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Don’t be afraid to Indigenize.
After I received my Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary years, I decided to take a Master’s degree in Arts. My focus was on Indigenous literature and my main argument is that Indigenous people who have been displaced or have not been exposed to their culture are not lost people. They are not lost in the borderlands. In fact, Indigenous people know exactly who they are, they just lack access to cultural teachings and language which helps solidify one’s identity. I taught at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for two years, and have been teaching at UFV since. I am thankful to be able to work on Stó:lō territory, and I extend my gratititude to the Stó:lō people. Hiy-Hiy!
M.A. (University of British Columbia)
B.Ed (University of Northern British Columbia)
B.A. (University of British Columbia)
BC College of Teachers, North American and Indigenous Studies Association
My first and foremost goal in teaching is to create a safe space for sharing. I value multiple perspectives, but I also believe in pushing boundaries and questioning one’s own perceived knowledge and abilities.
English (Upgrading and University Preparation)
Indigenous People’s Knowledge (Upgrading)
Indigenous ways of knowing and being, Indigenous perpectives in academia, Ongoing cultural genocide in Canada, and gender and sexuality
“Indigenizing: From Protocol to Ways of Knowing” ABEABC conference 2017
“Centering the Written for a Voice in Maria Campbell’s Half-breed.” Borders and Border Crossings: Double Encounters: Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna. March 30, 2010.
“The Transmission of Intellectual Knowledge in the Borderlands of Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach.” Borders and Border Crossings: Double Encounters: Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna. March 30, 2009.
“Indigenizing a Class” Groundwork Magazine, vol.37, no.2, Winter 2017
I work with the Indigenous Adult Basic Education committee
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When I couldn't help my son with his geometry homework, I knew it was time to go back to school. I contacted UUP, graduated a year later, and decided to embark on a nursing career.
I dropped out of high school at 16, and returning to school seemed daunting. Upgrading at UFV gave me the confidence to succeed.