Dr. Andrew Martindale work with Indigenous Communities recognized with SSHRC Impact Award

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Martindale who has received the nationally prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Impact –  Connection Award 2023 for his scholarship in partnership with Indigenous communities. Dr. Martindale’s work focuses on issues that respond to historic and ongoing colonial processes beginning with the theft of Indigenous land and including the development of Indian Residential Schools.

Bestowed during a special parliament session once a year, the Connection Award ($50,000) recognizes a SSHRC-funded individual that promotes the exchange of research knowledge within and beyond the academic community. It is awarded to researchers whose initiatives have greatly influenced intellectual, cultural, social, and economic aspects of society through scholarship.

“My scholarship is a small part of the larger effort to describe the history of our country truthfully and to help those who were and continue to be disenfranchised by colonial violence and racism and who have been seeking redress. My work exists in partnership with and by permission of Indigenous communities. While I am grateful for this honour, these are the people who deserve the recognition more than I. Most of those are Indigenous people who would not qualify for SSHRC awards. I have asked the Spune’luxutth (Penelakut) Elders Committee to accept this award and use the funds in their efforts to support survivors of residential schools and in their search for missing children.”
-Dr. Andrew Martindale

For more on Dr. Martindale’s research please read the feature article published on the Faculty of Arts website.