Meet the Partnership Co-Leads

Meet the Partnership Co-Leads

The NEȾOLṈEW̱  ‘one mind, one people’ Partnership is co-led by Onowa McIvor (Indigenous Education, UVIC), and Peter Jacobs (Linguistics, SFU).

This collaborative research endeavor was initially conceived back when Peter and Onowa met as doctoral students at UBC in 2010.

In 2015, we first set out and connected with potential partners for this national Partnership project. The immediate support and interest gave us the encouragement to prepare the Letter of Intent, submitted in February 2016.

In June of that same year, the NEȾOLṈEW̱  ‘one mind, one people’ project was among 26 out of 81 applications invited to submit a full application by November 1, 2016.

What followed was a busy, yet productive summer; we connected with Partners and Collaborators during theme-based video-conference calls, as well as in person at the East and West Partners’ meetings at UN Blue Quills and Kahnawà:ke.

The final step in the application process was a SSHRC panel interview. We video-conferenced from Hawaii in late February 2017, where we and our partner Kathy Michel were attending the International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation.

The exciting call that we were successful in the final grant process came at the end of March 2017.

We feel humbled to be on this journey with the NEȾOLṈEW̱  ‘one mind, one people’ Partners and Collaborators.

Check back for progress updates from Year 1 of this Partnership and for resources and outcomes we have to share!


Chen kw’enmantumi, hiy hiy,

Onowa & Peter


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