Dr. Fabiana Li, Anthropology ($3,000)
The Right to Water and the Challenges of Climate Change in Southern Peru

Political debate and public policy relating to water and agriculture have historically excluded the voices of campesinos (peasant farmers). Dr. Li’s research aims to capture the experiences of Quechua farmers in Puno, Peru, through a series of interviews that explore their relationship with water and the various uses of water in agricultural, household and ritual activities. These interviews will form the basis of a short documentary film that will be shared with communities, local institutions and the broader public.

Dr. Nadine Bartlett, Education ($2,420)
Restraint and Seclusion in Manitoba’s Schools: A Violation of the Human Rights of Children with Disabilities

Dr. Bartlett conducted an anonymous online survey of parents of children and youth with disabilities about the use of restraint and seclusion in Manitoba’s schools. The survey was developed and disseminated through disability advocacy organizations in Manitoba with assistance from Inclusion Winnipeg. This project aimed to: provide a comprehensive picture of the use of restraint and seclusion with individuals with disabilities in Manitoba’s schools; identify positive, proactive alternatives to the use of restraint and seclusion; and provide recommendations for educational policy development.


Dr. Shepherd Steiner, School of Art ($5,000)
Lidwien van de Ven: Living On

Dr. Steiner worked with the journal Mosaic and the School of Art to feature the work of Dutch photographer Lidwien van de Ven, who documents human rights issues related to immigration and the refugee crisis in Europe. Her March 2017 exhibition and lecture at the University of Manitoba contributed to Steiner’s research on photography, ethics and rights.

Dr. Adele Perry, History ($3,000)
Water, Winnipeg and colonialism

Dr. Perry expanded her research on the history of Winnipeg, settler colonialism and drinking water, in solidarity with Indigenous and water activists. She contributed an essay to a collection of critical perspectives on Canada’s 150th birthday. She is also researching the relationship between the Greater Winnipeg Water District and the Cecilia Jeffrey residential school, which was located near the Winnipeg aqueduct’s intake from 1901 to 1929.

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