"I've enjoyed the connections I've made through REM, and the various communities that I've become a part of here on the west coast (SFU, UBC, UVIC, UNBC)."

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Student Profile: Jonathan Boron

Resource and Environmental Management (REM) PhD student in the Faculty of Environment

February 03, 2021
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My name is Jonathan, I'm mixed Haudenosaunee and European ancestry (Gayohohó:no, Irish, Polish and German) from Six Nations of the Grand River. I moved to the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples 5 years ago to pursue my graduate education and have really enjoyed my time on the west coast.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I came to SFU and the west coast initially for my Masters in Resource and Environmental Management and ended up staying to do my PhD because of the questions I still have regarding my research and the positive supervisory support that I've received here in REM.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research explores how Indigenous communities engage with resource extraction projects, how these projects impact communities and their economies, and how communities make decisions regarding these types of projects - especially when it comes to community consent processes.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I've enjoyed the connections I've made through REM, and the various communities that I've become a part of here on the west coast (SFU, UBC, UVIC, UNBC).

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I think I’m very fortunate to have been supported by many different organizations as I continue my work, including REM, SFU, SSHRC and The Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN). The SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship (CGS-D) allows me to direct my full attention towards the research that I’m doing, providing me the time to read and write without financial constraint. The IMN-PN has also provided me with research grants that address the costs of conducting community-based research and I’m very grateful for the capacity bridging and connections they provide.

Contact Jonathan: jonathan_boron@sfu.ca