Leadership and Staff

Senior Program Assistant (Students)

Sarah Ann (she/her) is a white cis-queer settler with ancestry in Scotland, Poland, and Germany and was raised on the traditional and unceded territory of the Semiahmoo peoples. She currently resides on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ territories near sk̓ʷəyəw̓s (Kitsilano beach). She graduated from UBC with a B.A. in English Literature and FNIS and has recently completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC as well. Sarah Ann has worked with CIS for almost two years in various positions and roles, such as Communications and Outreach Assistant and Graduate Academic Assistant.

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 Assistant 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 Métis ancestry.

Communications & Outreach Assistant

Tait is an incoming 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.


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