Indigenous Scholar-in-Community Fellowship

McMaster Indigenous Research Institute is excited to announce the inaugural Indigenous Scholar-in-Community Fellowship recipient – Adrianne Lickers-Xavier!

Adrianne believes in the power of relationships. Living most of her life in the Six Nations of the Grand River, Adrianne has lived and worked with her community and continues to do so through her connection to food, land, plants, and people.


The Indigenous Scholar-in-Community Fellowship provides the opportunity for research collaborations with Indigenous communities, partners, and organizations to produce and mobilize knowledge in ways that are mutually beneficial. We are very excited for the opportunity this award provides to both support a McMaster Indigenous researcher and foster community-based research relationships and priorities. 
This award funding is provided by the Office of the Provost.

Adrianne will work with Six Nations Health Services (SNHS) to develop a food-based program that can be grown within the Six Nations community. The project will explore the connection of food, language, land and culture. SNHS staff will work with Adrianne to create a series of information packets and/or videos to teach gardening skills and answer questions. The process will include a survey to assess existing food growing knowledge and will allow the community to voice their desires for food access and knowledge.  This project will be based on an integration of interview and discussion with staff and community members.

The Indigenous Scholar-in-Community Fellowship, an award valued at $25,000 provides the opportunity for community research collaborations.  Adrianne will commence the work this summer with the preparation and distribution of growing kits (garden box, seeds, soil, and information) to interested Six Nations community members.  Once the project is complete, Adrianne will be supported by the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute to develop a research proposal to further develop the project.