I raise my hands in deep appreciation to the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaɬ, and Skwxwú7mesh Nations for providing me with a place to live, study and teach. I acknowledge that I am an “uninvited guest” (K. Kellipio, personal communication, February 21, 2017) on their traditional, ancestral, unceded, and overlapping territories. I am Nisga’a from the Nass Valley of Northwestern British Columbia on my mother’s side of the family. My Nisga’a name is Noxs Ts’aawit (Mother of the Raven Warrior Chief). We belong to the Ganada (frog) clan from the village of Laxgalts’ap. On my father’s side of the family, I am of Settler ancestry (French and German). My doctoral work inspired me to work with Indigenous youth, communities, and research-intensive universities across British Columbia in order to identify proactive ways to transform Indigenous students’ transition to higher education. My postdoctoral work investigated Indigenous doctoral programming, supports and initiatives at 100 tier one universities around the world.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education. I will be on a one year leave from Simon Fraser University from September 1, 2020–September 1, 2021. My research is grounded in Indigenous methodologies through collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities to support self-determination needs through community based research in two areas: (1) teaching and mentoring practices aimed at capacity-building in Indigenous communities, K-12 contexts, teacher education, and higher education in British Columbia; and; (2) Nisga’a language revitalization, educational governance and policy. I also recently produced a film series with highly respected Coast Salish Knowledge Holders and leaders titled “Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Unsettling Place at Simon Fraser University”. The film series aims to examine the praxis of land-based education by providing an understanding of the implications of Indigenous rights and sovereignty on Coast Salish lands and waterways while disrupting the glorified settler narrative of Simon Fraser. I am presently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Frontiers grant that expands my scholarship in the area of Indigenous visual methodologies through the use of virtual reality technology to support Nisga’a language revitalization and cultural repatriation. I am a Supporting Aboriginal Graduate alumni and a faculty mentor.
If you need to contact me after September 1st, 2020, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am currently unable to accept new graduate students at this time. I will continue providing mentorship to Indigenous graduate students through the SAGE program.