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An image from Olivia Abram (left) and Leah Alfred-Olmedo’s winning video.

USask graduate student wins prize in SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

Olivia Abram and her collaborator were Final Five winners in the national contest


A video co-created by University of Saskatchewan (USask) Department of English PhD candidate Olivia Abram is one of five winners of a national research storytelling competition.

Abram and Leah Alfred-Olmedo of the University of British Columbia collaborated on the video for the 2024 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Storytellers Challenge. They presented their story in front of a live audience and jury at a conference in Saskatoon in May and were named Final Five winners.

Abram and Alfred-Olmedo’s presentation discussed the systemic incompatibility of academia and collaboration and called for creating opportunities for more meaningful collaboration in the Indigenous literary arts and research in general.

Abram is a settler doctoral candidate whose research focuses on practices and pedagogies of ethical reading, viewing and listening practices in relation to engagement with Indigenous literatures.

View the award-winning presentation below.

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