About the Internship
The Dartmouth-McGill partnered internship is a continuously-evolving opportunity that offers new and exciting insights into Arctic research in a structured setting. Students have the opportunity to contribute to an Arctic science study, regardless of background or experience, with researchers at Dartmouth College and McGill University in Canada.
The Current Project
Stories from Indigenous communities worldwide illustrate the centrality of water to Indigenous wellbeing and culture. "For Indigenous Peoples, water provides lifeways, subsistence, and has undeniable spiritual significance," described Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in an end-of-mission statement. This project seeks to demonstrate how Indigenous youth's knowledge, creativity, and innovation can play a vital role in responding to water justice and adverse mental health outcomes.
At this stage of the project, the internship would focus on researching Arctic Indigenous languages and ontologies in relation to water and how they manifest in Indigenous conceptualisations of justice, Indigenous law and forms of governance. Arctic Indigenous languages and language renaissances are powerful tools of resilience, justice, identity, self-determination, and of healing intergenerational trauma. During the internship, the student would research Indigenous languages and ontologies of the Arctic, and begin to gather words and concepts from those languages related to water. Through this effort, we will collaboratively work to develop a "dictionary" of water, water justice, and water governance terms from Arctic Indigenous languages. The internship will aim to share the findings of this work through a peer-reviewed academic journal article as well as other publications or presentations of interest to the project and internship.