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GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD

RECOGNITION OF ACHIEVEMENT

GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD

Photo Credit : Jessican Lena Photography
Dr . Cindy Hanson , Associate Professor in Adult Education at the Faculty of Education , is a recipient of the 2016 Global Citizen Award given annually by the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation .
The award recognizes Saskatchewan people who make significant contributions to international development , cooperation , peace and justice . The other recipients of the award are Pete Klaus Gruber , Trudi Gunia and Armella Sontagg .
In announcing the award recipients , the Council said , “ Cindy Hanson comes from rural , working class Saskatchewan roots . Inspired by family connections to co-operatives and community involvement , she embraced a lifelong commitment to activism .”
When asked what global citizenship means to her , Hanson said ; “ Global citizenship is multi-faceted : taking care of each other , sharing with each other , and being mindful of the natural world . It also means that I have a responsibility to others and to the world around me to be the best activist , mother , educator , and friend I can be , in my work for a just , peaceful and sustainable world .”
In the 1980 ’ s , Hanson was involved in Latin American solidarity work and feminism . Her activism has extended into Indigenous rights ( see link below ).
Hanson has taught Native Studies , worked at the House of Commons and with several women ’ s organizations . She ’ s taught at post secondary institutions and contributed to dozens of international development projects , primarily as a gender , training and education advisor .
Her work spans four continents and 20 countries . At the University of Regina , her funded research includes work on intergenerational learning in Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and South America , gender and labour education . Her academic and research interests continue to support global learning .
“ Dr . Hanson , through her research , teaching and scholarship , lives her commitment to justice and activism ,” says Dr . Jennifer Tupper , Dean of the Faculty of Education .
Recently , Hanson co-authored the book “ Weaving Stories Between Generations ” with Heather Fox Griffith and Romina Bedogni ( U of R , Faculty of Education doctoral candidates ). The work is the result of their research focussing on Mapuche women in Southern Chile .
Hanson was presented with the Global Citizen Award February 9 in Regina . In the past 25 years , more than 100 people and organizations have received the award , including many with connections to the University of Regina .
From University of Regina , Feature Stories By Costa Maragos
To read the online Q & A with Dr . Hanson and other recipients , visit http :// earthbeat . sk . ca / 2016 / 02 / 08 / q- a-with-the-2016-global-citizen-award-winners /
Dr . Cindy Hanson ( R ) holding the Global Citizen Award with doctoral candidate Heather Fox Griffith , who nominated Hanson for the award along with Dr . Sharon Wright ( not pictured ).
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lena Photography
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