PhD (Educ), 1997
SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2012
Dr. Jo-ann Archibald (Q’um Q’um Xiiem), from the Sto:lo Nation, is one of Canada’s foremost Indigenous scholars and has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of Aboriginal education provincially, nationally and internationally. She is the Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, Director for the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and Professor in the UBC Faculty of Education. Dr. Archibald has dedicated her 40-year career to creating culturally relevant and community responsive teacher education and graduate education programs for Aboriginal students. Her visionary work has transformed the landscape of higher learning for all Indigenous peoples through excellence in curriculum and program development, policy, research, teaching and scholarship. She co-created SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement) to provide culturally relevant support for Aboriginal graduate students. She also co-chaired the national Accord on Indigenous Education, a ground-breaking collaboration aimed at significantly improving Indigenous education across Canada. In 2004 she was a panelist in an education dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other world leaders. Dr. Archibald received the 2000 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education and an honorary doctorate from Capilano University in 2012. Her inspiring contributions as a scholar and leader have improved the learning and lives of countless Aboriginal peoples and their communities.