Leadership and Staff

Associate Director and Practicum Coordinator

Tanya Bob assists with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Practicum, and is also the CIS Associate Director.

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer is the Administrative Support person for the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Jennifer was raised on sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie) and S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō) territory and is of mixed European and Metis ancestry.

Communications & Outreach Assistant

Tait (she/her) is a 4th year student, majoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science. She has German, Irish, and English heritage and is from Treaty 13 territory (Toronto).

Director & Associate Professor

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.

Outreach and Engagement Specialist

Hello! I’m Siera Stonechild, the new Outreach and Engagement Specialist at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. My office is located in Buchanan E255 and I am excited to see everyone there in September. I’m going to be organizing events such as the Beading Circle, Snack and Study, and other activities! Let me know if you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions by calling me, emailing me, or dropping by my office. Messaging me on social media (here) works as well. I look forward to meeting you all! More about me: I’m Cree and Métis from central Alberta. I graduated from UBC two years ago with a BA. A boring fact about me: my major was History.

Student Wellness Assistant

Summer Tyance is an Anishinaabekwe with Ukrainian ancestry originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario and her community is Gull Bay First Nation. She is a fourth-year student majoring in Indigenous Studies and minoring in Political Science with hopes to pursue Indigenous law in the future. Indigenous wellness, justice, and equity have always been goals she strives for, and prioritizes in all that she does. Summer is also an artist, poet, singer, traditional hand drummer, and fancy shawl dancer. They also enjoy baking, swimming, basketball, and exploring new places!

Student Programs Coordinator

Jade coordinates the student programs at the Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS). She holds a Master’s degree in art history from UBC with research interests in Canadian institutional policies towards ethnic and Indigenous populations. Her other research interests include Canadian multiculturalism, Asian migratory and immigrant communities, and Canadian visual representation of ethnic minority populations. Feel free to contact her by email or phone with any inquiries regarding CIS student programs.


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