Curriculum Vitae

Education

University or Institution Degree Subject Area Dates
University of Victoria Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Studies, Education, Linguistics) 2012
University of Victoria M.Sc. Environmental Studies 2004
Simon Fraser University B.Sc. Major: Kinesiology, Minor: Canadian Studies 1994

 

Professional Background

University, Company or Organization Rank or Title Dates
Tahltan Central Government Director
Tahltan Language and Culture Program
2012-present
Northwest Community College College Professor
University Credit Program
2004-2015
Northwest Community College Coordinator
Aboriginal Language Conversation Program
2008-2015
Northwest Community College Instructor
Career and College Preparation Program
1998-2009
Northwest Community College First Nations Access Coordinator
Student Services
1997-2000
North Coast Tribal Council Education Centre Coordinator
College Preparation Program
1995-1997
North Coast Tribal Council Education Centre Instructor
College Preparation Program
1994-1997
North Coast Tribal Council Education Centre Instructor
Adult Basic Education Program
1994-1997

 

Background Research

 

EDUCATION

2012
Ph.D., University of Victoria,
Victoria, BC. Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Studies, Education, Linguistics). Dissertation title: Hedekeyeh Hots’ih Kāhidi – “Our Ancestors Are In Us”: Strengthening Our Voices Through Language Revitalization From A Tahltan Worldview.

Supervisors: Dr. Nancy Turner (Environmental Studies); Dr. E. Anne Marshall (Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies). Committee Members: Dr. Leslie Saxon (Linguistics); Dr. Gloria Snively (Curriculum and Instruction)

2005
M.Sc., University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. School of Environmental Studies. Thesis title: The Gitga’at Plant Project: The Intergenerational Transmission of Traditional Plant Knowledge Using School Science Curricula.

Supervisors: Dr. Nancy Turner (Environmental Studies); Dr. E. Anne Marshall (Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies). Committee Member: Dr. Gloria Snively (Curriculum and Instruction)

1994
B.Sc., Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. Faculty of Applied Sciences. Major: Kinesiology, Minor: Canadian Studies

1993
Simon Fraser University, Professional Development Program, Faculty of Education. Upon completion, became eligible for Professional Certification with British Columbia College of Teachers (now Teacher Regulation Branch).

 

Research Experience

2014-2015
Post-doctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University, Department of Linguistics (Dr. John Alderete). Development of an online learning management system for the Tahltan language.

2008-2012
Principal Investigator, Doctoral Research. Research focused on Tahltan language revitalization and what my people have done, and still need to do in order to maintain, preserve, and revitalize our language, as well as finding out how Tahltan language revitalization can positively affect the lives of my people.

2002-2007
Graduate Student Researcher, “Aboriginal Knowledge and Science Education Research Project.” Aboriginal Enhancement Branch, BC Ministry of Education, and the University of Victoria. Principal Investigators: Drs. Gloria Snively and Lorna Williams.

2003-2004
Principal Investigator, Master’s Research. Gitga’at Plant Project. Worked closely with Ts’msyen educators in Hartley Bay, which involved Ts’msyen high school students making connections with their Elders by documenting traditional plant knowledge. Students’ research documented in the form of booklet and poster.

2002-2003
Curriculum Consultant, “Forest and Oceans for the Future: Integrating Local Ecological Knowledge with Natural Resource Management.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Menzies (UBC). (www.ecoknow.ca)

2001-2005
Graduate Student Researcher, “Coasts Under Stress: The Impact of Social and Environmental Restructuring on Environmental and Human Health in Canada.” A major collaborative research initiative between the University of Victoria, Memorial University of Newfoundland, & several universities and partner agencies in Canada and the United States. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rosemary Ommer (UVic).