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Student Kelly King, in the fourth year of BA, has been given the Mildred Blackadder/Zonta Club Award from the Ban Righ Foundation for Continuing Education. The bursary is given on the basis of financial need to an Indigenous student. Congratulations, Kelly!

Kelly with her daughter KayaKelly writes to introduce herself: I am in the 4th year of my studies, completing a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree in philosophy. I am a 23-year old queer Algonquin Anishnaabek woman, and registered member of the Timiskaming First Nation band, where I was born and raised. Most importantly, I am a mother to a wonderful 2-yr old, Kaya. In the Spring of 2019, I was awarded the Undergraduate Summer Student Research Fellowship (USSRF). My work was titled Unsettling Settler Colonialism: Indigenous resurgence and the politics of solidarity work. My goal moving forward is to attend Queens’ Philosophy Graduate Program, conducting research which builds on work I completed during the USSRF. My research interests are Indigenous metaphysics, critical phenomenology, and participatory social movement research in the context of Indigenous resurgence. Being a mother, student, and activist in the community keeps me busy. Thus, one of my greatest challenges includes keeping myself energized, grounded, and balanced. I am grateful to have found community in places such as the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre and the Ban Righ Centre. Their loving kindness, support, and nurturing space has been an immense contributor to my success and well-being. Meeqwetch. Nia:wen. Thank you.