VIU has the privilege of hosting the first Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. This opportunity was made possible jointly by a generous gift of $125,000 USD from the Jarislowsky Foundation, matching the commitment from the Fulbright Canada Foundation, and is funded for five years.

This prestigious position focuses on engaging VIU’s Aboriginal students in the research process and strengthening relationships between the University, First Nations, Metis, Inuit and the broader community. VIU has had the privilege of hosting two Vising Research Chairs, Dr. Roy Janisch and Dr. Daniel Boxberger. The next Visiting Research Chair will be announced shortly.

“We would like to thank both the Jarislowsky Foundation and Fulbright Canada for their generous support which has made it possible to establish this important Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. We would also like to recognize these organizations for their vision in creating this Chair at a time when reconciliation with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples is one of the critical challenges of our time. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission indicated that education will play a key role in creating pathways to reconciliation; through research focused on Aboriginal Studies, this new Chair will support that important work.”

-Dr. Ralph Nilson

President and Vice-Chancellor, Vancouver Island University

The first Visiting Researcher was Dr. Roy Janisch, Professor of Justice Studies from Pittsburg State University. His work focuses on restorative justice and Aboriginal communities. During his nine-month stay at VIU from September 2016 – September 2017, Dr. Janisch built on his research focusing on the rehabilitation of offenders through victim and community reconciliation.

More information about Dr. Janisch's work.

The second Visiting Researcher was Dr. Daniel Boxberger, Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University. His body of work investigates the role of the expert witness in Aboriginal land and resource claims. During his term at at VIU between September and December 2017, he continued his research by studying southwestern BC First Nations communities and how outside experts engage the community in preparing research for litigation. 

Fulbright Canada supports outstanding individuals in conducting research, lecturing, and taking part in academic programs across borders in order to create collaborative leadership for the global future. More information about Fulbright Canada and how to apply for a research chair position.

The Jarislowsky Foundation is based in Montreal and was founded by Canadian 

businessman and philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky in 1991. Since then, it has supported the establishment of 30 chairs in Canada in a number of fields, including education, medicine, and art.

More information about the Jarislowsky Foundation.

Application info for the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs program

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations that allow scholars to conduct research/lecture on subjects important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community.

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs: How to Apply


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