Dr. Jessica Place receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 01, 2015

As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Environment, Dr. Jessica Place is being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Place on her outstanding achievements. 

Until recently, spouses living on First Nation reserves in Canada did not have access to legal recourse when dealing with their family homes following the dissolution of their relationships.

Dr. Jessica Place’s important dissertation, Law, property and power: A critical legal geography of matrimonial real property on reserve, uncovers concepts of matrimonial property in First Nations and paves the way for much-needed rethinking on Indigenous reconciliation, treaty negotiations and Indigenous geographies and the law.

As the top graduate student this year from the Faculty of Environment, she also received a number of prestigious awards, including a Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, a President’s Scholarship and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC.

She has also been a Research Associate at the UNBC, where she also taught courses in Aboriginal Geography and Introduction to Nursing Research. She is currently the Regional Manager, Chronic Diseases Strategic Initiatives, Northern Health Authority.

She adds, “The collegial environment and superb academic resources at SFU were wonderful. Many thanks to my supervisor, Nick Blomley, for his excellent guidance, and to Geoff Mann as well, for his support.”

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