, GPPL) who has been informed that her paper was selected as the “2019 Best Student Paper Prize in the Masters Category” in the CAGONT 2019 student paper competition. Hannah’s paper is entitled: Things that gather, scatter and stick: how the “things” caught up in Dumpster Diving (un)become food through more-than-human encounters. Hannah will receive her certificate and award of $200 at the CAGONT AGM to be held on October 26th from 1-1:30 p.m. in Peter Clark Hall, University of Guelph.


Congratulations to Lauren Van Patter who has been accepted as a Visiting PhD student to the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge and will spend February & March 2020 there under the supervision of Dr. Maan Barua and in collaboration with the Vital Geographies Research Group. Lauren has also secured a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement to fund her visit.


The School of Graduate Studies hosted a “Create an Impact” Reception to celebrate graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who currently hold a research award from NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR (the Tri-Council Agencies) on February 13, 2019 in Mitchell Hall. This year, the Department of Geography and Planning had a total of 11 graduate students and one postdoctoral fellow in this category. The attached photo shows those individuals who were able to attend and from left to right they are: Christina Braybrook (M.Sc. candidate), Sarah McFadden (M.Sc. candidate), Jacqueline Hung (Ph.D. candidate), Dr. Paul Treitz (back row), Dr. Neal Scott (Associate Head, Geography Graduate Program), Dr. Leela Viswanathan (back row) (Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning), Sue Bazely (Ph.D. candidate), Dr. Fahim Quadir (back row) (Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies), Dr. Patricia Collins, Gabrielle Snow (back row) (M.PL. candidate), and Dr. Betsy Donald (Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Department of Geography and Planning faculty member). Congratulations to all of our Tri-council award winners!

Create an Impact Reception to celebrate Tri-council award winners!

Congratulations to our Tri-Council Award Winners shown here at the 2019 Create an Impact Reception in Mitchell Hall


Ryan Barberstock and Shyra Barberstock were invited by La Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (Association of Colombian Universities) from September 11–15, 2017 as keynote speakers for the Simposio Internacional de Emprendimiento Universitario (International Symposium on University Entrepreneurship). They gave keynote presentations on Indigenous entrepreneurship and social innovation in Bogotá, Colombia and Cali, Colombia to over one hundred delegates from academia, government, and the private sector. They also facilitated two workshops (designed as ‘talking circles’) on Indigenous entrepreneurship in Cajica, and Cali, Colombia.

Association of Colombian Universities

Association of Colombian Universities

Rye and Shyra delivering a keynote presentation in Bogotá, Colombia

Rye and Shyra delivering a keynote presentation in Bogotá, Colombia (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)

Workshop on Indigenous Entrepreneurship in Cajica, Colombia

Workshop participants from the workshop on Indigenous entrepreneurship in Cajica, Colombia (September 12, 2017)


The historical adventure beneath the church hall at St. Paul’s in Kingston (corner of Queen & Montreal Streets) which took place between April and September under the direction of Sue Bazely (PhD Geography student) and Paulina Marczak (MSc ‘19) was a huge success. Conducted by the Lower Burial Ground Restoration Society and funded by the City of Kingston Heritage Fund, this project was an interdisciplinary collaborative effort utilizing the skills of geographers, archaeologists, historians, geologists and geophysicists. Many students, faculty and staff from Queen’s (Geography and Planning, Classics, History, Art History, GeoSciences, School of Graduate Studies, Biomed & Psychology) and members of the broader community participated in the community archaeology and history project and were invaluable members of the research team. Paulina and Sue commend and thank their colleagues from the Department of Geography and Planning for their enthusiastic efforts – Nic England, Valerie Freemantle (MSc ‘19), Claudia Hirtenfelder, Mark Ouseley, Dana Stephenson, and Robin Westland who spent considerable time in awkward positions playing in the dirt or using arcane recording methods; Jess Peters (MSc ‘17) provided essential survey skills and equipment. It was also fun to bring together different parts of our department.

To learn more about the Lower Burial Ground please see http://lowerburialground.ca/ and for more on the project through various media coverage please see our May Grad Chat https://www.queensu.ca/sgs/archivedgrad-chat; Click here for the full article from the Kingston Whig-Standard, 2019-06-26. Click here for the article in the Queen’s Gazette, 2019-07-18. Click here for the television news broadcast from CKWS Global News, 2019-07-22. And the Campus Beat podcast on CFRC Radio https://podcast.cfrc.ca/2019/08/restoring-the-past-susanbazeley-on-kings...

Team members L-R: Claudia Hirtenfelder, Mark Ouseley, Sue Bazely and Nic England(Buitenhuis)

Team members L-R: Claudia Hirtenfelder, Mark Ouseley, Sue Bazely and Nic England(Buitenhuis)

Sue Bazely and Mark Ouseley mapping the old-fashioned way (Marczak)

Sue Bazely and Mark Ouseley mapping the old-fashioned way (Marczak)


Congratulations to Lauren Van Patter on receiving the inaugural SGS Award in Leadership, Innovation, and Community Engagement.


Carolyn DeLoyde (SURP alumna MPL ‘92) and current PhD Candidate will be on Grad Chat on April 2nd to discuss her research entitled "Quantifying ecosystem services to enhance the use of Natural Heritage Systems to respond to climate change." Carolyn's research is focused on developing responses to climate change within the context of land use planning using the potential of Ontario's Natural Heritage System (NHS) planning approach.


Geography doctoral student Sue Bazely recently attended the Queen’s University Faculty Author Reception, an annual event that celebrates Queen’s Faculty who have had complete books in print, published the previous calendar year. Sue published Charles F. Gibson Events of a Military Life in Kingston, which accompanied the exhibition on Gibson and other painters of 1830s Kingston held at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in 2018. Copies of the recently published books were on display during the event.

Sue Bazely with Principal Woolf

Sue Bazely with Principal Woolf

Tom Courchene with Sue Bazely

Tom Courchene, Inaugural Director of the School of Policy Studies, and Sue Bazely show their books


Jacqueline Hung giving a talk at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa

Geography doctoral student Jacqueline Hung recently gave a talk at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa as part of the Curiosity on Stage event series showcasing researchers and innovations in STEM fields. Jackie spoke about her research on terrestrial ecology and where it fits into the bigger climate warming picture.

 


Geography doctoral student Shyra Barberstock was featured in the Economic Development section of Say Magazine's January 2019 issue (pages 14-15)!  Shyra and her partner Rye Barberstock (Geography doctoral student), built and launched the Okwaho Network as a social network for Indigenous businesses in Canada and it has evolved into a global consultancy.