Hilary is pursuing an MSc in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Working under Dr. Nicolas Brunet, Hilary’s current research explores the role of environmental researchers in land-based learning for Inuit youth in Arctic Canada. Her thesis work seeks to advance pathways for Inuit youth to develop scientific literacy and engage in science literacy activities that complement local and traditional ecological knowledge. Hilary’s research will take her to Nunavut, Canada, where she will conduct her field work.
Hilary completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo, with a minor in Political Science. She also earned a certificate in Interdisciplinary Indigenous Learning at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and later returned to Shingwauk as a teaching assistant. To complement her academic experience, Hilary has held internships with Project Ploughshares in Waterloo, Ontario, and One4Another International in Uganda. In addition to her current research, Hilary is interested in the study of poverty reduction, food security, land tenure, and rural community development.