Indigenous Faculty

UBC has a number of Indigenous faculty members across disciplines at the Vancouver campus. These faculty members are actively involved in research, teaching, or administration, much of it with an Indigenous focus and substantial community engagement.

See also: Indigenous-focused programs at UBC

Faculty of Applied Science
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Forestry
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science
Peter A. Allard School of Law
UBC Library
Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

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Faculty of Applied Science

Dr Leanne M. Currie
Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Dr Currie is a researcher in the field of nursing and biomedical informatics. Her methods include using a sociotechnical approach to system development, including user interface design, workflow analysis, and use of data science and AI methods. She is a member of the Métis Nation of BC, and co-chair of the School of Nursing Indigenous Cultural Safety committee. She is co-lead of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical informatics in the School of Nursing.

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Dr Maggie Low
Assistant Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning

Dr Low, a status member of Wikwemikoong Unceded Territory, seeks to advance a better understanding of Indigenous sovereignty as it is expressed outside the Canadian courts, with a focus on the implications of these expressions for the well-being of Indigenous communities. She also seeks to showcase the strength and strategies of Indigenous Nations and communities as they assert authority over their territories and work towards a renewed relationship with non-Indigenous Canadians.

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Faculty of Arts

Dr Billy-Ray Belcourt
Assistant Professor, Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry

Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. A 2016 Rhodes Scholar, he holds a M.St. in Women’s Studies from Oxford University. A 2018 P.E. Trudeau Foundation Scholar, he holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta. He is the author of This Wound is a World (Frontenac House 2017), winner of the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field (House of Anansi Press 2019), and A History of My Brief Body (Hamish Hamilton 2020).

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Dr Candis Callison
Associate Professor, School of Journalism

Dr Callison received her Ph.D. from MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and a M.Sc. from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. Her research interests include media change, public engagement on complex science and environment issues, and how new media is shaping the efforts and practices of science journalists, scientists, and social movements. Candis is a member of the Tahltan Nation of northwestern B.C.

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Dr T. Patrick Carrabré
Director and Professor
School of Music & Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

T. Patrick (Pat) Carrabré has been active as a composer, administrator, educator, radio host and conductor. Among other pursuits, creating shared musical spaces with Indigenous and non-western musicians has been a significant theme of his work and since the dawn of the Truth and Reconciliation era, this has led to a number of works confronting issues of decolonization, frequently using deconstructionist techniques. His other interests have included the exploration of his Métis heritage, use of interactive electronics, and editorial work.

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Ms Dana Claxton
Head and Professor, Art History, Visual Art and Theory

Dana Claxton was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and her family reserve is Lakota First Nations – Wood Mountain, located in beautiful southwest Saskatchewan. She works in film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual.

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Dr Glen Coulthard
Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science

Dr Coulthard has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of Indigenous thought and politics, contemporary political theory, and radical social and political thought. His book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (University of Minnesota Press) was released in August 2014. He is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

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Mr Larry Grant
Adjunct Professor, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Mr Grant is an Elder from the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver, BC. He is an Adjunct Professor in the University of British Columbia First Nations Languages Program, the Language and Culture Consultant for Musqueam First Nation.

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Dr Christopher Hammerly
Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics

Dr. Hammerly has mixed Anishinaabe-Norwegian ancestry and is a descendent of the White Earth Nation of Minnesota. He is the director of the Experimental Linguistics and Fieldwork Lab (ELF-Lab), and his work focuses on how emerging technologies and experimental methods can be used to enhance language documentation, informing both (psycho)linguistic theory and language revitalization efforts.

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Dr Dallas Hunt
Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. He has had creative and critical work published in the Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, Settler Colonial Studies, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award.

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Dr Kimberly Huyser
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Dr Huyser is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. The aim of her research agenda is to gain a deeper understanding of the social conditions that undermine health, as well as to identify the cultural and social resources leveraged by racial and ethnic groups in order to further their individual and collective health and well-being. Her research furthers our understanding of the social determinants of health problems faced by Indigenous peoples and our comprehension of the social mechanisms that undergird population health.

