Our Students


Bridget Graham
Honours in Environment, Sustainability and Society, and Canadian Studies (2015)

Bridget Graham grew up in the small rural community of Beachburg, Ontario. In the fall of 2011, she moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University. In her second year of study she decided to pursue a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Environment, Sustainability and Society and Canadian Studies. She graduated with her degree in May 2015, after completing two honours projects. Throughout her degree she studied in Halifax, Nova Scotia Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Pagnirtung, Nunavut.

After having the opportunity to do some travel in high school, Bridget became increasingly interested in the story of her own country. After travelling to the Arctic at age 18 with an organization called Students on Ice, Bridget’s passion for the environment and the Canadian landscape was deepened. Her passion and studies brought her back to the Arctic a few years later when she participated in the University of Manitoba Pagnirtung Bush School Program where she lived in a tent on the Arctic tundra for a month in an Inuit community. She took daily Inuktitut lessons, and learned from Inuit elders in the community and on the land. This was one of the first instances where Bridget felt challenged to confront some of the more troubling parts of Canada’s past. In order to do so she studied the Troubles in Northern Ireland and spent two years learning about ideas of peace and reconciliation. Although she was studying the model used in Northern Ireland, she was easily able to make connections with situations in Canada. Her academic research has lead her to be very interested in the Indigenous peoples and languages in the territory now known as Canada. This interest has and continues to shape the majority of her research, although she has more recently become very interested with the idea of food history in Canada.

Bridget is now completing her Master of Arts degree in Atlantic Canadian History under the supervision of Dr. Jerry Bannister. Her thesis project is an in depth examination of diaries of nineteenth century Baptist missionary Silas Tertius Rand. Bridget hopes to purdue a career in the Archival or Educational sector once she finishes her degree.


Jacqueline Smith
BA in French and History, with a Minor in Canadian Studies (2016)        

Jacqueline Smith is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and The Pas, Manitoba located in Treaty 5 territory. After completing the first year of her undergraduate degree at the University College of the North in her hometown, she transferred to Dalhousie University in the fall of 2012. During her second year at Dalhousie, she studied abroad in Dijon, France for 8 months. In addition to her French language courses, she also spent time learning about different cultures and countries from all of the international students. It was during this time that she realized how little she knew about her own country, and her own Indigenous history. Upon her return to Canada, she declared her degree with a double major in French and History, and a minor in Canadian Studies.

Jacqueline’s degree allowed her to study Canada in a variety of ways including through Canadian history, Canadian literature, and the examination of contemporary and historical Indigenous issues. Her studies once again provided her with the opportunity to travel and during the summer of 2015, she traveled to Baffin Island for five weeks. Jacqueline lived and studied in the hamlet of Pangnirtung, Nunavut as part of the Pangnirtung Bush School Program offered through the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba. The program provided her with the opportunity to engage in land-based learning as well as learn Inuit history through the tradition of oral history.

During her undergrad, Jacqueline also held many executive positions in societies including President of the Dalhousie Canadian Studies Society, Co-President of the Dalhousie Native Student Association (DNSA), and Vice-President of the Northern Ireland Dialogue for Peace Society. These extracurricular activities were extremely rewarding as they allowed her to engage with students and faculty and create a dialogue on important issues such as reconciliation in Canada. In April 2015, Jacqueline helped organize an academic lecture entitled Decolonizing the Academy, presented by invited guest speaker Dr. Allan Downey from McGill University, co-hosted by the Dalhousie Canadian Studies Society and DNSA.

Jacqueline is now completing her Master of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan under the supervision of Dr. Winona Wheeler. Her thesis project is an in-depth look at the connection between residential schools in Manitoba and the province’s current high rates of Indigenous children in foster care.


Allison Froese Stoddard
Winner of the Halifax Overseas Club Essay Prize (2012)


This prestigious essay prize of $4000.00 recognizes the very best work of students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. By addressing the manner in which policies toward multiculturalism have shaped the evolution of Canadian identity, Allison's essay provides insights into the historical context of decisions as well as the relevance of this topic for other post-colonial settings (including many other member countries of the British Commonwealth.)

On behalf of the Canadian Studies program, we congratulate you on this wonderful academic achievement