Indigenous Education partners with Indigenous communities and organizations as well as cross-campus departments to offer exciting programs in Indigenous education and Indigenous language revitalization. Our programming in Indigenous education is informed by consultation and relationships with a diverse group of Indigenous partners.

Learn about our community and academic partners.

Indigenous Education advisory board

IED Advisory board group photo in 2018
Members of our advisory board (2017).

The Indigenous Education Advisory Board in the Faculty of Education provides advice on all aspects of the policies, programs and personnel related to Indigenous issues. More specifically, the advisory board provides advice to the faculty as it works to develop the following areas:

  • Indigenous teacher education programming.
  • Addressing the high need for Indigenous educators in our schools and communities who have knowledge of the history, culture, language and current education issues as they relate to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.
  • Meeting the needs of increasing enrolment of Indigenous students in the faculty.
  • Offering education programming that competently and respectfully serves Indigenous communities and people.
  • Addressing access and retention of Indigenous students in the faculty.

The board also provides representation within the faculty to other agencies and programs that serve the interests of Indigenous education.

The work of the advisory board is conducted through regular meetings, co-chaired by longstanding members of the advisory board designated by the Dean of Education.

All board members in attendance have an equal voice in decision-making. From their areas of expertise, members bring to the table wisdom, insight and positive suggestions to enhance the faculty’s Indigenous education programming and service.

The board serves to review and recommend revision of all current policies, programs and practices within the Faculty of Education that focus on Indigenous people and issues. The goal of such revisions is to strengthen the programs, policies and practices making them as responsive and valuable as possible.

The board also recommends new policies, programs and practices in order to attract and retain Indigenous people to the faculty and to increase the prominence of Indigenous issues in the faculty.


Name Affiliation
Nella Nelson Co-Chair, Retired, Community Liaison
Janice Simcoe Co-Chair, Retired, Community Liaison

Community advisors

Name Affiliation
Melissa Austin District Vice Principal, Indigenous Education, School Distict 63
Jon Carr District Principal, Indigenous Education, School District 62
Marlys Denny Vice Principal, School District 62
Kalie Dyer Education, Esquimalt First Nation
Kristely Kelly Education, Songhees First Nation
Shelly Niemi Director of Aboriginal Education, School District 61
Ron Rice Executive Director, Victoria Native Friendship Centre
Denise Sam Post Secondary Advisor, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board
Kendra Underwood Director, Adult Education Centre, WSANEC School Board
Vacant Tsartlip Elder, WSANEC School Board Member
Vacant Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
Vacant Kwakwakawak Territory
Vacant Metis Nation of Greater Victoria
Vacant Native Student Union
Vacant Aboriginal Coordinator/Education Officer, Learning Programs Branch

UVic members

Name Affiliation
Dr. Vanessa Andreotti Dean, Faculty of Education
Dr. Catherine McGregor Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research
Dr. Leslee Francis Pelton Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Todd Milford Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI)
Dr. Rose Vukovic Chair, Education Psychology and Leadership Studies (EPLS)
Dr. Sandra Hundza Director, School of Exercise Science Physical & Health Education (EPHE)
Wendy Seager Administrative Officer, Faculty of Education
Pia Russell Curriculum Library
Dorthea Harris Indigenous Initiaties Coordinator, Indigenous Academic & Community Engagement (IACE)
Dr. Jean-Paul Restoule Professor & Chair, Indigenous Education (INED)
Pam Bevan Assistant to the Chair, INED
Gary Crocker Program Coordinator, Practicum Placements, INED
Colleen Juricic Program Assistant & Graduate Secretary, INED
Aliki Marinakis Language Programs Manager, INED
Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins Professor, INED
Dr. Belinda Daniels Assistant Professor, INED
Dr. Laura Jerke Teaching Professor, INED
Dr. Onowa McIvor Professor, INED
Dr. Carmen Rodriguez de France Associate Professor, INED
Dr. Edosdi (Judy Thompson) Associate Professor, INED
Bethany McNeil Administrative Officer, INED
Vacant Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator, INED