Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism

This award supports graduate studies that explore and support human rights or multicultural questions in Canada. Graduate students attending an Alberta public post-secondary institution whose studies will contribute to the advancement of human rights and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.

The award is funded through an endowment by the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund and is administered jointly by the Alberta Human Rights Commission and Alberta Advanced Education. 


The intent of the scholarship is:

  • To encourage graduate studies that will create value for Albertans by promoting informed thinking about Canadian human rights, cultural diversity, and multiculturalism.
  • To support the pursuit of studies in Canadian human rights, cultural diversity, and multiculturalism, and build capacity to undertake human rights or multicultural work in Canada.

There are two awards. The Master's level award is $10,000 and the Doctoral level award is $15,000. The Master's level award honours one of Alberta's human rights champions and is known as the Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship. For more information about this award or to print an application visit Student Aid Alberta

Application deadline is February 1.

Recipient Spotlight


Sherri Tanchak's doctoral research will focus on the recovery experiences of social workers who have endured workplace bullying in their professional employment. Her study will include an exploration of how societal beliefs about gender have influenced the onset and maintenance of workplace bullying in human service organizations. The findings will inform clinical interventions, social work professional policies and social work education and training.  

Christa Sato will examine the pathways that enable underrepresented learners within an identified cohort to successfully complete university.  Her master's research will focus on second-generation immigrant university learners in Alberta. This study will increase understanding that supports removal of barriers that limit participation and completion in advanced learning. Ms. Sato is the recipient of the Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship. 


Kelsie Acton's doctoral project examines how integrated dancers (dancers with and without disability who create together) understand disability and if the dancers' understandings are communicated to their audiences through dance. The research will also explore if integrated dance art changes the audience's misunderstanding of disability.

Lianne Lee's Master research will examine effective ways to improve social justice-based service-learning partnerships (a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service). She will explore the perceived impact of this type of collaboration between faculties of education and community partners. Ms. Lee is the recipient of the 2014 Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship.


Camille Dubé's doctoral research will investigate the social participation experiences of children and youth with disabilities. By seeking out the perspectives of children and youth with disabilities firsthand, Ms. Dubé's research will assist policy makers, service providers and educators in deciding how resources are managed, resulting in responsible planning and inclusive program development.

Jaqueline Victoriano Amorim Webb will explore the experiences of language brokering as identified by child language brokers, their parents and professionals. Language brokering is the practice of informal interpretation and translation, often undertaken by the children of non-English proficient immigrant families. This research will assist policy makers, service providers and educators in providing services for immigrant families. Ms. Webb is the recipient of the Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship.


Adam Carlson will examine whether public policies that encourage private tolerance may defer official responsibility and encourage a societal tolerance of injustice. His doctoral research will provide policy makers with an understanding of the contradictions within contemporary public policy which function to both include and exclude Canadians from equal democratic participation.

Rebecca Taylor will explore with street involved youth whether the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act (PSECA) perpetuates and further marginalizes them. Her master's research will assist policy makers and service providers to better understand practices and procedures that impact exiting out of the sex trade for youth. Ms. Taylor is the first recipient of the Pardeep Singh Gundara Memorial Scholarship.


Katrina Milaney's doctoral research will explore how structural barriers and discriminatory practices can further marginalize incarcerated women. This study will assist policy makers and those working in the justice system in their decision making and practice and improve opportunities for inmates.

Lindsay Eales will undertake a participatory action research project in adaptive physical activity.  Her research will increase understanding about how the integration process impacts Albertans with and without disabilities.


Jasmine Thomas's doctoral research will explore the type of employment assistance immigrants need to gain meaningful employment. This study will help policy makers make decisions about the effectiveness of programs supporting immigrants to secure employment opportunities that match their experience.

Ruksana Rashid will study the resiliency of immigrant women and the factors that help or hinder them to adjust to their new lives in Canada. Her work will help human service providers to better assist immigrant women to make healthy adjustment to their new circumstances.


Amrita Roy's doctoral research will explore the determinants of maternal depression and its intersection with intimate partner violence among pregnant Aboriginal women, as well as the subsequent impact on the health of their infants. This study will help health practitioners and policy makers to better respond to peri-natal needs of this target population.

Inés Sametband in a master's of counselling psychology program, will study resolution of misunderstandings in the dialogue between counselors and clients who are involved in cross-cultural interactions. Her work will help those involved in counseling to provide better support and therapeutic interventions across cultures.


Margaret Dobson's doctoral research will explore the role that culture plays in the transition and success of Aboriginal students in post-secondary education. This study will help instructors and students understand the role cultures play in developing effective learning processes.

David Scott is completing his master of education at the University of Alberta. He is in the process of studying the challenges and opportunities that Alberta teachers face as they integrate multiple perspectives of history in the telling of Canada's stories of origin, its histories, and the movements of its people. The insights gained from this study will assist teachers' ongoing efforts to provide more holistic and inclusive historical views.


Carla Johnson's doctoral studies will help improve the education achievement of school age immigrants who are learning English. She will identify the amount of English vocabulary that is required for students in kindergarten to grade six so that teachers have better tools for helping their students with their language learning.


Kristopher Wells is a doctoral scholar whose teaching and research focuses on creating safe, caring and inclusive classrooms, schools, and communities for sexual minority students and teachers. His research findings will benefit kindergarten to grade 12 school systems and their stakeholders. Wells is also involved in inclusive professional development training and policy development with Alberta Teachers' Association and the Edmonton Police Service.


Marlene Mulder's research on how the personal strengths of immigrants help them to settle and adjust to life in Canada will benefit both service providers and policy makers. Mulder's doctoral studies provide insight into the development of strategies that will support the successful integration of immigrants.

Revised: January 26, 2015



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