Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University
Collaboration with communities in Canada’s far north has helped shape past and present research of Dr. Natasha Lyons (pictured above with Bandit). Natasha, our first Postdoctoral Associate, is also co-developer of one of the first IPinCH case studies, which examines intellectual property issues affecting the Inuvialuit, including access and information sharing. With community and institutional partners, the project will connect Inuvialuit elders from Canada’s Western Arctic with cultural items housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Natasha’s prior collaborative research with the Inuvialuit community included her Ph.D. dissertation on the building of a critical Indigenous archaeology. She has also collaborated with the Padlimiut of Arviat on the western shores of Hudson Bay on an oral history and mapping project, and continues to work with both communities on heritage projects with intellectual property concerns.
Natasha currently holds a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at Simon Fraser University. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary and an M.A. from Simon Fraser University. She says she has already benefited from interaction with IPinCH scholars through the case study application process, and hopes to contribute data to Working Group questions on research ethics, access, and best practices.