Assistant Professor

Bio

I raise my hands in deep appreciation to the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Səl̓ílwətaɬ, and Skwxwú7mesh Nations for providing me with a place to live, study and teach. I acknowledge that I am an “uninvited guest” on their traditional, ancestral, unceded, and overlapping territories. I am Nisga’a from the Nass Valley of Northwestern British Columbia on my mother’s side of the family. My Nisga’a name is Noxs Ts’aawit (Mother of the Raven Warrior Chief). We belong to the Ganada (frog) clan from the village of Laxgalts’ap. On my father’s side of the family, I am of Settler ancestry (French and German). I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education (PhD UBC). My doctoral work inspired me to work with Indigenous youth, communities, and research-intensive universities across British Columbia in order to identify proactive ways to transform Indigenous students’ transition to higher education. My postdoctoral work investigated Indigenous doctoral programming, supports and initiatives at 100 tier one universities around the world.

My research is grounded in Indigenous methodologies through collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities to support self-determination needs through community based research in two areas: (1) teaching and mentoring practices aimed at capacity-building in Indigenous communities, K-12 contexts, teacher education, and higher education in British Columbia; and; (2) Nisga’a language revitalization, educational governance and policy. I also recently produced a film series with highly respected Coast Salish Knowledge Holders and leaders titled “Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Unsettling Place at Simon Fraser University”. The film series aims to examine the praxis of land-based education by providing an understanding of the implications of Indigenous rights and sovereignty on Coast Salish lands and waterways while disrupting the glorified settler narrative of Simon Fraser. I am presently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada New Frontiers in Research grant that expands my scholarship in the area of Indigenous visual methodologies through the use of virtual reality technology to support Nisga’a language revitalization and cultural repatriation. I am a Supporting Aboriginal Graduate alumni and a faculty mentor.

I also was the project lead for a comprehensive review of School District 92 (Nisga’a) with Dr. Jeannie Morgan, Matriarch Shirley Morven and Dr. Gwendolyn Point and a project co-investigator for a program review of for the Helping Spirit Lodge Society with Lynda Gray. During my time in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, I was a faculty co-sponsor for the Curriculum & Instruction Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw MEd cohort and the lead Indigenous faculty member for Education 400 course in the Professional Development Program (2018 and 2019 intake).

Research and Teaching Interests Include:

Indigenous self-determination through community-based research;

Aboriginal high school to university transitions;

Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies;

Indigenous youth studies;

Indigenous doctoral programming, supervision and mentorship;

Decolonizing and Indigenizing teacher education;

Land based education;

Indigenous visual sovereignty and critical Indigenous theory;

Indigenous graphic novels and storytelling;

Nisga’a language revitalization, governance and policy.

*I borrow the term “uninvited guest” from mentor and friend Kau’i Kellipio (K. Kellipio, personal communication, February 21, 2017).

Education

University of British Columbia, Department of Educational Studies, 2014, PhD
University of British Columbia, Department of Educational Studies, 2009, MA
Simon Fraser University, Political Science and Anthropology, 2007, BA

Research Projects

Raising Nisga’a Language, Cultural Sovereignty, and Land Based Education through Traditional Carving Knowledge
20202022

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-Frontiers in Research Grant.
Principal Investigator

Program Review of Spirit Lodge & Spirit Way Programs for Helping Spirit Lodge Society (Vancouver, BC)
20192020

The Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides first and second stage transition housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Project Co-Investigator with Project Lead Lynda Gray

Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Language Classes
20192019

This Vancouver based project will foster intergenerational Nisga’a language learning and community capacity building by contributing to Nisga’a: language orality, literacy, cultural sharing, language resources, material development and a language blog. Knowledge sharing and mobilization of the project will be conducted through our cultural dance and performances with the Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dance group as well sharing all materials and resources on our Nisga’a language blog and presentations at conferences. Aboriginal Language Initiative Grant, First Peoples Cultural Council of B.C.

Nisga’a Language Revitalization Educational Study
20182020

In collaboration with Nisga’a Lisims government and the Council of Elders this project will examine the feasibility of extending Nisga’a language revitalization efforts in the Nisga’a Nation’s traditional territories in the Nass Valley, and also in urban centres in British Columbia which have large Nisga’a populations. This is a mixed-methods (quantitative & qualitative) research project. Funded through Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant
Principal Investigator, Simon Fraser University

First Peoples Cultural Council Aboriginal Language Initiative (FPPCCAL) 2019/2020 Application
20182019

Grant writer & member of Vancouver Urban Nisga’a Revitalization Ad Hoc Committee. The FPPCCAL supports weekly Nisga’a language classes and research at the Native Education College
Principal Investigator

Energizing Relationships: Indigenous Doctoral Supervision and Mentorship at Universities in British Columbia
20162017

Principal Investigator

Building Local Indigenous Partnerships & Community Engagement Project
20162017

Purpose was to build or strengthen partnerships between SFU’s Faculty of Education and First Nations/Aboriginal communities in the Lower Mainland. To this end, it focused on (a) community consultations on areas of collaboration and partnership, (b) developing a website of teaching resources based in local communities and histories, and (c) building relationships between faculty members and local Aboriginal people by involving the latter as guest speakers in Faculty of Education courses and programs. Funded through SFU Community Community Engagement Fund and the Faculty of Education.
Co-Investigator with Dr. Mark Fettes, Simon Fraser University

SFU Presidential Research Start Up Grant
20162017

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Kerr, J. & Parent, A. (2018) The First Peoples Principles’ of Learning in Teacher Education: Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Canadian Journal of Native Education. 40 (1), pp 36-53.

