Aurora Skala

Aurora Skala
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Indigenous Knowledge Researcher
First Peoples' Cultural Council

Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies - BA with distinction (2013), MA (2015)

Aurora is currently working in the field of Indigenous language revitalization at the First Peoples' Cultural Council. Her work involves supporting communities to revitalize languages by administrating grant funding and language programs. She is a beginner at learning the SENĆOŦEN language. She continues to be involved with archaeology, mostly through teaching at Continuing Education and occasional side projects.

I have heard lots of people say their education was a piece of paper which didn't specifically prepare them for the careers they ended up. I have to say, that has not been my experience. I went to University a little later then some, I was a mature student, and was looking for a change, so I was taking courses to find out what I liked. I discovered I wanted to take as many archaeology classes as I could! I was lucky, I feel like my degree has prepared me extremely well for my career. I have a much deeper understanding of the history of the land I live in, and the community-engaged archaeology research I conducted for my MA helped identify for me what my real vocation is, in terms of social justice.