ISTLD announces Episkenew Fellowship

November 21, 2017

It is our great pleasure to announce the inauguration of the Episkenew Fellowship for the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines. Funded by the Vice-President, Academic, the position will be filled by an Indigenous member of the SFU faculty who has Teaching and Learning Development Grant project experience and is willing to support faculty on projects in which they focus on decolonizing their teaching.

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. Her book, Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing won both the Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing (2009) and the Saskatchewan Book Award for First People’s Writing (2010). In 2015 Episkenew was awarded the YMCA Regina Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, followed by the Indspire for service to education in 2016.

Dolores van der Wey has kindly agreed to serve as our inaugural Episkenew Fellow. 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.

Information about the Episkenew Fellowship can be found here:

The ISTLD Episkenew Fellow will work with the ISTLD team to facilitate and coordinate support for faculty who participate in the Decolonizing 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 Decolonizing Teaching Program and Episkenew Fellowship will receive funding from the SFU's Vice-President, Academic, until August 2020.



Jo-Ann Episkenew