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.
Cecilia Federizon is the Program Assistant and supports the daily administration of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She graduated from UBC with a BA in Sociology and a minor in the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Institute.
Autumn Schnell is a Gwich’in tr’iinjoo from Treaty 11 and is currently studying and living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands while studying at the University of British Columbia in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Critical Sexuality Studies.
Emma is a settler writer, researcher, and community organizer based on Coast Salish Territory, and a PhD student in Anthropology at UBC. As a Research Assistant with CIS, she supports the ongoing partnership between FNIS and the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning in Denendeh, Northwest Territories.
Coll Thrush (PhD, Washington, 2002) is a historian of place, looking at the intersections between Indigenous histories and the histories of settler colonialism. His first book, Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (2007, second edition released in 2017), examined the links between urban and Indigenous histories in the Northwest’s largest city, while his most recent book, Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire (2016), reframes the history of the British Empire’s capital through the experiences of Indigenous children, women, and men who journeyed there, willingly or otherwise.
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 and her office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 16:30.
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, and can be found in the main office Monday (8:30-11:30), Wednesday (8:30-11:30) and Friday (8:30-12:30).
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.
Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla (Kanaka Maoli) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education 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.
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.