Kelsey Wrightson, recently joined Dechinta as our Transitional Director of Policy and Programming. Kelsey grew up in Edmonton Alberta, and completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2015. After finishing school, she worked for a year with Dylan Robinson at Queen’s University in the Centre for Indigenous Arts, and then returned to UBC and worked for 2 years in research grant administration. She is very excited to move to Somba’ke and work with the impressive team at Dechinta, and is especially looking forward to working on language and arts programming.
Catherine joined our team as Director of Community Development and Indigenous Education in January 2018. Catherine is a Dene woman from the Northwest Territories, her First Nation affiliation is with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation for which she sits on the Chief and Council as a council member. Catherine is a strong advocate for Indigenous empowerment.
Catherine’s post-secondary educational background started when she received a certificate in Aboriginal Child and Family Services in 2006. In 2013 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University. Catherine considers herself a lifelong learner and is a strong advocate for tackling Indigenous issues, particularly in the north.
Catherine is a visionary, motivated to create positive changes in her community and inspire others to follow their dreams. She is a mother of two children who are first and foremost in her life. In her spare time, Catherine devotes her energy into her love of writing and is a published author.
Glen is Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, published in English or French, in 2014/2015, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book in 2016.