Martin, Georgina

Job Title

Chair and Professor, Indigenous Xwulmuxw Studies


Vancouver Island University

EDST Degree/s and graduation year/s

PhD, 2014


Higher Education (HIED)


Prince George, BC, Canada

Georgina Martin originates from the Secwepemc nation and is also a member of Lake Babine Nation. Georgina acquired both her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) & Masters of Arts (Interdisciplinary – First Nations Studies, Education, & Political Science) degrees at the University of Northern British Columbia, and is now the Chair & Professor in the Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Department at Vancouver Island University. Georgina’s lived experience with Elders, Indigenous/Aboriginal students, parents, communities, faculties, public schools, and governments strongly aligns with her transfer of Indigenous Knowledge in teaching, research, and service. She highly privileges community-based relationships, Indigenous Knowledge, collaboration, and cultural respect. Over a 12-year span while she worked within the federal departments of Employment and Immigration and Health Canada, she preserved strong relations with Indigenous peoples in areas of administration, life skills, leadership development, project management, healthy babies, and youth initiatives. Georgina’s current leadership includes university governance as a member of Senate and the Vice-Chair of the Planning and Priorities Committee at the Vancouver Island University. In 2020, she was selected by the Tri-Council agencies (CIHR, NSERC, & SSHRC) to became one of the 18 members from Indigenous scholars across Canada to sit on the ‘Reference Group for the Appropriate Review of Indigenous Research’. In this role, she is helping to guide the Tri-Council in developing culturally appropriate practices for research conducted by and with Indigenous peoples in Canada.