Sara Davidson is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education. She completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2016 and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she taught Indigenous Education and English Language Arts Methods (K-12). She has extensive experience teaching Indigenous Education in both post-secondary and professional development contexts. Her K-12 teaching experience took place in British Columbia and Yukon where she worked predominantly with Indigenous students, coming to know firsthand the unique challenges of living and working in rural and remote communities. This experience allowed her to understand the educational priorities of Indigenous communities, and fully commit to finding ways to deliver courses in non-traditional formats that support the educational needs identified by the community.
The focus of Dr. Davidson’s scholarship has been to seek ways to improve schooling experiences for Indigenous students by collaborating with and learning from Indigenous communities, Indigenous students, and university and research communities. Her program of research and publications seeks to transform current pedagogical and research practices to be more respectful and inclusive of Indigenous contributions. In 2018, she collaborated with her father, Robert Davidson, to write Potlatch as pedagogy: Learning through ceremony. To continue with this intergenerational focus in her scholarship, she is in the early stages of developing a proposal to do an autoethnography that explores her own identity in connection with her grandfather’s experiences at the Coqualeetza Indian Residential School. The intent of this research is to better understand intergenerational trauma and use land-based connections to achieve healing.