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Indigenous Research Methods in Action

Speaker series

The series will showcase SFU researchers who engage in Indigenous Research Methods and highlight how these methods have been used in practice. Participants will deepen their understanding of Indigenous Research Methodologies by hearing from researchers who have experience doing this work. 


Fall 2022 speakers

June Scudeler

June Scudeler

Dr. June Scudeler (Métis) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She received her PhD in English at UBC in 2016. Her research encompasses queer Indigenous studies, literature, film, and art. She is currently delving into Indigenous horror.

 

Michaela McGuire (Jaad Gudgihljiwah) 

Michaela McGuire

Michaela McGuire (Jaad Gudgihljiwah) is a current PhD Student and sessional instructor in SFU’s School of Criminology. Michaela’s ancestry is Haida, Ojibwe, Irish, and British. Her research interests include Haida justice, decolonization, and resurgence, Haida identity and belonging, racism against Indigenous peoples, self-determination and self-governance, Indigenous women, and corrections. She is currently living, working, and writing from her home in HIG̲aagilda (Skidegate), Haida Gwaii.

 

Upcoming workshops

Next semester's workshops will be posted soon.

Spring 2022 speakers

Alanaise Ferguson

Alanaise Ferguson biography and recording

 

Alanaise Ferguson

Alanaise Ferguson is an Anishinaabe psychologist and assistant professor in the SFU Faculty of Education, Counselling Psychology program. She incorporates her Indigenous language (Anishinaabemowen) as a vista into Anishinaabe worldview on issues related to health, healing, and well-being. She is an author, mother of three, and a resident in Tzeachten First Nation in Sto:lo Territory.

 

Watch the recording of Alanaise Ferguson's talk

Dorothy Christian

Dorothy Christian biography and recording

 

Dorothy Christian: a woman smiling, wearing glasses and a shawl, with her hair in a long braid.

Dorothy Cucw-la7 Christian’s cultural roots are in Splatsin, one of the 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation.  She is the eldest of 10, has one daughter and over 65 nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and as of May 2021 she became a great, great Auntie.  

Her research centralizes and privileges Indigenous knowledge systems, which illustrates the key roles of land, story, and cultural protocols.  Dorothy Cucw-la7 locates herself in the “cultural interface” (Nakata, 2002) – the place where Indigenous peoples have agency and meet Settler cultures without being bogged down and paralyzed by the usual colonial binaries. Her PhD research articulated some of the complexities of Indigenous research methodologies.  

The major themes of Dorothy’s work are:  Indigenous representation, Indigenous Visual Sovereignty and Aesthetics in Visual Narratives, Alliance building with white and people of color Settler cultures, and Reconciliation from her Secwepemc-Syilx perspective. 

She continues to serve in the Indigenous Film and Television sector as a Board Member of the Indigenous Screen Office in Toronto.  Dorothy has curated a 2018 program, The Voices From The Western Regions of Turtle Island, and she programmed the Victor Masayesva, Jr. Retrospective, Dawsoma:  Making Meaning at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto -– the largest Indigenous film festival in the world.  

 

Watch the recording from Dorothy Christian's talk
 

 

Lyana Patrick 

Lyana Patrick biography and recording​​​​​

 

Lyana Patrick: A woman stands among trees in the west coast temperate rain forest, wearing a fuchsia jacket and smiling.

Lyana Patrick is Dakelh from the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. She has worked in communications and education for over two decades. She was Education Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where she worked on curriculum development, managed education programs, and promoted knowledge translation of Indigenous research findings to health care providers and health sciences students. She has worked on evaluation projects connected to Indigenous health and education, including for the City of Vancouver where she helped design community engagement for a municipal poverty reduction strategy. She received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue a PhD in the School of Community and Regional Planning where in 2019 she became the first Indigenous PhD graduate.

Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice. She incorporates film and other multimedia in her work and is committed to public scholarship as a creative and collaborative process of exploration with Indigenous communities.

 

Watch the recording from Lyana Patrick's talk 

 Dara Kelly 

Dara Kelly biography and recording​​​​​

 

Dara Kelly

Dr. Dara Kelly is from the Leq’á:mel First Nation, part of the Stó: Coast Salish and completed her PhD at the University of Auckland Business School entitled, “Feed the people and you will never go hungry: Illuminating Coast Salish economy of affection”.

Her research explores Coast Salish philosophy of freedom, unfreedom, wealth and reciprocity and how that shapes Coast Salish philosophy of economy.

Dr Kelly is a recipient of the 2020 Early in Career Award for CUFA BC Distinguished Academic Awards.

 

Watch the recording of Dara Kelly's talk


Date(s)
November 8
Location
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Contact for further information
research-commons@sfu.ca