Silvina Antunes

Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development

Silvina Antunes Silvina recently graduated with a B.A. Honours in International Development Studies and a minor in Political Science from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. During her time at the University of Guelph, she worked as a Human Rights Advocate at the University’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights while also volunteering with various community-based organizations such as Bracelet of Hope and Project Serve.

Silvina first became interested in Indigenous issues while on a semester abroad in Guatemala, two years ago. During this time, she had the opportunity to learn directly from local Indigenous leaders about the experiences and hardships they faced in their country. This encouraged her to investigate further into the experiences of Indigenous people in Canada. Since then, Silvina has made efforts to learn about Indigenous issues and approaches to mitigating them, most recently by attending the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples.

Silvina is very much looking forward to beginning the MDP program at the University of Winnipeg. She is excited to gain knowledge both in the classroom and first-hand through field placements with the intention of advocating for Indigenous rights, autonomy and equality.