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Dr Daniel Heath Justice
Professor, English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He specializes in Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous Native North American literatures, cultural studies and literary history, and speculative fiction.

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Dr Aynur Kadir
Assistant Professor, Asian Studies Department and First Nations and Endangered Languages Program

Aynur Kadir is an Indigenous Uyghur scholar, filmmaker and curator with a research focus on the documentation, conservation and revitalization of Indigenous cultures and languages. Her work bridges the gap between Indigenous studies in Canada and in Asia. Her research interests are in global indigeneity from the Uyghur in China to Coast Salish and Six Nations in Canada; transnational Indigenous diplomacy; and the safeguarding and revitalization of languages and cultural heritage through digital technology and collaborative initiatives.

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Dr Linc Kesler
Professor Emeritus, English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies,

Dr Kesler’s Indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota. He was the first director of the First Nations Studies Program (2003-09), and served as director of the First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs from 2009-18. His research focused on the relationship between technological change and the representation of knowledge, a topic vital to strategizing the survival of Indigenous communities, and in developing uses of emerging technologies to serve the needs of Indigenous communities. He retired from teaching in 2023.

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Ms Frances Koncan
Assistant Professor, School of Creative Writing

Frances Koncan (she/they) is an Anishinaabe and Slovene writer and theatre artist from Couchiching First Nation. They grew up in Treaty 1 territory on the land currently known as Winnipeg, Manitoba, and hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba and an MFA in Playwriting from the City University of New York Brooklyn College. Plays include: Space Girl, Women of the Fur Trade, and zahgidiwin/love.

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Dr Lindsay Lachance
Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies

Dr Lachance, who is from an Algonquin Anishinaabe family, played a leading role in the direction of the Indigenous Theatre department at the National Arts Centre as the first Artistic Associate. She earned her PhD in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and, in January 2018, successfully defended her dissertation titled “The Embodied Politics of Relational Indigenous Dramaturgies.” Lindsay’s academic work exists at the intersections of Indigenous Theatre and Critical Indigenous Studies, where she celebrates and supports Indigenous theatre theory and dramaturgical structures.

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Dr Sheryl Lightfoot
Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science; Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics; Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

Dr Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, an enrolled citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, at the Keweenaw Bay Community in northern Michigan. Her research interests include global Indigenous peoples’ politics, Indigenous diplomacy, Indigenous social movements, and critical international relations. She publishes articles in both Indigenous studies and international relations venues. In 2018, she was appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs

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Dr Tricia Logan
Assistant Professor, School of Information

Dr Tricia Logan is a Métis scholar with more than 18 years of experience working with Indigenous communities and residential school survivors in Canada. She has held roles at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation. Her research interests include residential schools, genocide and settler colonialism. During the 2021-2022 academic year, she will be a visiting researcher at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

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Indigenous Faculty UBC Charles Menzies

Dr Charles R. Menzies
Professor, Anthropology

Dr Menzies, a member of Gitxaała Nation and an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. His primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management, political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology, and indigenous archaeology. He is also the Director of Cultural and Heritage Research for Gitxaała Nation.

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Dr Harpell Montgomery
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Dr Montgomery, who is of Irish-Canadian and Mi’kmaq ancestry, has graduate degrees in Social Work (MSW – UVic) and Education (PhD – USask), and since 2003 has taught numerous undergrad and graduate level courses at UVic and URegina. He has held leadership positions with First Nations child and family serving organizations in Saskatchewan and BC, including undertaking social welfare policy development for First Nations and provincial governments and planning, developing and administering First Nations social development, post-secondary education and child welfare programs. He joined the School of Social Work in August 2020.

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Dr Dory Nason
Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English

Dory Nason is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She holds a joint position with First Nations Studies and the Department of English. Her research focuses on contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and contemporary Native literature.

