Erynne Gilpin

Erynne Gilpin
Indigenous Learning Specialist
Office: HHB 120e

Erynne M. Gilpin is a Saulteaux-Cree Métis Phd Candidate, sessional instructor (Indigenous Studies) and Community Wellness Researcher at University of Victoria. She will defend her final Phd Research and thesis (SSHRC Funded) entitled Land as Body: Indigenous Womxn's Leadership, Wellness and Embodied Governance in September of 2019. She also works as a community Birth-Doula, yoga teacher, performance artist and rock climber. She is passionate about community health leadership and reclaimed relationship to Land and Waters. Erynne is grateful the LTSI community and hopes to contribute to meaningful efforts towards Indigenous approaches to learning, Land-based relationship-building and cultural protocol within educational settings. 

She is also:

  • The founder ofIndigenous Womxn Climb: A community of Indigenous climbers which promotes diverse representation of Indigenous bodies in the climbing world and educates non-Indigenous communities about issues such as Land protocol, permissions, power and privilege and accountability. 
  • Ambassador of  Native Womens Wilderness; a community to raise the voices of Indigenous women in the outdoor realm.

BA (Social Justice and Peace Studies: Western University)
Rotary Peace Scholarship (Human Rights and Popular Education, UCA, San Salvador, El Salvador)
MA (Indigenous Governance, UVIC)
Phd (Indigenous Governance, UVIC)

2019 (forecoming)
Gilpin Erynne, and Hayes Mary. A Collection of Voices: Land-Based Leadership, Community Wellness and Food knowledge Revitalization of the W̱JOȽEȽP Tsartlip First Nation Garden Project. Chapter in Indigenous Food Systems in Canada, Ed. Priscilla Settee and Shailesh Shulka. Canadian Scholars Press. 

Gilpin, Erynne and Wiebe, Sarah. Embodied Governance: Community Health, Indigenous Self-Determination and Birth Practices. Chapter in Bearing the Weight of the World, Exploring         Material Embodiment, Demeter Press.

Gilpin, Erynne. From a Place of Love in Everyday Acts of Resurgence: People, Places, Practices (Ed. Corntassel et al). International Cry (IC) Magazine: International Journal of Indigenous Studies. Washington: Daykeeper Press. 


Gilpin, Erynne. Reflections of an Indigenous Doula: Birth as Resurgence. Tribe de Mama, VOL: 10 - Winter Issue 2016. (forecoming)


Gilpin, Erynne., Wahkitowin: Centring Relationship in how we eat meat. GUTS: Canadian Feminist Magazine. 


Gilpin, Erynne., Eating Animals., May 25, 2015. Gumption Inc: Health & Environmental  <>

Gilpin, Erynne., Decolonizing Health: WJOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation Garden Project

Wellness: From the Land-Up., Grumption Inc: Health & Environmental., May 3, 2015 , <> 

Gilpin, Erynne., A Collection of Voices: Tsartlip First Nation Garden Project., 2014

-Educational resource which centres the Tsartlip First Nation Garden Project as a viable model for self-determination and Indigenous Governance. 

-Tsartlip Nation used this resource in their presentation of the project at the Indigenous Food Sovereignty (IFS) Conference in Seattle., W.A. 2014