Indigenous Education Researchers

Dr. Sean Blenkinsop

Sean Blenkinsop grew up in Northern Ontario and has a long of history as an outdoor, environmental, and experiential educator. Doctoral work, completed at Harvard, was philosophical in nature with an interest in choice, dialogue, community, and freedom. [ learn more ]

Dr. Mark Fettes
Associate Professor

Mark Fettes began research on Canadian Aboriginal issues in 1992, under a contract with the Assembly of FIrst Nations. Initially focused on community-based language retention and revitalization, he came to see education as a key arena of cultural and linguistic negotiation, eventually completing a PhD on "the linguistic ecology of education" at OISE/UT (2000). [ learn more ]

Dr. Vicki Kelly
Associate Professor

Vicki Kelly is Métis and of Anishnabe aboriginal heritage. She received her M.A. and Ph. D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her scholarship is in the field of Indigenous Education with a focus on: indigenous knowledges, indigenous pedagogies, indigenous science, as well as indigenous language and culture revitalization. [ learn more ]

Dr. Margaret MacDonald
Associate Professor

Margaret MacDonald specializes in early childhood education. Her two primary research areas include pedagogical documentation and intergenerational teaching and learning. Her recent work in the area of intergenerational teaching and learning has involved collaborative research and documentation of Halq’eméylem language revitalization and cultural transmission within the Sto:lo community. [ learn more ]

Dr. Daniele Moore
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Danièle Moore's field is in educational sociolinguistics. Her research areas include the study of language contacts, and language transmission in multilingual contexts. She is interested in topics such as language education policies, the inclusion of Aboriginal epistemologies in education, and teacher training in minority contexts. [ learn more ]

Dr. Amy Parent
Assistant Professor

She holds a Masters and a PhD in Education from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her doctoral work inspired her to work with Aboriginal youth, communities, and research-intensive universities across British Columbia in order to identify proactive ways to transform Indigenous students’ transition to higher education. [ learn more ]

Dr. Michelle Pidgeon
Associate Professor

Michelle Pidgeon's family and ancestry is from Newfoundland and Labrador. Her current research agenda is located within the areas of higher education and Indigenity. In particular, she is interested in the intersections between student affairs and services, Indigenous peoples, and recruitment and retention in post-secondary education. [ learn more ]

Dr. Doloes van der Wey
Associate Professor

Dolores van der Wey is a member of the Haida Nation and is of mixed Haida and Coast Salish ancestry. At present, she is program coordinator and site sponsor for the Indigenous Master of Education - Curriculum and Instruction: Equity in Education program at SFU. [ learn more ]

Dr. June Beynon

Dr. June Beynon worked at SFU for 34 years developing programs, teaching, researching and publishing in the areas of First Nations, Anti-racist and Multicultural teacher education. She initiated and developed courses in these areas in the teacher education program as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs. She was Director of Professional Programs and British Columbia Education Domain leader for the International Metropolis Project on Immigration.