CHESTERVILLE — Chesterville’s Slowey household should hold some interesting conversation around the Yuletide dinner table, what with Dr. Gabriel and Mary Slowey’s daughter landing another academic feather in her cap.
York University Professor Gabrielle Slowey will join her parents on Boxing Day, her proud father recently told Nation Valley News, just as the Toronto resident prepares to assume a new role this academic term at an Ivy League school in New England.
Professor Slowey was recently awarded the inaugural Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies for 2016-2017 at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College, as recently reported by York’s yFile online news publication. In that capacity, she will work out of the Dickey Centre for Arctic Studies, starting next month for the duration of the winter term.
Raised in Chesterville, where she attended her first two years of high school at North Dundas, the professor otherwise serves as the director of York University’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, which hosts — among others things — a group specializing in Arctic research. Her own project “Canada on the Edge? Energy, Ecological Governance and Indigenous Peoples” has helped raise her currency among scholars in the field.
And that academic connection with the far north continues with her foray south of the border this winter. The Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary research, discussion and education in Arctic studies and is a founding member of the University of the Arctic, according to yFile, which quotes the professor as describing her selection to the new Dartmouth post as “a real honour.”
“We’re very proud of her abilities and success,” said Dr. Slowey, noting that his daughter has a particular specialty in aboriginal and federal relations. Her area of study has taken her to the far north, he said, adding she’s also a recognized friend of the Mikisew Cree First Nation of Fort Chip.
The doctor said he had “no idea” his daughter would pursue such a career while she attended high school in North Dundas and then Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville, Que. “We didn’t tell our kids what to do. We only gave them the roots, gave them the opportunities” to pursue what they wanted, he explained.
This article was edited to properly reflect the professor’s status as a friend of the Mikisew Crew First Nation.
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