I received my PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2008 and my Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1991. My doctoral dissertation was titled: “Kaandossiwin, this is how we come to know: Indigenous research methodologies in the academy.” My Masters research was titled: “Healing the Fallen Eagle.”
I came to Laurier in 2007 with a blending of teaching, practice and community work. I was an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at First Nations University of Canada from 2003-2007. I was a program manager for B’saanibamaadsiwin Native Mental Health Program in Muskoka Parry Sound. And from 1992-1996, I was an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria where I co-designed and delivered decentralized community based Indigenous social work programs to a variety of Indigenous territories across British Columbia.
Prior to my PhD, I had been involved in community based capacity building research projects and research that gathered Indigenous knowledge and cultural teachings. Through my doctoral research, I have been primarily focused Indigenous research methodologies and how Indigenous researchers are bringing their worldviews to their research projects. I continue to participate on research projects that centre Indigenous worldviews as pivotal to the methods of the search. Currently, I am involved in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project called “Walking the Prevention Circle: Re-searching community capacity building for violence prevention.” Additionally, I am in the process of gathering stories of hope, resilience, strength and survival that contribute to positive cultural mirrors of Indigenous peoples.
Research assistantships may be offered depending on the stage of my projects.
I am on doctoral committees with Indigenous doctoral students in the Faculty of Social work. I have participated on doctoral committees where candidates are seeking guidance with Indigenous research methodologies and are seeking guidance on Indigenous issues.
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