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PhD Candidate selected for 2021 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship

PhD Candidate, Marrissa Mathews, was selected as a participant for the 2021 Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship at McMaster’s Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

Sep 24, 2021

The Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship program is designed to support graduate students to work on a facet of a research project in digital scholarship. The program is a self-directed research residency where residents will engage with each other in bi-weekly meetings as well as with the Sherman Centre staff on their proposed projects for the residency.

Marrissa Mathews (she/her) is Omushkegowuk Cree from Treaty 9. She grew up in Kapuskasing in northeastern Ontario with familial ties to Weenusk First Nation and Moose Cree First Nation. Marrissa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science in the Comparative Public Policy stream. Currently, she holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship award and is working on her dissertation that focuses on urban Indigenous youth success and the effects of federal urban Indigenous youth policy in the Friendship Centre movement.

Their project for the Graduate Residency in Digital Scholarship is complementary to their dissertation work in that it is the development of a website that houses the research findings to support the knowledge mobilization stage of the work. A part of the dissertation is a comparative policy analysis of two federally funded urban Indigenous youth programs that emerged from the federal government’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS). The programs that are being examined are the Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centres (UMAYC) and the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) program. The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), the organization where Marrissa completed a research ethics process for this work, developed a research framework titled the USAI Framework which stands for utility, self-voicing, access and inter-relationality. A website that houses the research findings would support each of the aforementioned tenets which is important to her as an Indigenous researcher.