Academic Advisory Circle

  • Dechinta consults leading Indigenous academics with experience in land based pedagogy to ensure our programming is robust and using best practices.  We are grateful to our circle of academics and artists for their on-going support, advice and brilliance. Our current Academic Advisory Circle includes:

     

    Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

    Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2008. Her doctoral research focused on Anishinaabe treaty-making with the United States and Canada and serves as the foundation for her manuscript Unsettled: Anishinaabe Treaty-Relations and U.S./Canada State-Formation (In progress, University of Minnesota Press, First Peoples Series).

    Her primary area of research and teaching is in the field of Indigenous Comparative Politics, Native Diplomacy & Treaty and Aboriginal Rights. She is the co-editor of Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories with Jill Doerfler and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair (Michigan State University Press, 2013) and is the co-author of the third edition of American Indian Politics and the American Political System (2010) with Dr. David E. Wilkins.

    Lianne Marie Leda Charlie

    Lianne is a descendant of the Tagé Cho Hudän (Big River People), Northern Tutchone speaking people of the Yukon. She is the granddaughter of Leda Jimmy of Little Salmon River and Big Salmon Charlie of Big Salmon River on her dad’s side and Donna Olsen of Denmark and Benjamin Larusson of Iceland on her mother’s side. She was born in Whitehorse, Yukon to her mother, Luanna Larusson, and late father, Peter Charlie. Lianne is a Political Science instructor at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

     

    Dr. Alex Wilson

    Dr. Alex Wilson is Neyonawak Inniniwak from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She is a professor with the Department of Educational Foundations and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her BA (Psychology) from California State University, Sacramento in 1994; her EdM (Human Development and Psychology: Psycho-social and Cultural Development) from Harvard University in 1995; and an EdD (Human Development and Psychology) from Harvard University in 2007.

    Dr. Wilson’s scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge about two spirit identity, history and teachings, Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous peoples. Her current projects include two spirit and Indigenous Feminisms research: Two-Spirit identity development and “Coming In” theory that impact pedagogy and educational policy; studies on two spirit people and homelessness; and an International study on Indigenous land-based education.

    Dr. Wilson is one of many organizers with the Idle No More movement, integrating radical education movement work with grassroots interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water. She is particularly focused on educating about and protecting the Saskatchewan River Delta and supporting community based food sovereignty efforts. Having co-developed a Masters program in Land-Based Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Wilson is now in the process of creating an international Indigenous Land –based PhD program.

    Dr. Wilson is a recipient of the University of Saskatchewan Provost’s Award in Aboriginal Education for connecting research to pedagogy and practice and the Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity’s 2014 Affinity community service award; the 2015 Provost’s Award for Community Outreach and Engagement;  2016 Nellie Award; and, the 2016 Peter Corren Award. She was recently recognized by the Legislature of Manitoba for her extensive ongoing work with Indigenous communities revitalizing Cree culture through land based education.

    Dr. Daniel Voth

    Tanshi!  My name is Daniel and I am Métis from the Métis Nation of the Red River Valley.  I descend from a well-respected family of buffalo hunters who lived in Red River while travelling the length and breadth of the northern plains.  I was born, raised, and educated near my family’s scrip land in the inner city of Winnipeg.  I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Winnipeg in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008 I served as the lead intern in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Internship Program where I wrote speeches and researched for both executive council and government members of the legislative assembly.  My doctoral research examined the political and decolonizing relationships between Métis and other Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.  Using the work of Métis scholar and activist Howard Adams, I argue that fractious and uncomfortable political relationships can foster a broad inter-Indigenous decolonizing politics.  I am thrilled to be a member of the Department of Political Science at the world class University of Calgary in the territory of Treaty 7 peoples.

     

    Dr. Sarah Hunt

    Sarah Hunt is an assistant professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography. She is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) and spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories. Sarah’s scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of justice, gender, self-determination, and the spatiality of Indigenous law. Her writing and research emerge within the networks of community relations that have fostered her analysis as a community-based researcher, with a particular focus on issues facing women, girls, and Two-Spirit people.

    Dr. Hunt received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria and her Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. In 2014, was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation, which investigated the relationship between law and violence in ongoing settler colonial relations in BC, asking how violence gains visibility through Indigenous and Canadian socio-legal discourse and action. She continues to build on this work, researching geographies of resistance and resurgence in the intimate, everyday relations of Indigenous people and communities.

    Sarah’s writing has been published in numerous books and scholarly journals, as well as in research reports and popular media outlets. Her recent publications include “Access to Justice for Indigenous Adult Victims of Sexual Assault” (2017, co-authored with Prof. Patricia Barkaskas for the Department of Justice), “Representing Colonial Violence: trafficking, sex work, and the violence of law” (2016, in Atlantis), “Everyday Decolonization: living a decolonizing queer politics” (2015, co-authored with Dr. Cindy Holmes, in Journal of Lesbian Studies), “Embodying Self-Determination: beyond the gender binary” (2015, in the book Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: beyond the social) and “Ontologies of Indigeneity: the politics of embodying a concept” (2014, in Cultural Geographies).

     

     

    Dr. Tania Willard

    Tania is from the Secwepemc Nation, works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production.Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as a curator in residence with grunt gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery. Willard’ curatorial work includes Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, a national touring exhibition first presented at Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011. Recently Willard curated CUSTOM MADE at Kamloops Art Gallery and was selected as one of 5 National curators for a National scope exhibition in collaboration with Partners in Art and National Parks. Her upcoming project co-curated by Karen Duffek will be a solo show, Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun at the Museum of Anthropology. Willard’s personal curatorial projects include BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists.

    Dr. Michelle Daigle

    Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Swampy Cree) and a member of Constance Lake First Nation, located in the Treaty 9 territory. She is interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous Studies to examine colonial-capitalist dispossession (particularly through exploitative extractive development), and Indigenous movements for decolonization and self-determination.

    Dr. Daigle received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington. Her doctoral work examined how Indigenous land-based food practices, such as hunting and trapping, challenge colonial territorial boundaries while cultivating a multi-scalar decolonial politics that reclaims Indigenous political and legal authorities, and governance practices. Her current research examines resource exploitation and gendered forms of dispossession and violence within Indigenous communities in settler colonial contexts (particularly in her home territory- Mushkegowuk territory). Simultaneously, she is interested in the spatial and gendered politics of Indigenous water governance, as they are entangled in colonial capitalist developments.

    Some of her most recent publications include “Tracing the terrain of Indigenous food sovereignties “(2017, The Journal of Peasant Studies), and “Awawanenitakik: The spatial politics of recognition and relational geographies of Indigenous self‐determination” (2016, The Canadian Geographer).