BRC Alumni

The Bill Reid Centre has been home to many students from all areas of study that are interested in learning more about Pacific Northwest Coast material culture. It is a great way to get involved in promoting public understanding and respect for the First Nations of the Northwest Coast past and present, while developing vital research, archival, communications and digitizing skills. 

Lyla Asmat was a summer student funded by the Young Canada Works program.

Her position was also made possible through the support of Charles and Gail Pancerzewski. She’s in her third year, pursuing a joint major in Anthropology and Archaeology, and a major in Environmental Resource Management. She is passionate about cultural history and the remains it leaves behind in the archeological record and came to the Bill Reid Centre to expand her knowledge of Northwest Coast art and Indigenous culture.

Lyla worked with us on digitizing photographic slides of Northwest Coast material culture.

Amy Pocha is a work-study student that started with the Bill Reid Centre in early 2017.

She is of Cree and Red River Metis descent from Saskatchewan, pursuing a major in Resource and Environmental Management as well as a minor in First Nations Studies. She is interested in traditional ecological knowledge and wildlife management, particularly, the use of plants across various Indigenous communities and hopes to develop her skills throughout the REM program to assist in the conservation and restoration of our natural landscapes. 

Currently, Amy provides research for our mobile app development and maintains our website/social media content.

Bryan Myles officially began work with the Bill Reid Centre in October of 2009 and has continued until today.

Prior to his official start in Vancouver, Bryan undertook digitization projects for the Centre while completing his MA in cultural anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa. Once in Vancouver, Bryan began scanning and sorting digitized images, conducting image research and adding metadata to images, and eventually came to lead the development of the BRC’s web presence and image archive. Bryan gradually moved into producing multimedia components for exhibits in collaboration with the Bill Reid Gallery in downtown Vancouver, and over the years moved from collections oriented work into a managerial role. Bryan became the Interim Director of the BRC in the winter of 2014. He is currently undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD at SFU that will build on his work with the Bill Reid Centre and shape its future direction. 

Additional Information

Work-Study program

The Work-Study Program is an opportunity to participate in research-based projects and earn a supplemental income. You will also gain valuable experience connecting with various members of the SFU community and build your co-curriculum record. Because a student’s first commitment is to his/her studies, Work-Study hours are flexible, on campus and supervised. Apply now.

Young Canada Works

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers a variety of summer job and internship programs to job seekers and employers.


If you are interested in volunteering with The Bill Reid Centre, please contact the centre for more information: 

Tel: 778-782-9882
E-mail: brctr (at) sfu (dot) ca

Department of First Nations Studies
SWH 9091, 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

Note: The Bill Reid Centre is located in Saywell Hall.