Aboriginal Faculty Members

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 thirty-four members from seven faculties, with twenty-seven holding tenure or on tenure-track.

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Faculty of Applied Science

Dr Margaret Moss, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Dr Moss is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota), and has equal lineage as Canadian Sioux/ Saskatchewan. She is the director of the First Nations House of Learning and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Moss is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates, and published the first nursing textbook on American Indian health (Springer 2015).

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Faculty of Arts

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr Dallas Hunt, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literatures

Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. He has had creative and critical work published in the Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, Settler Colonial Studies, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. His first children’s book, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. He is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr Sheryl Lightfoot, Associate Professor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science

Dr Lightfoot, Anishinaabe, is an enrolled citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, at the Keweenaw Bay Community in northern Michigan. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics. 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. She is the senior advisor to the president on Indigenous affairs.

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Mr Duncan McCue, Adjunct Professor, School of Journalism

Award-winning journalist Duncan McCue is the host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup. Mr McCue was a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for over 15 years. Now based in Toronto, his news and current affairs pieces continue to be featured on CBC’s flagship news show, The National. Mr McCue is Anishinaabe (Ojibwa), and a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations in southern Ontario.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Faculty of Education

Dr Cash Ahenakew, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Research experience and interests focus on the areas of international indigenous studies in education, indigenous curriculum and pedagogy and indigenous health and well being. He has been a research associate in international research projects on global citizenship education, international indigenous networks, and critical intercultural education at the universities of Oulu (Finland) and Canterbury (Aotearoa/New Zealand). Cash is Plains Cree and his family comes from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.

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Jennifer Anaquod, Fraser Valley Coordinator, NITEP

Jennifer Anaquod, from Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan, has been a guest on Coast Salish territory for many years now. Currently a PhD student in Curriculum Studies at UBC, her academic research relates to how personal narrative plays a role in the academic success of Indigenous students. She teaches courses at NITEP field centres.

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Dr Jo-Ann Archibald, Professor Emeritus, Education

Dr Archibald (Sto:lo), formerly the director of the First Nations House of Learning and the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP), and former Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education, retired in 2017.

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Dr Peter Cole, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Dr. Cole is a member of the Douglas First Nation (Southern Stl’atl’imx) as well as having Welsh/Scottish heritage. He has considerable experience as a researcher and educator in Indigenous education, with expertise in curriculum theory, Indigenous epistemology and pedagogy, research methodology, traditional indigenous technologies, and Indigenous perspectives in environmental and sustainability education.

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Dr Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla, Assistant Professor, Language and Literacy Education

Growing up in a sugar plantation town in Kaʻū, Dr. Galla was exposed to an array of languages and cultures from a young age and continued learning about her Hawaiian language and culture formally at Kamehameha Schools on Kapālama campus in Honolulu. She went on to study Linguistics at the University of Arizona and received a PhD in Language, Reading and Culture. Her research explores what types of technology initiatives Indigenous language communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language.

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Dr Jan Hare, Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education; Associate Dean, Indigenous Education; Director, Indigenous Teachers and Education Program (NITEP)

Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education. Her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal early learning and youth issues. She is mentoring doctoral students working on Aboriginal language revitalization and Aboriginal education.

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Dr Shannon Leddy, Instructor, Coordinator, EDUC 440

A member of the Metis Nation of BC with Irish heritage, Dr Leddy is a Vancouver-based teacher and writer whose practice focuses on decolonizing education and Indigenous education within teacher education. Her PhD research at Simon Fraser University focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonizing education and in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes.

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Dr Michael Marker, Associate Professor, Educational Studies; Director, T’Skel Graduate Studies

Dr Marker (Arapaho) studies the ethnohistory of education and the politics of Indigenous knowledge, primarily in the Coastal Salish region. His research has foregrounded the ways that colonizing powers have imposed ideologies and cosmologies on Aboriginal communities and the remarkable resistance strategies of Native people.

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Ms Marny Point, Lecturer, First Nations Language Program; Urban Coordinator, NITEP

Ms. Point is a member of the Musqueam Band of the Coast Salish Tribes. As Urban Program Coordinator she is the program advisor for the first and second year NITEP students. She also teaches B.Ed. courses dealing with issues in First Nations education and the second year class for the First Nations Languages program, Intermediate Salish.

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Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Dr Eduardo Jovel, Associate Professor, Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research; Director – Indigenous Research Partnerships

Dr Jovel’s research interests include ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health. In the last 10 years he has taken an active role in Aboriginal health research, including Indigenous medicinal systems, food security, environmental health, research ethics, and Indigenous research methodologies.

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Peter A. Allard School of Law

Patricia M. Barkaskas, Instructor, Law; Academic Director, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

Ms Barkaskas, M.A. (History), J.D., has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and has worked as a historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Her teaching and research interests include restorative justice and experiential learning in clinical legal education. She was born in Alberta and is Métis.

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Dr Gordon Christie, Professor, Law

Dr Christie has taught in universities in Canada and the United States, in Faculties of Law, and Departments of Philosophy and Indigenous Studies, including Assistant Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (1998-2004) where he also acted as Director of the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments. Dr Christie’s research fields include Aboriginal legal issues, legal theory, and tort. He serves as director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program. His ancestry is Inupiat/Inuvialuit.

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Ms Darlene Johnston, Associate Professor, Law

Professor Johnston is a member of the Chippewa Nawash First Nation in Ontario. Her teaching areas include Indigenous legal traditions, Canadian Aboriginal and treaty rights, and law & colonialism. Her current research focuses on the relationship between totemic identity, territoriality and governance.

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Mr Johnny Mack, Assistant Professor, Law and First Nations and Indigenous Studies

Johnny Mack is a Nuu-chah-nulth law scholar with research interests in Indigenous legal traditions, Indigenous constitutionalism, subjectivity, critical theory, postcolonial theory, legal pluralism, and settler law. In 2011 he was selected as a Trudeau Foundation scholar.

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Ms Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Professor, Law

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, or Aki-kwe, is Cree and Scottish. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering work as British Columbia’s first Representative for Children and Youth. As a lawyer and provincial judge, Ms.Turpel-Lafond has also been involved in projects relating to improving supports for Indigenous peoples, especially in addressing the unique circumstances and needs of children and youth involved in the justice system. Ms. Turpel-Lafond also serves as director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

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Faculty of Medicine

Dr Nadine Caron, Associate Professor, Medicine, Department of Surgery

Dr Nadine Caron, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery, teaches at the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. She currently resides in Prince George, BC where she is a general and endocrine surgeon at the Prince George University Hospital. She is passionate about Indigenous peoples’ health and Canadian health policy. She is co-director of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. Nadine is Anishnawbe from the Sagamok First Nation.

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UBC Library

Ms Sarah Dupont, Head Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library

Ms. Dupont, Métis, is from Prince George, BC and an alumnus of the University of Northern BC. She received a Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, where her research interests focused on information seeking behaviours of urban Métis youth. Ms. Dupont oversees the operation and direction of Xwi7xwa Library.

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Ms Kim Lawson, Reference Librarian, Xwi7xwa Library

Ms Lawson is from the Heiltsuk Nation of BC. Prior to joining UBC, she worked as the Archivist/Librarian for the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Resource Centre. Her MLIS research looked at First Nations Perspectives on archives, libraries and museums.

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