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Ms Marie Nightbird
Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Social Work

Marie is of Saulteaux, Sioux and Ukrainian ancestry from Treaty 4 lands in Saskatchewan. She joined the School of Social Work in July 2018. She teaches in the BSW and MSW programs in Indigenous focused courses, interpersonal communication skills, group work skills and integrative seminars for field placements. Her areas of scholarship and practice include Indigenous healing and wellness, violence against women, and clinical social work.

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Dr Bernard Perley
Director & Associate Professor, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Bernard C. Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (studio arts) and Master of Architecture (architectural design) degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. His PhD is in Social Anthropology from Harvard. His academic training is interdisciplinary and aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries to serve his commitment to Indigenous community-based research and advocacy.

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Dr Pasang Yangjee Sherpa
Assistant Professor, Lifeways in Indigenous Asia, Department of Asian Studies & Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies

Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa is a Sharwa anthropologist from Nepal. Her research, writing and pedagogy focuses on climate change and Indigeneity among Himalayan communities, guided by the question: How do we live in the midst of dying? She is currently involved in two collaborative projects. The first is titled Transnational Sherpas investigates what it means to be a Sherpa today. The second seeks just pathways for sustainable futures in the Anthropocene, along with geographers Ritodhi Chakraborty and Costanza Rampini, and includes critical reflections on how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can open up space for Indigenous peoples and local communities. Dr. Sherpa is jointly appointed to the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (home department) and the Department of Asian Studies.

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Dr Bronwen Tate
Assistant Professor of Teaching and Undergraduate Chair, School of Creative Writing

Bronwen Tate is the author of the poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore, National Winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. A citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, Bronwen earned an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. Bronwen is currently Undergraduate Chair in the School of Creative Writing at UBC, where she offers courses in poetry, creative nonfiction, literary translation, and the teaching of creative writing. In collaboration with UBC colleague John Vigna, Bronwen is co-writing a creative writing pedagogy book under contract with Bloomsbury Academic.

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Dr Alice Te Punga Somerville
Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures

Alice Te Punga Somerville (Māori – Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) is a scholar, poet and irredentist. Her MA (Auckland) and PhD (Cornell) focused on Māori written literatures. Her research and teaching engages texts in order to centre Indigenous expansiveness and de-centre colonialism. She is the author of Once Were Pacific: Maori connections to Oceania and 250 Ways to Write an Essay about Captain Cook (2020), and is working on a new book, ‘Writing the New World,’ as well as a forthcoming collection of poetry called Always Italicise: how to write while colonised. She serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals and is the editor of the Journal of New Zealand Literature. She has a teaching affiliation with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies.
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Dr Richard Vedan
Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work

Richard Vedan, Secwepemc, joined the UBC School of Social Work in 1995 and is former director of the First Nation House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs (2001-2008). His research addressed identity issues, authenticity, multi-generational traumatic stress disorder, violent behaviour in First Nations communities and the benefits of traditional healing practices. He retired on January 1st, 2014.

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Faculty of Education

Dr Cash Ahenakew
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Dr Ahenakew’s research experience and interests focus on the areas of international indigenous studies in education, Indigenous curriculum and pedagogy and Indigenous health and wellbeing. He has been a research associate in international research projects on global citizenship education, international indigenous networks, and critical intercultural education at the universities of Oulu (Finland) and Canterbury (Aotearoa/New Zealand). Cash is Plains Cree and his family comes from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.

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Ms Jennifer Anaquod
Fraser Valley Coordinator, NITEP

Jennifer Anaquod, from Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan, has been a guest on Coast Salish territory for many years now. Currently a PhD student in Curriculum Studies at UBC, her academic research relates to how personal narrative plays a role in the academic success of Indigenous students. She teaches courses at NITEP field centres.

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Dr Jo-Ann Archibald
Professor Emeritus, Education

Dr Archibald (Sto:lo), formerly the director of the First Nations House of Learning and the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), and former Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education, retired in 2017.

