For his PhD, Nick Claxton aimed to revitalize the knowledge, ceremony and practice of a fishing practice unique to the Straits Salish people and banned by the colonial government 100 years ago.

Lou Claxton and Timothy Montler working together at a computer

W̱SÁNEĆ Elder Lou Claxton provides translations for audio recordings of SENĆOŦEN. Linguist Timothy Montler is working with fluent speakers to develop a comprehensive dictionary and electronic archive of SENĆOŦEN.

Trish Rosborough next to a SENCOTEN language poster

An adult learner of her late mother's first language, Kwak’wala, Trish Rosborough often uses a narrative approach to her research, sharing stories of her personal journey as alanguage learner, teacher and researcher.

Onowa McIvor by the water

As part of the NEȾOLṈEW̱ project, Onowa McIvor is working with a network of Indigenous-led organizations to strengthen efforts to revive Indigenous languages. She is at SṈAḴE, the SENĆOŦEN name for the Cadboro Bay/Mt. Tolmie area.

Our research strengths

Our research aims to deepen our understanding of Indigenous pedagogies, histories and ways of knowing. We study the diverse settings in which Indigenous education takes place, including online, outdoor and community learning environments.

Our researchers investigate the impact of the resurgence of Indigenous cultures and knowledge systems, Indigenous teacher education and student success, and the benefits of Indigenous pedagogies and practices for all learners.

Another research focus is Indigenous language revitalization. In collaboration with Indigenous community partners, this work seeks to document and gain insight into adult Indigenous language learning, and explores the connections between language and health and well-being.

Meet our researchers

Assistant Professor
Indigenous Education
Indigenous education, Diversity a social justice, Second language acquisition, Indigenous early childhood education, Teacher education, Arts-based and place-based education, Formal and non-formal education, Community-engaged scholarship.
Office: MacLaurin A270
Associate Professor
Indigenous Education
The NEȾOLṈEW̱: ‘one mind, one people’ project aims to deepen the understanding of best practices of adult Indigenous language learning (AILL), how adult Indigenous learners contribute to passing on their language to others in their communities and families, in addition to how language is linked to health and well-being.
Office: MacLaurin A463
Professor and Chair
Indigenous Education
Indigenous education, Indigenous worldviews, online learning, Indigenous research, teacher education, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous pedagogy, Indigenous student success
Office: MacLaurin A260
Associate Professor
Indigenous Education
Indigenous language revitalization; Indigenous epistemologies; Indigenous language learning and teaching; language immersion; mentor-apprentice; Kwak’wala
Office: MacLaurin A267