Former Faculty and Staff

Karie Hanson graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. She will be working with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies temporarily as the Senior Program Assistant, and is happy to be here and learn about this Department.

From 2014-2018, Kaeleigh served as the Program Assistant for FNEL. Kaeleigh Hiebert is Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. She completed her M.Ed in Indigenous Pedagogies and Knowledges at UBC (2014) and is a graduate of the NITEP program.

During 2015-2017, Sarah served in the roles of Media and Communications Assistant and Student Advisor for the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. She is currently Project Manager – Indigenous Focus at St. John’s College as well as Student Housing and Hospitality Services at UBC.

Emily is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Program in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. She previously held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in the First Nations and Endangered Languages program from 2014-2016. Her research studies the use of rhythm, pitch, and intonation in spoken language, and in particular, how these aspects of language – referred to as prosody – are used in natural communication to convey information about sentence structure and meaning.

Colleen Leung graduated from the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 2015 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Currently, Colleen is collaborating with UBC Information Technology and the Musqueam Indian Band to develop an iOS app for the Musqueam language, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.

Martina is a linguistic anthropology PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at UBC. Her primary research interests include issues surrounding language endangerment, revitalization, maintenance, and most recently language documentation. At FNEL, Martina has been working with Dr. Mark Turin on developing new courses, covering a variety of topics concerning Indigenous languages.

Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Linguistics, in the field of Indigenous Languages Sustainability. From 2015-2017, he was an Honorary Killam and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. His research focuses primarily on the diachronic and synchronic morphosyntax of American Indigenous languages, especially those of the Amazon; and on language documentation and revitalization in Latin American contexts.