Kaeleigh is the Senior Program Assistant for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS); the home of the two programs: First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) and First Nations and Endangered Languages (FNEL). Kaeleigh Hiebert is Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw from Campbell River on Vancouver Island. She recently completed her M.Ed in Indigenous Pedagogies and Knowledges at UBC (2014) and is a NITEP grad.

Sage is a third year international relations major.  Sage’s familial background is Albertan Sawridge Cree though she grew up in Victoria. Acting as the FNIS Student Project Assistant she is frequently available to talk about department and campus initiatives.

Victoria is a fourth year student double majoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, living and learning on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam peoples. She is passionate about unlearning settler normativity and privilege, and is looking forward to taking time away from school to travel and pursue natural birthing and doula practices.


Madison is the Program Assistant for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS). She is from the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack, B.C. Madison recently completed her BA at UBC (2016), with a major in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and a minor in English Literature.

Tanya Bob assists with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Practicum, and is also the FNIS Program Advisor.

Glen Coulthard (PhD – University of Victoria) is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science.

David Gaertner is a non-Indigenous scholar of German descent and an Instructor with FNIS. His research and teaching focus on Indigenous new media and digital storytelling, particularly the ways in which Indigenous artists, storytellers, and programmers engage with land via technology.

Sarah Hunt is Kwagiulth (Kwakwaka’wakw) from Tsaxis, and has spent most of her life as a guest in Lkwungen territories.  Her scholarship in Indigenous and legal geographies critically takes up questions of violence, justice, self-determination and resurgence.

Daniel Heath Justice is a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Linc Kesler (PhD – University of Toronto) is currently on secondment as the Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs.