Indigenous Initiatives

Amy Perreault

Senior Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives

Amy is the Senior Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Amy is proudly Red River Métis, with mixed European ancestry. She was born in Thompson Manitoba but spent most of her childhood fishing, picking huckleberries, hiking and being on the land and water ways in the East and West Kootenay’s on the traditional territories and homelands of the Ktunaxa Nation. She holds an MLIS from the UBC School of Information, where she currently serves as adjunct faculty and oversees the First Nations Curriculum Concentration. Amy works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Indigenous and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects, as well as her own experience as an Indigenous student, staff and faculty member at UBC, clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Indigenous curriculum.

Team (listed alphabetically)

Hannah Coderre

Educational Consultant, Curriculum and Student Development

Hannah joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives team in December 2020 as an Educational Consultant, Curriculum and Student Development. Hannah is proudly Métis, a citizen of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and of mixed European ancestry. She is from Treaty 8 territory, born in Grande Prairie, Alberta and is now grateful to be here on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Hannah works alongside our team and partner units to ensure that CTLT programming, resources, and support services centre Indigenous student experiences. She recently completed the Master of Education (SCPE) program at UBC, where she held the student position of SAGE Coordinator/Indigenous Graduate Student Mentor. Prior to UBC, she worked in the Calgary non-profit sector, supporting the capacity building of local organizations and was a coordinator of a community GED program.

Claudia Diaz, PhD

Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives

Claudia joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiative team in November 2020 as an Educational Consultant. Since 2010, she has been living, learning, and teaching on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. Before 2010, Claudia worked as an educator with women’s grassroots organizations and as an educational consultant in a poverty-reduction program in inner-city schools. In CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives, she supports professional development programming, educational resources, and strategic initiatives related to Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from UBC. Claudia has also been teaching in the Faculty of Education and the Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) about social justice in education and intersectional approaches to gender at UBC since 2018.

Janey Lew, PhD

Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives

Janey joined CTLT’s Indigenous Initiatives team in August 2015 and is grateful to work and learn at UBC on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Musqueam people. As Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, Janey supports faculty engagement and professional development on topics related to intersectional differences, social justice, and critical Indigenous studies in teaching and learning. Janey is an experienced facilitator in a variety of community and educational settings, and holds a PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining CTLT, Janey taught courses in the Asian American Studies Program at UC Berkeley, the English departments at Capilano University and Douglas College, and the First Nations Studies Programs at SFU and UBC.

Kyle Shaughnessy

Educational Consultant: Staff Training, Indigenous Initiatives

Kyle holds a joint position between HR Workplace Learning & Engagement and CTLT Indigenous Initiatives as Education Consultant: Staff Training, at the University of British Columbia, situated on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. Kyle is a Two-Spirit, trans person of mixed Indigenous (Dene) and European (Irish & Ukrainian) ancestry, and is a social worker and writer originally from the Northwest Territories and rural BC. He holds an MSW from Dalhousie University and his professional background includes health education, institutional & systems change, Indigenous community engagement & cultural safety consultation, LGBT2Q+ advocacy, and Two-Spirit teaching & learning practices. Kyle’s role as Education Consultant: Staff Training is to provide consultation and support for staff (including teams and leadership) seeking to foster greater integration of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives in university programming and engagement strategies.

Keirra Webb

Place & Power, Project Coordinator
Educational Program Coordinator, Indigenous Learning Pathways Project

Keirra joined the Indigenous Initiatives team as a student in September 2019 and currently holds an embedded Faculty of Arts position with Indigenous Initiatives as Place and Power, Project Coordinator; she also works with HR Workplace Learning and Engagement as Educational Program Coordinator, Indigenous Learning Pathways Project. Keirra is a white settler of Scottish and English ancestry who graduated from UBC on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm people with a BA in Honours English and First Nations & Indigenous Studies. The purpose of her dual role is to locate and provide recommendations for implementation and infrastructure creation around Indigenous-focused curricula for students, staff, and faculty at the University. Her work on the What I Learned In Class Today, Place and Power, and Indigenous Learning Pathways projects shares an awareness of the power of conversation in creating supportive campus climates, and locates Indigenous representation and Indigenous curriculum as central to this process.

Erin Yun

Educational Consultant, Classroom and Campus Climate

Erin started at CTLT since being a graduate student in 2013 and is thankful to work and learn on the unceded and traditional territory of the Musqueam people. Erin supports and leads UBC teaching and learning community’s professional and capacity development in helping to create a classroom climate that is supportive to teaching and learning. She provides consultation, process design, facilitation, programming, and resource development services to faculty, staff, and graduate students, focused on difficult conversations related to classroom and campus climate, and Indigenous engagement within teaching and learning.