Freya Milne Memorial Award

Participants in the Visibility Project for former youth in care, a project led by Student Affiliate Sarah Wright Cardinal which was supported by the Freya Milne Memorial Award.
Participants in the Visibility Project for former youth in care, a project led by Student Affiliate Sarah Wright Cardinal which was supported by the Freya Milne Memorial Award.

The purpose of this fund is to provide support to graduate students whose research and/or practice contribute to youth well-being through a community event, workshop, or youth-led project. Preference will be given to students who have overcome adversity in their own lives to pursue their education at UVic.


The Freya Milne Memorial Award has supported the following research:

Language and identity formation: Bringing language into the daycare and young parent programs at a local alternative school

Emily Comeau; Linguistics, MA student in Language Revitalization (2016)

Emily engaged in face-to-face meetings with young moms on the integration of Indigenous language learning in child care settings. In discussions of language revitalization, pedagogy, and decolonization, it is important that language not only be used as an object of study, but that it also be situated in its cultural and geographical roots. In this way, language programming is not just learning about vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation but is also about the communities that speak these languages -- their stories, their practices, and their relationships. Emily situated her project in the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations.

Photovoice project with youth involved with La Confederacion de Nacionalidades Indigenas del Ecuador

Elizabeth (Betsy) Hagestedt; Anthropology, PhD Candidate in Visual Anthropology and Materiality (2015)

Betsy pursued research in Ecuador with La Confederaciόn de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE), which seeks to represent indigenous communities across Ecuador. Betsy asked indigenous youth involved with CONAIE about their perceptions of the representational practices of CONAIE, to explore the organization’s inclusivity in representing the many indigenous groups and communities from across the country. She used interviews and a photovoice project to allow the youth to communicate their experience through visual methods on a forum.

Collaborative Research Project: Grieving Online: Examining Street-Involved Youths' Social Networking After the Death of a Peer

Marion Selfridge; Social Dimensions of Health, PhD Candidate (2014)

Marion created a youth advisory group for her doctoral work. The group, all youth with experience of living on the streets and losing many important people in their lives, came together to help advise Marion about the questions she asked her participants and to think through what participants shared with her from their own lived experiences. Several of the advisory group were instrumental in creating heART space, a 1 month pop up collaborative art show around overdose.

Arts-based event for current and former youth in care

Sarah Wright Cardinal; Curriculum and Instruction, PhD Candidate

Sarah organized an arts-based event where former youth in care interacted with current youth in care to celebrate their resilience and make connections in a culturally welcoming space where artistic expression is encouraged. Resources and information helpful to youth in care were also made available. Held in May 2014, this event led up to Youth in Care Week. The focus on the arts provided a medium for participants to express themselves, primarily in regard to their experiences and identity as youth in care.