Kahtehrón:ni Iris Stacey recipient of McGill University’s Vanier Scholarship

Kahtehrón:ni Iris Stacey recipient of McGill University’s Vanier Scholarship

The Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) is proud to announce that Kahtehrón:ni Iris Stacey, has been selected to receive the prestigious Vanier Scholarship from McGill University. Launched in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students, the Vanier Scholarship program is valued at $50,000 per year for three years of doctoral studies, and recognizes students who demonstrate excellent leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, or health-related fields. The Vanier program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Stacey has been working in the position of Kanien’kehá:ka Curriculum Consultant at the KEC since September 2015. She received her Masters Degree in Indigenous Languages Revitalization from the University of Victoria in 2016 while maintaining her role at the KEC. Stacey is currently pursuing her PhD at McGill in Integrated Studies in Education and will continue to be part of the KEC Curriculum Team to contribute to the innovative developments relating to the KEC Tsi Niionkwarihò:ten Program.

For her PhD research, Stacey will be investigating approaches for adult language learners in achieving mastery proficiency through an exploration and Indigenization of second language pedagogies and will be exploring various learning approaches alongside a group of advanced second language speakers to collaboratively develop a path for other advanced language learners to follow.

Stacey was very surprised to be nominated for the scholarship by McGill. “Once I accepted the nomination, it was a very demanding process that went through many evaluative stages,” states Stacey. “Because the Vanier program is extremely competitive, I was stunned when I heard I was chosen for the award. Balancing my studies, family responsibilities and work has been really challenging so it was a great feeling to be recognized for all the hard work I've done over the years."

Robin Delaronde, Director of Education sees first hand the efforts put forth by Stacey in her work to strengthen the Kanien’kéha language. “Working with Kahtehrón:ni on a daily basis, it is evident that her dedication and perseverance towards her work is for community and the nation. The recognition she has received with this prestigious scholarship is well deserved and we wish her all the best as she continues to pursue her studies, work, and to support her family,” states Delaronde. “I am certain I speak on behalf of all our employees of the Kahnawà:ke Education Center in expressing our congratulations to our colleague, Kahtehrón:ni.”
For more information, contact:
Alana Atwin
Communications Officer
Tel: 450-632-8770