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.

Dante is a software engineer by trade with a focus on emerging media. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from UBC, and is passionate about user centered design and computer graphics. He aims to use his knowledge to facilitate the pursuit of software projects at and beyond the University though the CEDaR space.

Administrative Assistant (on leave)

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.

Administrative Assistant

Andrea (she/her) is our administrative assistant. Her family is originally from Chile but she was born and raised in Edmonton, AB, making her the first in her family to have been born in Canada. Andrea enjoys gardening and growing sunflowers in her gardens, walking along Vancouver’s beaches or trails, and she recently begun taking dance lessons. A fun fact about Andrea is that she is also a Red Seal commercial baker! When she is not out enjoying life, Andrea can be found at home cuddling her pandemic kitty, Minion, whom she adopted in the summer of 2020.

Work Learn Communications and Outreach Assistant

Sabrina (she/her) is in her third year in the Faculty of Arts studying Sociology with a minor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies. She is born and raised on Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan with Cree and Métis ancestry. Sabrina is a member of the James Smith Cree Nation with maternal ties to Piapot Cree Nation. When not in the office, Sabrina is involved with the Indigenous student communities on the UBC Campus, the First Nations Longhouse and enjoys spending time in nature.  

Director of CIS & 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.

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.

Communications and Outreach Program Assistant

Jessica (she/her) is the program assistant at the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. On her maternal side of the family, Jess is Bonnechere Algonquin of the Algonquins of Ontario and was raised in Oshawa, ON, she moved to Vancouver in 2018 for her bachelors degree at UBC. Jess will graduate in Spring 2022 with her BA in Psychology and is going on to do her Master’s degree at SFU in Educational Psychology. In her free time, she is a freelance artist, and aims to incorporate creativity into child education and art therapy. Jess is an avid proponent of mental health, disability, and accessibility advocacy in university and healthcare while being particularly passionate about Indigenous health disparities that youth and students face, both inside and outside of post-secondary education.