UBC has a growing number of Aboriginal faculty members across disciplines at the Vancouver campus. These faculty members are actively involved in research, teaching, and administration, much of it with an Aboriginal focus and substantial community engagement. The Indigenous Academic Caucus, an informal association of faculty members who identify as Indigenous, currently has twenty-seven members from seven faculties.
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Dr Candis Callison, Associate Professor, School of Journalism
Dr Callison received her Ph.D. from MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and a M.Sc. from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program. Her research interests include media change, public engagement on complex science and environment issues, and how new media is shaping the efforts and practices of science journalists, scientists, and social movements. Candis is a member of the Tahltan Nation of northwestern B.C.
Ms Dana Claxton, Associate Professor, Art History, Visual Art and Theory
Ms Claxton is of Hunkpapa Lakota ancestry and her family reserve is Lakota First Nations -Wood Mountain in southwest Saskatchewan. She works in film, video, photography, single and multi channel installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual.
Dr Glen Coulthard, Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science
Dr Coulthard has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of Indigenous thought and politics, contemporary political theory, and radical social and political thought. His book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (University of Minnesota Press) was released in August 2014. He is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.
Dr Michelle Daigle, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) and a member of Constance Lake First Nation, located in the Treaty 9 territory. She is interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous Studies to examine colonial-capitalist dispossession (particularly through exploitative extractive development), and Indigenous movements for decolonization and self-determination.
Mr Larry Grant, Adjunct Professor, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program
Mr Grant is an Elder from the Musqueam First Nation in Vancouver, BC. He is an Adjunct Professor in the University of British Columbia First Nations Languages Program, the Language and Culture Consultant for Musqueam First Nation.
Dr Sarah Hunt, Assistant Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Geography
Sarah is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) from Tsaxis and is assistant professor of critical Indigenous geographies. Her scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of violence, justice, self-determination and resurgence. Her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis as a community-based researcher, with a particular focus on issues facing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.
Dr Carl Johnson, Senior Instructor, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
A member of the Nhla7kapmx First Nation, Lytton Band, Dr. Johnson is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Classical, near Eastern and Religious Studies.
Dr Daniel Heath Justice, Professor, English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture
Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He specializes in Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous Native North American literatures, cultural studies and literary history, and speculative fiction.
Dr Linc Kesler, Associate Professor, English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies (on research leave)
Dr Kesler’s indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota. His research work focuses on the relationship between technological change and the representation of knowledge, a topic vital to strategizing the survival of Indigenous communities. He is also interested in developing uses of emerging technologies that serve the needs of Indigenous communities.
Dr Sheryl Lightfoot, Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science; Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics; Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs
Dr Lightfoot is Anishinaabe, an enrolled citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, at the Keweenaw Bay Community in northern Michigan. Her research interests include global Indigenous peoples’ politics, Indigenous diplomacy, Indigenous social movements, and critical international relations. She publishes articles in both Indigenous studies and international relations venues. In 2018, she was appointed Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Affairs
Mr Duncan McCue, Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism
Duncan McCue is a national reporter for CBC-TV News in Vancouver. His current affairs documentaries are featured on the CBC’s flagship news show, The National, and the 6 o’clock news Canada Now. Duncan has also taught documentary journalism to Indigenous students at First Nations University and Capilano College. Duncan is Anishinaabe (Ojibwa), and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations in southern Ontario.
Dr Michelle McGeough, Assistant Professor, Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Michelle McGeough (Métis) is an Indigenous art historian, artist, and curator, whose research interests have focused on contemporary and historical Indigenous cultural production and Indigenous non-binary identities. She is also interested in the application of Indigenous research methodologies and the incorporation of these ways of knowing into the curation of Indigenous material culture and art.
Dr Charles R. Menzies, Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Menzies, a member of Gitxaała Nation and an enrolled member of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. His primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management, political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology, and indigenous archaeology. He is also the Director of Cultural and Heritage Research for Gitxaała Nation.
Dr Dory Nason, Senior Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English
Dory Nason is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. She holds a joint position with First Nations Studies and the Department of English. Her research focuses on contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and contemporary Native literature.
Dr Richard Vedan, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work
Richard Vedan, Secwepemc, joined the UBC School of Social Work in 1995 and is former director of the First Nation House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs (2001-2008). His research has addressed identity issues, authenticity, multi-generational traumatic stress disorder, violent behaviour in First Nations communities and the benefits of traditional healing practices. He retired on January 1st, 2014.