Retired Royal Canadian Navy sailor, trained journalist, creative writer, and PhD candidate.

Samantha D. Stevens is a British/Canadian settler PhD candidate in collaborative Canadian studies with a Specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University.

Her current work respectfully engages with Indigenous communities and explores treaty stories in relation to Restoule vs Canada (Attorney General), more commonly known as the Robinson-Huron Treaty Annuity Lawsuit. Samantha’s research is under the advice and guidance of some of the leading settler studies, literary, and Indigenous legal scholars in Canada and is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her long-term goals as a settler interdisciplinary researcher is to make space for Indigenous voices in order to disrupt the ongoing processes and effects of colonization.

Samantha is currently working on her dissertation and plans to defend by April 2025.


“It’s enough”: Embracing our core

During the pandemic I think we, as a society, truly learned how overworked, burnt out, and overstimulated we really are. Though it differed for everyone, for a time the pause on our daily hustles revealed a world of quiet, a world of thoughtful interactions. However, as the work pace has picked up again, I have…

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Planning, Predictions, and Fears: The Step into Motherhood

When I found out that I was pregnant back in August 2022, I immediately Googled how other PhD candidates had survived writing a dissertation and going through pregnancy at the same time. There was generally lots of really rosy perspectives about the strength of women, leaning on social networks, and “I succeeded and so can…

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