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Dr Peter Cole
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Dr Cole is a member of the Douglas First Nation (Southern Stl’atl’imx) as well as having Welsh/Scottish heritage. He has considerable experience as a researcher and educator in Indigenous education, with expertise in curriculum theory, Indigenous epistemology and pedagogy, research methodology, traditional indigenous technologies, and Indigenous perspectives in environmental and sustainability education.

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Dr Janice Forsyth
Professor, Indigenous Land-Based Physical Culture and Wellness, School of Kinesiology

Janice Forsyth is a member of the Ochekwi-Sipi Nation (Fisher River Cree), Treaty No. 5, in southern Manitoba, though grew up off-reserve in Northern Ontario. Her research program focuses on decolonizing Indigenous physical culture. She is the author of Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport, and co-editor of Decolonizing Sport (2023) and Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian Sport: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues (2013).

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Dr Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla
Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education & First Nations and Endangered Languages

Growing up in a sugar plantation town in Kaʻū, Dr Galla was exposed to an array of languages and cultures from a young age and continued learning about her Hawaiian language and culture formally at Kamehameha Schools on Kapālama campus in Honolulu. She went on to study Linguistics at the University of Arizona and received a PhD in Language, Reading and Culture. Her research explores what types of technology initiatives Indigenous language communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language.

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Dr Jan Hare
Professor, Language and Literacy Education; Dean pro tem, Faculty of Education

Dr Hare is an Anishinaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal early learning and youth issues. She is mentoring doctoral students working on Aboriginal language revitalization and Aboriginal education.

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Dr Margaret Kovach
Professor, Department of Educational Studies; Associate Dean and NITEP Director

Dr Kovach (Sakewew p’sim iskwew) is of Nêhiyaw and Saulteaux ancestry from Treaty Four, Saskatchewan. She is the author of the book Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. Her teaching interests include Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous adult and higher education, and anti-oppressive teacher education. Her research is in the area of Indigenous higher education and explores ways in which Canadian universities can cultivate environments that enhance the experience for Indigenous scholars and graduate students.

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Dr Shannon Leddy
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

A member of the Metis Nation of BC with Irish heritage, Dr Leddy is a Vancouver-based teacher and writer whose practice focuses on decolonizing education and Indigenous education within teacher education. Her PhD research at Simon Fraser University focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonizing education and in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes.

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Dr Melanie Nelson
Assistant Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology, Counselling Psychology

A proud Samahquam (St’at’imc) woman, Dr Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. Dr Nelson’s research focuses on the experiences of Indigenous caregivers within Western systems, including the assessment and diagnosis process, despite the absence of the construct of disability in traditional thought.

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Indigenous Faculty Marnie Point UBC

Ms Marny Point
Lecturer, First Nations Language Program; Urban Coordinator, NITEP

Ms Point is a member of the Musqueam Band of the Coast Salish Tribes. As Urban Program Coordinator she is the program advisor for the first and second year NITEP students. She also teaches B.Ed. courses dealing with issues in First Nations education and the second year class for the First Nations Languages program, Intermediate Salish.

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Dr Johanna Sam
Assistant Professor, Human Development, Learning, and Culture & NITEP

Dr Johanna Sam, Tŝilhqot’in, offers expertise in adolescent development, technology, and Indigenous ways of knowing and teaches across two programs: Human Development, Learning, and Culture and Native Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP). As a culturally responsive educator, she contributes in diverse areas that include: Indigenous teacher education, social justice, curriculum and pedagogy, and enhancing undergraduate students’ learning experience.

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Faculty of Forestry

Dr Jennifer Grenz
Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management

Jennifer has a B.Sc in Agroecology and a PhD in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems from UBC. Her scholarly interests revolve around invasive species management, ecological restoration, and science communication, and she brings with her nearly two decades of experience providing consulting services and on-the-ground management of invasive species for all levels of government, including working with Indigenous communities on creating food security plans and land healing initiatives. Jennifer is a proud Nlaka‘pamux woman of mixed ancestry whose family comes from the Lytton First Nation (though she grew up on the coast of BC).

