The Department of First Nations Studies team consists of Aboriginal faculty, affiliated faculty members from various disciplines, and departmental staff.


Deanna Reder
Associate Professor, Chair

Eldon Yellowhorn
Associate Professor

annie ross
Associate Professor
| News Coverage

Robert Bandringa
Limited Term Professor

Joyce Schneider
Limited Term Professor

June Scudeler
Assistant Professor, Limited Term and Shadbolt Fellow, FNS & SFU Galleries

Rudy Reimer/Yumks
Associate Professor

Maddie Knickerbocker
Limited Term Professor

Jeannie Morgan
Limited Term Professor

Associate and Adjunct Faculty

Ted Palys
BA, MA (Manitoba), PhD (Car)

Professor, School of Criminology
Associate Member, First Nations Studies
(2013-2016, 2016-2019)

Research methods and methodology, sociology of science; aboriginal/indigenous justice and self-determination; sociology of international law; research ethics; research confidentiality and privilege.

Past Associate or Adjunct:

Biruté M. F. Galdikas
Department of Archaeology
Associate Member, First Nations Studies
(2013 Sept. -2016 Aug.).

Sarah Henzi
Adjunct Member, First Nations Studies
(2015-16, 2016-17)

Université de Montréal


Maui Solomon
Adjunct Member (Spring 2008-Spring 2015), FNS & iPinCH


Dara Culhane

Mary Ellen Kelm

Dean Mellow

Bryan Myles
Manager & Acting Director
The Bill Reid Centre

Bob Russell
Emeritus Professor, Mathematics 

John Welch
Resource & Environmental Management

Affiliated Departments or Programs


Brenda Harrison
Manager, First Nations Studies
Academic Advisor, First Nations Studies Programs (FNSTMAJ, FNSTJMA, FNSTMIN, CFNSR, FNSTPBD)
Tel: 778.782.5964

Lorraine Yam
Manager, FNS (away on secondment to FNEP/FNLG/FNLP)
and Academic Advisor (FNEP & CFNLP during secondment)
Tel. 778.782.5595

Brett Romans
Budget Assistant

Shagufta Saddiq
Chair/Department Secretary
(Do not send public service or events announcements. Use for PSA requests.)
Tel: 778.782.4774

Emily Tepper
Chair/Department Secretary

Announcement Notifications: 

To circulate* University sponsored, University-related, and General Public Announcements - Public Service (PSA) and Events Announcments, please email
*=University and/or Department approved announcements.