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Professor Newman awarded Canada Research Chair to examine Indigenous rights

College of Law researcher and professor Dwight Newman has been awarded a Canada Research Chair (CRC) to further his work in balancing Indigenous rights with responsible resource development.

Newman studies Indigenous rights within the context of Canadian and international law, providing insights to guide Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to mutual agreement. His research has helped bolster numerous legal arguments and has been quoted in dozens of judgments, including three Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

“We’re trying to understand how courts, policy makers and all stakeholders can work together to create a framework that enables responsible resource development while respecting Indigenous rights,” he said. “Working together, we can find innovative solutions that respect the rights of Indigenous communities while finding win-win outcomes for all.”

Newman is awarded $100,000 per year over five years from his Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law.

U of S geoscientist Ingrid Pickering was awarded $200,000 per year over seven years from her Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Environmental Science, as well as $195,000 in associated Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) equipment funding. Prior to this award, Pickering held a Tier 2 CRC.

Environmental toxicologist John Giesy was also awarded $200,000 per year over seven years from his Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Environmental Toxicology. His research will focus on dynamics and effects of novel chemicals in the environment.

“This $3.5-million investment and associated CFI funding recognizes the achievements of one of our outstanding researchers in synchrotron and environmental sciences and one of our rising stars in the area of Aboriginal rights,” said U of S Vice-President Research Karen Chad. “Knowledge from their innovative research will guide decisions for fair and responsible resource development that carefully considers the health of both people and the environment.”

Funds from CRCs are used for the researchers’ salaries and for operating their research programs. The chairs also leverage substantial funding from other sources such as operating funds from the Saskatchewan government and the U of S. These funds in turn provide training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Greg Rickford, federal Minister of State for Science and Technology, made the announcement of the new Canada Research Chairs today at the University of Calgary.

“Our government remains committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best researchers, creating jobs and strengthening our economy,” Rickford said. “Through programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, we are supporting cutting-edge research at Canadian universities and fostering innovation by helping researchers bring their ideas to the marketplace, to benefit Canadians and improve our quality of life.”

In total, the federal government will provide $108.9 million for 135 newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 41 institutions across the country, as well as $6.4 million in associated CFI funding.