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Dr Danielle Ignace
Assistant Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Dr. Ignace is an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe and a broadly trained ecophysiologist with a passion for science communication. From desert systems to temperate forests, she studies how global change (climate change, landscape disturbance, and non-native species invasions) impacts ecosystem function and Indigenous communities. As an Indigenous woman in STEM, Dr. Ignace is deeply committed to developing Indigenous curriculum and her unique perspective bridges Indigenous communities, people of color, and scientists.
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Dr Warren Cardinal-McTeague
Assistant Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Dr Warren Cardinal-McTeague is Métis and Cree from the communities of Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta and he is proudly gay, queer, and two-spirit. His research and teaching broadly encompasses plant biodiversity and Indigenous science. Currently, he is examining how Indigenous relationships with land (e.g., harvesting, gardening, fire stewardship) influence plant and microbial diversity and ecosystem health. Ultimately, his work aims to affirm Indigenous self-governance and agency in scientific research and education. He is a faculty member of the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) Canada ( and is interested in blending art, culture, and science into his teaching and community engagement.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dr Eduardo Jovel
Associate Professor, Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research; Director, Indigenous Research Partnerships

Dr Jovel, whose traditional name is Itz Cohuatl, is an Indigenous scholar of Pipil and Mayan ancestry. His academic training includes Ethnobotany, Mycology, and Natural Products Chemistry. His research intersects with Indigenous Health and Wellness, Indigenous land-based Education, Gender, Research Ethics, and Indigenous food sovereignty. He is the founder and Director of xwc̓ic̓əsəm Garden at UBC Farm, focusing on restoring community leadership on self-determined land-based education and research, and, respectfully, mobilization of Indigenous knowledge. Dr. Jovel has worked with Indigenous people in Peru, Ecuador, the United States, New Zealand, Mexico, and Canada.

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Dr Tabitha Robin
Assistant Professor, Land and Food Systems

Tabitha Robin is a mixed ancestry Métis and Cree researcher, educator, and writer. She obtained her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her research explores the processes and practices of Indigenous food systems, particularly factors that affect Indigenous peoples’ food sovereignty. Her current research includes how Indigenous knowledges can be used as food literacy; the reclamation of Indigenous seed knowledges; practices of love and care for the land; and Indigenous land-based education and wellness.

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Faculty of Medicine

Dr Nadine Caron
Associate Professor, Medicine, Department of Surgery

Dr Nadine Caron, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, teaches at the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. She currently resides in Prince George, BC where she is a general and endocrine surgeon at the Prince George University Hospital. She is passionate about Indigenous peoples’ health and Canadian health policy. Nadine is Anishnawbe from the Sagamok First Nation.

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Dr Shannon Waters
Clinical Assistant Professor, SPPH, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice

Dr Shannon Waters, Stz’uminus First Nation, completed UBC’s First Nations Family Practice program and completed specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. In addition to working as a family doctor, she has worked as Director of Health Surveillance, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch; Acting Senior Medical Officer, Vancouver Island Region, First Nations Health Authority; Medical Director, Vancouver Island Health Authority; and Aboriginal Physician Advisor, Ministry of Health. She is currently a local Medical Health Officer with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

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Faculty of Science

Dr Shandin Pete
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Dept. of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Shandin Pete was raised in Nłq̓alqʷ (“Place of the thick trees”, Arlee, Montana). His mother is from the Bitterroot Band of Salish in Montana and his father is Diné from Beshbihtoh Valley in Arizona. He is a hydrogeologist and science educator with interest in Indigenous research methodologies, geoscientific ethnography, Indigenous astronomy, social-political tribal structures, culturally congruent instructional strategies, and indigenous science philosophies. Most of his work in recent years has focused on community engagement to understand shifts in the Indigenous paradigm of research for science knowledge production. This work has included extensive collaboration with tribal knowledge holders across Native communities and Indigenous academic scholars at institutions nationally and internationally.

