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.
Jennifer Anaquod, Fraser Valley Coordinator, NITEP
Jennifer Anaquod is from Muscowpetung First Nation in Saskatchewan and has been a guest on Coast Salish territory for many years now. Indigenous educator and researcher, Jennifer has spent over 15 years working in early childhood education (ECE) and five years teaching adults in various areas of education.
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. Jennifer focuses on tying traditional ways of knowing and learning into any curriculum she develops. Jennifer is thrilled with her current role as the NITEP Fraser Valley coordinator.
Dr Jo-ann Archibald, Professor Emeritus, Education
Dr Archibald (Stó:lō), formerly the director of the First Nations House of Learning and NITEP – the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, and former Associate Dean for Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education. Her main areas of research are Indigenous education, oral tradition & storytelling, Indigenous higher education, and Indigenous knowledge systems.
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.
Dr Shannon Leddy, Instructor, Coordinator, EDUC 440
Shannon Leddy, member of the Metis Nation of BC with Irish heritage, is a Vancouver based teacher and writer, whose practice focuses on decolonizing education and Indigenous education within teacher education. She holds degrees in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan (1994), an MA in Art History (1997), and a BEd (2005) from the University of British Columbia. 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.
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.
Lucetta George-Grant, On-Campus Coordinator, Program Advisor, NITEP
Ms George-Grant, Coast Salish, is the on-Campus Coordinator for year three, four, and five students and Program Advisor for all students in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program. Lucetta is an alumna of NITEP and taught in Elementary schools prior to joining NITEP.
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.
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.
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 the Indigenous education courses for first and second year and the second year class for the First Nations Languages program, Intermediate Salish.