Steering committee

The steering committee provides guidance in visioning and capacity building for the Network. The committee is a groupthink and leadership tool in the evolvement of the network. Main tasks include:

  • the facilitation, development and implementation of the network.
  • guidance in the development of training modules and curriculum for the Training Sessions.
  • and administrative tasks in the organization and key decision making in regards to the Provincial Conference.

Dr. Jeannine Carrière

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

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

Dr. Catherine Richardson

portrait of Dr. Catherine Richardson

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.


“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

Dr. Onowa McIvor

Director of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Onowa is of Swampy Cree and Scottish-Canadian ancestry, born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan. The University of Victoria drew Onowa to the west coast many years ago as an undergraduate

Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Carmen is from the Kickapoo Nation in Northeast Mexico. María del Carmen Rodríguez de France has been a visitor on this land for the past 17 years. Of Kickapoo ancestry and Mexican

Dr. Kyllie Cripps

Dr. Cripps is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, UNSW.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Cripps has workded extensively in the areas of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse with Indigenous communities, defining areas of need