People

Connie Wintels is the Administrator of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) and is responsible for the daily operation of the Institute.

 

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.

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. He has also written about ghosts, earthquakes and tsunamis, and food. His current projects are an archivally-grounded fictional work set during the Green River Killer case in the 1980s, entitled SlaughterTown, and a critical cultural and environmental history of shipwrecks and settler colonialism on the Northwest Coast, entitled Wrecked: Ecologies of Failure in the Graveyard of the Pacific. Most of his courses are FNIS-approved, and he also offers a field course in London through FNIS every third year. For more information about Coll, please visit the UBC History website.

Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo InNiNeWak. She currently resides in Vancouver where she is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, her research focus is Indigenous documentary.

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 Senior Program Assistant (Students) for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is a recent FNIS graduate and was raised on Anishinaabe territory in Thunder Bay.

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.

Bernard C. Perley is Maliseet from Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. He holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (studio arts) and Master of Architecture (architectural design) degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. His PhD is in Social Anthropology from Harvard. His academic training is interdisciplinary and aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries to serve his commitment to Indigenous community-based research and advocacy.

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.

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.