People

Connie Wintels is the Administrator of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) and is responsible for the daily operation of the Institute.

Coll Thrush (PhD, Washington, 2002) is a historian of place, looking at the intersections between Indigenous histories and the histories of settler colonialism. His first book, Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007, second edition released in 2017), examined the links between urban and Indigenous histories in the Northwest’s largest city, while his most recent book, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (2016), reframes the history of the British Empire’s capital through the experiences of Indigenous children, women, and men who journeyed there, willingly or otherwise.

Sarah is the Senior Program Assistant (Students) for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is a recent FNIS graduate and was raised on Anishinaabe territory in Thunder Bay.

Sally is the CIS Program Assistant and covers all things finance and student payroll. She is from the UK and has moved to Canada three separate times! This is her thirteenth department at UBC and she is excited to get to know the students and faculty of CIS.

Sarah is the Communication and Outreach Assistant for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is a settler with ancestry in Scotland, Poland, and Germany and was raised on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Semiahmoo people. She is a fourth year student in English Literature and First Nations and Indigenous Studies.

Fiona Campbell is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at McGill University and a Sessional Lecturer with the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. Her doctoral research at McGill University is focused primarily onphonetics (speech sounds), language contact, and sociolinguistics (why people say what they do the way they do in particular contexts).

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.

Tanya Bob assists with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Practicum, and is also the CIS Associate Director.

Elder Larry Grant from the Musqueam Nation is an Adjunct Professor in the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, in which he co-teaches the introductory hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (Central Coast Salish) course. He is also Elder-in-Residence at the First Nations House of Learning and Consultant for the Musqueam Language and Culture Department.