Episkenew Fellowship

The Episkenew Fellowship is named after Jo-Ann Episkenew (1952-2016), a member of the Riel Local of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and distinguished scholar in English and Health Sciences. Episkenew worked as a professor and department head of the Department of English, and acting Dean of Academics at the First Nations University of Canada. She also served as the director of the Indigenous People’s Health Research Center at the University of Regina. Her book, Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing was published by the University of Manitoba in 2009. It won both the Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing (2009) and the Saskatchewan Book Award for First People’s Writing (2010). In her review of Episkenew’s book, Cheryl Suzack (2013) stated that it “analyzes the capacities of Indigenous literatures to ‘de-educate’ both settler-colonial and Indigenous communities from the trappings of colonialism.” In 2015 Episkenew was awarded the YMCA Regina Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by the Indspire for service to education in 2016.

The ISTLD Episkenew Fellow will work with the ISTLD team to facilitate and coordinate support for faculty who participate in the Disrupting Colonialism through Teaching: An Integrated Seminar Series and Grants Program, specifically around incorporating Indigenous content, issues, or perspectives into their courses. In addition to co-designing and facilitating the seminar series, the Episkenew Fellow will provide curricular support to the project teams to complement the research and administrative support provided by ISTLD staff, and help introduce faculty to SFU’s Indigenous community. Both the Disrupting Colonialism through Teaching Program and Episkenew Fellowship will receive funding until August 2020.

Current Episkenew Fellow

Dolores van der Wey, PhD

Episkenew Fellow (September 2017 - August 2020)

An Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Dolores brings a wealth of experience to this task. A member of the Haida Nation with expertise in curriculum development and theory, Dolores has many years of experience teaching courses to in-service and future teachers that address critical issues in education, including Indigenous education. She is well-versed in both the relevant literature as well as experienced at facilitating the efforts of instructors attempting to incorporate Indigenous content, issues, or perspectives into their courses.

Dolores will be facilitating the Disrupting Colonialism through Teaching: An Integrated Seminar Series and Grants Program beginning Spring 2018.

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