Parent, A. (2017). Visioning as an integral element to understanding learners transition to university. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, (7), 153-170. Kerr, J. & Parent, A. (2016). Being taught by Raven: A story of knowledge in a teacher education program, Canadian Journal of Native Education, (1), 62-79.
Parent, A. (2011) “Keep Us Coming Back for More”: Aboriginal youth Speak about wholistic education. Canadian Journal of Native Education, (1), 28-50. Archibald, J., Restoule, J.P., Lester-Smith, Donna, Parent, A. (2010). Editorial for connecting to Spirit in research (Special Theme Issue). Canadian Journal of Native Education, (1), 154-156.
  Articles in Refereed Journals (submitted)
Inkster, C. & Parent, A. (2019). “It's Extremely Difficult When Nobody's Listening to you”: Learning from the relocation stories of Indigenous girls in foster care. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice (Under Review).
  Invited Chapters in Edited Book(s)
Archibald, J. & Parent, A. (2019). Hands Back, Hands Forward for Indigenous Storywork as Methodology. In Sweeney Windchief and Tim San Pedro’s (Eds), Applying Indigenous Research Methods: Storying with Peoples and Communities (3-20). New York: Routledge. Parent, A. (2018) Research Tales with Txeemsim. In Deborah McGregor & Rochelle Johnston’s (Eds) Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices, and Relationships (65-82). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc.
 

Chapter in Invited Edited Book(s) (accepted)

Parent, A. & Kerr, A. (2019). Contemporary colonialism and (im)possibilities in higher education: An anti-colonial response to reconciliation. In A. Kempf & S. Styre’s (Eds) Troubling Trickster: Indigeneity and the politics of decolonizing reconciliation in education. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Parent, A. (2019). Parent, A. (2019). Txeemsim Bends the Box to Bring New Light to Working with Indigenous Methodologies. In A. Abdi’s (Ed) Critical Theorizations of Education. Nieden: Brill: Press

Additional Published Work

Book Reviews

Parent, A. (2017). Learning, sharing, knowing: Celebrating successes in K-12 Aboriginal education by Jo-ann Archibald & Jan Hare. Canadian Journal of Education, (2), 1-4.

Professional Publications

Parent, A. (2017). Working with Learning, sharing, knowing: Celebrating successes in K-12 Aboriginal education in the classroom. Admininfo, October Issue, BC Principals and Vice Principals Association, 176-19. Retrieved from, https://bcpvpa.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Oct17AdminfoParentWeb.pdf

Parent, A. (2016) Learning from Aboriginal youth transitioning to university. Canadian Teacher Magazine (January-February, 12-13. Retrieved from, http://www.canadianteachermagazine.com/issues/2016/CTM_JanFeb16/index.php

Reports

Parent, A., Morgan, J., Point, G., & Morven, S. (2019). “United as One We Tell Our Story”: A comprehensive review of School District 92 (Nisga’a), 1-352. Gitlax̱t’aamiks: Nisga’a Lisims Government.

Parent, A. (2018). Building local partnerships in education final report, 1-22 (SFU Faculty of Education, Indigenous Education Reconciliation Council Internal Report).

Parent, A. (2014). Indigenous educational doctoral initiatives at research intensive universities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, 1-20, (UBC Internal Report).

Knowledge Mobilization Media Publications

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Montage for Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019) Chief Harley Chappel: Semiahmoo Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Sheri Fabian. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Cher Hill. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Adel Iskander. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Elder Margaret George & Michelle George: Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer ). (2019). Elder Jim Kew: Xʷməθkwəy̓əm Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Oral Historian Sonny McHalsie: Stó:lō. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Elder Latash Nahannee: Skwxwú7mesh Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Amy Parent, Oral Editorial: Working with Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series in the Classroom. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University [Currently being edited].

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Elder Cyril Pierre & Elder Ed Pierre: Katzie Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Gwendolyn Point: Stó:lō Nation. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence and Faculty of Education: Simon Fraser University.

Parent, A. (Producer & Writer). (2019). Dr. Mark Winston. In Critical Understandings of Land and Water: Disrupting Place at Simon Fraser University Series. Centre for Educational Excellence: Simon Fraser University and Faculty of Education.

Parent, A. (2016 & Writer). Sayt-k'il'hl Wo'osim' (Our Common Bowl) blog. Details assignments from EDUC 311, including: critical resource assessment’s of new Indigenous curriculum, content and lessons plans and an art based reconciliation action project “Cedar Bombs” (Our commonbowl.ga).