Listen: Glen Coulthard on CBC’s Ideas with Nahlah Ayed

Glen Coulthard, associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, joined Nahlah Ayed on the May 21st episode of CBC’s Ideas. The episode covers the Dene fight for self-determination and sovereignty, and its deep historic ties to liberation efforts around the globe, with Coulthard tracing those influences — and how they shape our […]

Congratulations Dr. Dory Nason

Dr. Dory Nason was elected to serve a second term as President of the Faculty Association, the union representing all faculty across UBC campusses. To view the results of the election please click below.

How Pasang Yangjee Sherpa honours Indigenous wisdom on her quest for climate justice

Dr. Pasang Yangjee Sherpa is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and the Department of Anthropology. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to discussions on Indigeneity in the Himalayas and inter-related discussions on climate justice. Please click the link below to learn more about Dr. Sherpa’s work on the UBC […]

Out Now: Special Issue of Dictionaries: The Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America

CIS Associate Professor Dr. Mark Turin and UBCO’s Dr. Christine Schreyer have guest edited the new Special Issue of Dictionaries: The Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America. This publication features a focus on Indigenous Lexicography and is fully open access! Find it for free here.

Congratulations Dr. Daniel Justice

We are thrilled to extend our congratulations to CIS Faculty member, Daniel Heath Justice, for being awarded the Distinguished University Scholar Award of 2023! This award, presented every two years, serves as a testament to Dr. Justice’s outstanding scholarship in the areas of English and Critical Indigenous Studies. His commitment to these areas has been […]

Welcome Dr. Tricia Logan

CIS would like to give a warm welcome to Dr. Tricia Logan who will be joining as an Assistant Professor in FNIS! Tricia is a Métis scholar with more than 20 years of experience working with Indigenous communities in Canada. She has her PhD in History and has held roles at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, […]

Congratulations Dr. Mark Turin

Dr. Turin has been awarded the 2023 Dean of Arts Mentorship award. This award celebrates mentors in the Arts and those who foster a community of inclusion and respect at UBC. Mark Turin is described as a mentor who goes above and beyond to help and encourage students. His adaptive approach to mentoring enables him […]

Congratulations to Dr. Linc Kesler

Congratulations to Dr. Linc Kesler, who has been appointed as a member of the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR). Dr. Kesler’s role will be to help foster ethical research practices, as well as provide valuable advice on responsible research environments. Created by Canada’s three federal research agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, the PRCR […]

FNIS Professor Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot named to the New College of the Royal Society of Canada

September 7th, 2021 A total of ten UBC faculty members have been announced by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) as new Fellows and as new Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Among them is Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Canada Research Chair of Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and FNIS Professor. Dr. […]

CIS Welcomes New Director: Dr. Bernard Perley!

The University of British Columbia welcomes Dr. Bernard C. Perley as the new Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Arts. An Indigenous anthropologist and leading scholar in the field of language revitalization, Dr. Perley will assume the role for a five-year term starting July 1st, 2020. “We are pleased and fortunate […]

CIS Professor Daniel Heath Justice Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

January 2021 Congratulations to FNIS Professor Daniel Heath Justice, who has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. Those appointed to the Order of Canada are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the nation that inspire, teach and show the way forward to creating a better country. Daniel, who is a Cherokee Nation enrolled […]

FNEL Associate Prof. Dr. Galla Awarded Killam Research Fellowship

April 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Candace Galla, Associate Professor with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education, for her receipt of the Killam Research Fellowship award! For more information about the award, visit UBC’s Faculty Research Awards page. Dr. Galla’s research and scholarship focuses on Hawaiian […]

FNIS Associate Professor Dr. Lightfoot Appointed United Nations Representative on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

March 2021 Congratulations to Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Associate Professor with First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Political Science and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, for her recent appointment as the North American member on the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In an interview with SPPGA, Dr. Lightfoot described EMRIP […]

CIS Features: Asivak Koostachin

January 2021 This past January, CIS hosted a live Q&A with Asivak Koostachin, lead actor in Red Snow by Marie Clements. To access the recording of the event, please contact At the event, Asivak discussed his experience making the film in a dynamic conversation with CIS and UBC students. This past summer, Sarah Ann […]

Woli Pecihpon (Happy Winter Solstice)!

A painting of the winter solstice done by C.I.S. Director Dr. Bernard Perley of a lake partially covered in ice with mountains in the background, under a dark blue gradient sky full of stars.
December 2020 As we wrap up a truly unprecedented year for all of us, we at CIS want to celebrate our community togetherness and mutual support with a season’s greeting that acknowledges the challenges of this past year but looks forward to continued success and community health and wellbeing in the new year. Wosiki woliwon […]