Emma Feltes is a white settler PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Her research on the “Constitution Express”—a ground-breaking 1980s movement that fought for Indigenous nationhood during the patriation of Canada’s Constitution—seeks direction on how to re-shape political and legal relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler state today.
Louise Soga is the Senior Program Assistant for the Institute of Critical and Indigenous Studies and is responsible for the coordination of a variety of CIS program functions. She brings extensive UBC institutional experience to the role and was born and raised in Vancouver. You can find her in the main office happy to assist with any questions regarding the Institute.
Maggie is an Academic Advisor with Aboriginal Student Affairs in the Faculty of Arts. She holds an MA in History from UBC, and previously attended Simon Fraser, Concordia and Capilano Universities. Her first co-op job was conducting research for In-SHUCK-ch/N’quatqua Treaty Group and she has worked with Indigenous artists and communities on exhibits at the UBC Museum of Anthropology and other Lower Mainland museums. She joined Arts Advising in 2016 and is available to help with questions about academic planning and graduation.
Connie Wintels is the Acting Administrator of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS). She is responsible for the daily operation of the Institute. Originally from Montreal, has worked at UBC since 2012, she has many years of experience in administration and accounting.
Beverly is a 2nd generation Cantonese settler and a 4th year student in FNIS and Geography (environment and sustainability). She will be working as the CIS Winter Project Assistant for the Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies. Beverly is happy to answer any questions about her time at UBC.
Margot Leigh Butler has been the Academic Director of Hum (Humanities 101 Community Programme at UBC and in the Downtown Eastside/Downtown South (DTES/S) since 2006. Now in its 20th year and with almost a thousand alumni, the Programme runs four free, university-level, Cultural Studies-style courses on campus — and free public programmes at local community centres — with low income residents of the DTES/S and nearby areas. Dr. Butler has long worked closely with CIS staff and faculty, many of whom are guest teachers on Hum’s Indigenous-strong courses. Her work as a teacher, theorist, activist and installation artist focuses on practices and figurations of implicatedness.
Dale Gintner is the Interim Program Assistant and supports the daily administration of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Originally from Brazil, she arrived in Canada in 2017 for a post-degree diploma in International Business Management. She has many years of work experience in Education, Administration and Event Planning.
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
Sarah Maddison is Associate Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences, and co-Director of the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration. Sarah is particularly interested in work that helps reconceptualise political relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Australian settler state, including critical examinations of a range of relevant public policies.
Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (Kanaka Maoli) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education (Faculty of Education) and in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (Faculty of Arts) at the University of British Columbia. She has taught a variety of courses that focus on Indigenous language revitalization that have included materials development, performative arts, and an international collaboration with eight post-secondary institutions.