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Scholarship Recipients


“Many thanks are due to the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship’s support of our project which works with Hul’qumi’num Elders and younger generations to connect and revitalize knowledge and practices related to lhuq’us.” — Jack Baker

The Fraser Basin Council congratulates Jack Baker, recipient of the 2019 Elizabeth Henry Scholarship

About Jack

Jack Baker was born and raised on Vancouver Island where he quickly developed a fascination with the surrounding environments and the changes taking place in them. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria (UVic) in 2016. He is currently completing a Master’s in Anthropology at UVic.

During his undergraduate degree, Jack worked in the Department of Anthropology’s Ethnographic Mapping Lab, developing various mapping projects focused on land and governance rights of Hul'qumi'num communities and their relation to ongoing conservation and resource development issues on South Eastern Vancouver Island. The creation of these maps and other online materials illuminated the pressing environmental and legal concerns of the communities he grew up beside and the ongoing work in these communities toward self governance and cultural revitalization.

About this Project

Hul’q’umi’num’ peoples in the Salish Sea have concerns about the environmental health of their lands and waters and a desire to establish a baseline of information about the status of culturally significant species in the Salish Sea. The culturally important edible marine seaweed lhuq’us (the Hul’q’umi’num’ language name for red laver pyropia spp.) is frequently identified by Elders as important. These species have achieved little systematic attention from federal and provincial regulatory agencies because they are neither economically significant as commercial species nor identified as vulnerable as “endangered species.”

This project engages community members in dialogue around reviving /revitalizing cultural practices around seaweed. The project draws on the methodologies of both anthropology and geography to ethnographically engage with knowledge holders on lhuq’us and the places it is found, and to use UAV survey methodology to map the extent and health of lhuq’us within Hul’q’umi’num’ peoples’ territories.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship is an annual award of $3,000 to a graduate student whose proposed research is based in British Columbia. Learn more about the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship, eligibility criteria and application process. 

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Elizabeth Henry Scholarship - 2017 & 2018 Fund Recipients

Dare Sholanke
Mapping Waste Governance in Relation to the Informal Recycling Sector posted on 2:58 PM, November 13, 2019
Ada Smith
Gitxaala Nation's Community Garden Program: A Case Study of Operationalizing Food Sovereignty posted on 6:39 PM, September 12, 2017
Kim-Ly Thompson
“We Monitor by Living Here”: The Gitga’at Environmental Knowledge Project posted on 6:38 PM, September 12, 2017


Elizabeth Henry Scholarship - 2016 Fund Recipients

Characterizing the impacts of residential wood burning on air quality in British Columbian communities posted on 3:26 PM, October 19, 2016
 ANDREA LYALL, PhD Candidate
Research: Indigenous perspective of the forests and how forest governance could become more culturally relevant posted on 3:09 PM, October 19, 2016
Identifying thermal refugia and their use by Chinook salmon in a temperature sensitive stream posted on 1:00 PM, October 19, 2016

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About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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