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Dr. Jacquie Green

Jacquie is from the Haisla Nation. Her teaching philosophy includes a commitment to decolonization and cultural renewal. Her research interests involve strategizing programs and policies that incorporate a strong Indigenous focus and analysis. Her current research is on reclaiming Haisla ways through Oolichan Fishing.

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Dr. Leslie Brown

Leslie Brown, a smiling member of the ICWRN

Leslie Brown PhD
Special Advisor to the Provost on Community Engagement
Director, Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community – University Engagement University of Victoria

Leslie’s research practice has two major and intersecting themes – child welfare and Indigenous communities. In addition, she is currently working on a project exploring the relationship between sex workers and their families. Leslie also teaches research in the Indigenous Masters of Social Work program and is the co-editor of Research as Resistance: Critical, Indigenous and Anti-Oppressive Approaches. Of settler ancestry, she has lived on the territory of the Lekwammen people for 30 years.

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Dr. Jeannine Carrière

Dr. Jeannine Carrière discusses research on cultural planning, adoption and Aboriginal children, that looks at ways to keep children connected with…

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Shanne McCaffrey

Professor at the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. Shanne has a background in education, law and social services. Shanne has Cree/Métis ancestry and attended the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Victoria. Her academic interests

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas Born in Victoria, in 1986, Qwul’thilum (Dylan Thomas) is a Coast Salish artist from the Lyackson First Nation. Dylan was exposed to the art at a young age because his family continues to participate in their culture and

Dr. Sandrina de Finney

Research Advisor  Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria Sandrina’s practice and research emphasize Indigenous, community-based, participatory methods, with a focus on youth engagement/youth participation, working with girls, community development in the area of foster care and adoptions,

Kelly Seaman

Videographer and designer, Kelly Seaman

The Videographer and Designer:
Kelly was born on the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan in 1972. After 9 months on the reserve, he was adopted into a…

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Dr. Catherine Richardson

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Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria.

Cathy Richardson has been with the School of Social Work since September 2007. Her areas of specialization include Indigenous resistance, decolonizing approaches to social work, response-based practice, safety-oriented and dignity-based child protection work, recovery from violence, and Indigenous approaches to research and scholarship centered around cultural, ecological and spiritual integrity. Cathy is interested in the intersections between family therapy, child protection, language-use and social responses to families.


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“Qwul’sih’yah’maht” Dr. Robina Thomas

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Victoria. Dr. Robina Thomas is Lyackson of the Coast Salish Nation. Robina is committed to Indigenous education and her research interests include Storytelling, Residential Schools and Uy’skwuluwun: On Being Indigenous. She is

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Alicia BigCanoe

The Project Assistant and Youth Advocate: *protected email* Alicia’s roots extend from the Georgina Island First Nation in Ontario and carries Anishinaabe, Metis, and Italian roots. She has a background in Child and Youth Work and in recent years has