Emma Feltes

Emma Feltes

PhD student, Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Emma is a writer, researcher, policy analyst, and rights advocate, committed to building just relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada and globally. Her PhD project on the Constitution Express and the making of section 35 will document the movement that brought about the inclusion of Aboriginal rights in Canada’s patriated Constitution in 1982.  

Emma draws on significant experience working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to advance their title and rights. During her MA in Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University, she worked with the Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux, and Syilx First Nations to research the Laurier Memorial – a letter written in 1910 to Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier seeking just relations with Canada.

Emma draws on professional experience in policy and community development at the City of Toronto, Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, Social Planning Toronto, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, and Movimiento Madre Tierra (Friends of the Earth Honduras). Emma is a Contributing Editor to Spacing magazine, and her writing has been featured in The Dominion, The Tyee, and on Rabble.ca.

Emma was the research assistant for the Collaboration, Relationship and Case Study Working Group and the Secwepemc Territorial Authority case study.