Our team includes faculty and scholars from across Canada as well as graduate and undergraduate students from SFU.
Meet our Research Team:
Principle Investigator – Deanna Reder, PhD www.deannareder.com
Margery Fee, PhD margeryfee.sites.olt.ubc.ca
Daniel Heath Justice, PhD fnis.arts.ubc.ca/persons/daniel-justice/
Warren Cariou, PhD www.warrencariou.com
Brendan Edwards, PhD www.rom.on.ca
Rick Monture, PhD indigenous.mcmaster.ca/people-1/monture
Rudy Reimer/Yumks, PhD www.sfu.ca/archaeology/faculty/reimer.html
Meet our Research Assistants:
My name is Jessica Bound and I am in my third year of study at the University of Manitoba. I am currently working towards my bachelor of arts, with a major in English and a minor in French. I hope to one day become a teacher.
Treena Chambers is an International Studies student Simon Fraser University. Treena brings her experience as a mature student and her Métis background into her studies of nationhood and identity. Treena’s past experience at a co-curator and organizer of the Robson Reading Series and work in the bookselling industry helps to inform her varied contributions The People and the Text.
Courtney Dick is a member of the Lil’wat Nation. Raised by a single mother between Vancouver and Mount Currie, B.C. among a very large and close-knit family, the eldest of four and the only to attend post secondary school so far. After graduating high school, she pursued a career in the hair dressing industry for 17 years before coming to study at SFU in 2013. Beginning with the Aboriginal Pre-Health Program she gained acceptance to continue studying and to attain an undergrad degree in Health Sciences.
Natalie Knight is a Yurok and Navajo (Diné) guest on unceded Coast Salish territories living in Port Moody. She is a poet and writer, with contributions forthcoming in Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century (Wilfred Laurier Press, 2016) and the poetics journal Tripwire , with recent poetry appearing in The Capilano Review . You can listen to the poem “The life of Bobbi Lee is about why we must talk” here . Natalie is a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University writing about Indigenous cultural production in Canada and the U.S.
Sandie Dielissen is a Ph.D student in First Nations Studies and Archaeology at SFU. Her research examines the history of Aboriginal women in Canada, and the impact and influence of the Indian Residential Schools on gender politics. For this project, Sandie is compiling a series of open access annotated bibliographies.
June Scudeler, a life-long inhabitant of Coast Salish territories (Metro Vancouver), is Métis from the Red River, Manitoba and Batoche, Saskatchewan.
June recently received her PhD in English from UBC. Her research uses Cree and Métis methodologies, such as wâhkôhtowin or kinship, and miyo-wîcêhtowin or getting along with others, to examine how Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQ people use art not only to counter racism and homophobia, but more importantly to show the continuing resurgence of Indigenous texts and media. June is currently continuing her archival work on Woods Cree modern dancer and choreographer René Highway (1954-1990).
June has published essays in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Studies in Canadian Literature and American Indian Culture and Research Journal and has chapters in Performing Indigeneity and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. Inspired by her love of Indigenous arts, she is a Board member of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival society.
Alix Shield is a PhD student in English at Simon Fraser University. Her research concerns contemporary methods of Indigenous digital heritage management and repatriation, specifically through the works of Mohawk writer E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). For this project, Alix is currently compiling an extensive digital collection of the works of E. Pauline Johnson, as well as assisting with the production of a Coast Salish app for mobile phones and tablets.
Rachel Taylor was born and raised in Smithers BC, Wet’suwet’en & Gitxsan territory, the youngest of her Iñupiaq mother and settler father’s three children. She moved to Vancouver, Coast Salish territories, in 2001 and spent seven years working with and learning from other Native youth and community members at the Redwire Native Youth Media Society. She is a proud auntie of two, and is completing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Simon Fraser University.