I am very honoured and appreciative to have received the 2019 SFU Anthropology Graduand and Usamah Ansari awards. I would first of all like to thank all of the faculty in the Sociology & Anthropology Department who have inspired and supported me during my Undergraduate Degree. My experience as an Anthropology student has been enhanced by the stimulating coursework and enlightening conversations that we have had along the way. I would like to take this time to say a special thank you to Dr. Pamela Stern. Dr. Stern, who I am now fortunate enough to call my Master’s senior supervisor, hired me as Research Assistant in my third year and encouraged me to pursue my academic passions. I would also like to thank my family, who have whole-heartedly had my back ever since I decided to attend post-secondary education as a mature student.
Anthropology has taught me to appreciate and delve into difference while at the same time to recognize human commonalities and experiences. It is in these blended spaces of uniqueness and similarity that my curiosity gets to run wild, and I am forever grateful for stumbling across an Ethnic Relations class my first year at Capilano University. After exploring the field through courses such as Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Gender and Society, I found myself most inspired by the work critically addressing social, cultural, and environmental injustices in Canada. Having gained and ruminated over this analytical framework during my time as an undergraduate student, I decided to pursue graduate work relating to Inuit Food Sovereignty. I was accepted in SFU’s Anthropology Master’s program in September 2018 and feel incredibly privileged that I am about to embark on fieldwork in the Arctic.
I would once again like to extend my thanks for all of the camaraderie and support I received from staff, faculty, and students alike.