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

Emily was raised on Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territory on Vancouver Island, as well as Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. She has Irish, Scottish, Polish, and Acadian heritage. Emily holds a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Victoria.

Communications & Outreach Assistant

Tait is a 3rd 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.

Senior Program Assistant (Students)

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.


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