Our people

Our team reflects the diversity of Indigenous identities across Turtle Island and internationally as we identify as Indigenous peoples from: Coast Salish, Vancouver Island; Mi’kmaq, east coast; Turtle Mountain Ojibwethe and Ubuntu, South Africa.

We're currently in the process of hiring three new faculty members to help build a dynamic future for the IGov program. We'll post an announcement once we've identified the successful candidates.

Research and teaching faculty

Devi Dee Mucina

Program Director
Indigenous Governance

Devi Dee Mucina is an Indigenous Ubuntu from the Ngoni and Shona people of southern Africa. He received his PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto.

His academic interests are Indigenous African philosophies, decolonizing Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous fathering and other-fathering, and using Ubuntu oralities and disability studies to understand the social memory of Indigenous children.

Office: HSD A260
Dr. Heidi Kiiwetinepineskiik Stark

Associate Professor
Political Science
Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2008. Her doctoral research focused on Anishinaabe treaty-making with the United States and Canada and serves as the foundation for her manuscript, Unsettled: Anishinaabe Treaty-Relations and U.S./Canada State-Formation (in progress, University of Minnesota Press, First Peoples Series).
Office: DTB A351

Program staff

Marla Sampson

Graduate Secretary and Program Assistant
Indigenous Governance
Office: HSD A260
Shawna McNabb

Administrative Officer
Indigenous Governance
Office: HSD A260