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Dr Andrea Reid
Assistant Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Principal Investigator, Centre for Indigenous Fisheries

Dr Reid is a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation. Her research program adopts highly interdisciplinary and applied approaches to improving our understanding of the complex interrelationships between fish, people and place. Reid’s PhD in Biology (Governor General’s Gold Medal; Carleton University ’20) centered on multiple stressor effects on Pacific salmon, using tools and insights from Western and Indigenous sciences in tandem. Reid is a cofounder of Riparia, a Canadian charity that connects diverse young women with science on the water to grow the next generation of water protectors.

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Peter A. Allard School of Law

Ms Patricia M. Barkaskas
Associate Professor; Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

Ms Barkaskas, M.A. (History), J.D., has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked as a historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Her teaching and research interests include restorative justice and experiential learning in clinical legal education. She was born in Alberta and is Métis.

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Dr Gordon Christie
Professor, Law

Dr Christie has taught in universities in Canada and the United States, in Faculties of Law, and Departments of Philosophy and Indigenous Studies, including Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1998-2004) where he also acted as Director of the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments. Dr Christie’s research fields include Aboriginal legal issues, legal theory, and tort. His ancestry is Inupiat/Inuvialuit.

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Dr Robert (YELḰATŦE) Clifford
Assistant Professor, Aboriginal & Indigenous Law

Robert, or YELḰATŦE, is WSÁNEĆ and a member of the Tsawout First Nation. His PhD research utilized community participation methodologies to explore the ways WSÁNEĆ laws are generated by and reflect the values, philosophies, lands, and worldviews of the WSÁNEĆ people. His publications cover a range of aspects relating to Indigenous law and Indigenous legal theory, including on legal pluralism, Indigenous language revitalization, and Indigenous spirituality.

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Ms Andrea Hilland
Assistant Professor, Law

Andrea Hilland, KC, is a member of the Nuxalk Nation and Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her research examines the intersections of Indigenous laws, Aboriginal rights, and environmental regulation to challenge discriminatory theories of colonial supremacy and Indigenous inferiority that are perpetuated through the contemporary colonial legal system. Key objectives of her research are to support the resurgence of Indigenous laws and to demonstrate the potential of Indigenous laws to enhance Canada’s multi-juridical legal system. She was appointed King’s Counsel in 2021.

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Dr Johnny Mack
Assistant Professor, Law and First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Johnny Mack is a Nuu-chah-nulth law scholar with research interests in Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous constitutionalism, subjectivity, critical theory, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and settler law. In 2011 he was selected as a Trudeau Foundation scholar.

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UBC Library

Ms Karleen Delaurier-Lyle
Information Services Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library

Karleen is Anishinabek, Cree, mixed settler ancestry and a member of the Berens River First Nation. She was born and raised on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People. She received her BA from UBCO in Indigenous Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies. Afterward, she earned her Master’s in Library and Information Studies at UBC Vancouver.

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Ms Sarah Dupont (on leave)
Head Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library

Ms. Dupont, Métis, is from Prince George, BC and an alumnus of the University of Northern BC. She received a Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, where her research interests focused on information seeking behaviours of urban Métis youth. Ms. Dupont oversees the operation and direction of Xwi7xwa Library.

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Ms Kayla Lar-Son
Acting Head & Indigenous Programs and Services Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library

Kayla Lar-Son is a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta, with mix Ukrainian heritage, and is originally from Tofield, Alberta. She holds a BA in Native Studies from the University of Alberta, 2016, and an MLIS from the University of Alberta, 2018. Her research interests are Indigenous librarianship, data sovereignty, Indigenous Knowledge transmission, and critical librarianship.

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Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Ms Kim Lawson
Research and Community Liaison Librarian, IRSHDC

Kim Lawson is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UBC iSchool, and has previously worked at Xwi7xwa Library. Her work at the IRSHDC focuses on education, community engagement and research, where she sees the interconnectedness of cultural humility and information services as Indigenous informatics.

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Updated: May 22, 2024