Travel Grant Series: Indigeneous Politics and Governance Studies in Canada

2011 Summer Travel Grant Summary
by Megumi Chibana
EWC Degree Fellow (Obuchi)
MA student in Political Science

I would like to express my gratitude to EWCA Hawaii Alumni Chapter and the East-West Center Alumni Association for their support that allowed me to participate in summer course at University of Victoria, Canada. With the Travel Grant, I was able to join in the collaborative seminar course offered by UHM Indigenous Politics program and University of Victoria Indigenous Governance program (IGOV).

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(EWC Degree Fellow Megumi Chibana (standing: first from left) with community members from the Cheam First Nation.)

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Report from the EWCA Okinawa Chapter

Shurijo Castle Park at Naha, Okinawa

1. Recruiting EWCA Okinawa Chapter members who will join the 2010 EWC/EWCA 50th anniversary Int. Conference in Honolulu, HI

It’s a custom for the members of the Okinawa Chapter to join the 2010 EWC/EWCA international conference every time. The 50th anniversary is a very important event, so it has been decided to call and get much more members to participate in the conference this time.

2. Scholarship Fundraising

The EWC alumni of the Okinawa Chapter planned to set up its own scholarship fund to send Okinawan people to the EWC and have collected a certain amount of money from the alumni up to today.

We understand that the center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010 and the Obuchi Scholarship which was founded by the joint work of the EWC and the Okinawa prefectural government in Japan celebrates its 10th anniversary in the same year. We would like to express our gratitude to the East West Center for its good support paid to Okinawan people. We’ve considered that it might be a good idea to donate that amount of money collected primarily for creating a scholarship fund to the East West Center to show our thankfulness for its great help to improve Okinawans’ academism and professionalism.

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