Jane Alcorn


Building 359, Room 103.  Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2053.  Mail drop 355. Email: Jane.Alcorn@viu.ca

Allyson Anderson


Building 355, Room 318.  Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2254.  Mail drop 355. Email: Allyson.Anderson@viu.ca

A member of the Department of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Studies since 1997, Allyson`s ancestral roots reach to Manitoba, and her ancestors, the Red River Métis - although she was born in New Westminster, B.C., and raised in the interior plateau of that province. Allyson received a B.A. from Thompson Rivers University [1992], followed by an M.A.in Sociology from the University of British Columbia [1996]. Currently, Allyson is working on her Ph.D. in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. Aside from Indigenous and women’s issues, her professional interests include Global Studies, Media Studies, and social movements. Personal interests include her large, extended family, as well as horses, gardening, boating, and cooking.

Camie Augustus


Building 355, Room 310.  Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2187.  Mail drop 355.  Email: Camie.Augustus@viu.ca

Camie Augustus joined VIU in 2016. She is originally from Saskatchewan – Cree traditional lands in Treaty 6 territory – where she completed her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. She is interested in a wide array of Indigenous Studies areas, including policy and history, Indigenous knowledge, global Indigenous studies, law and the courts, and issues around identity. She has also taught at the University of Ottawa, Trent University, Michigan State University, and the University of Saskatchewan. Camie also worked in Aboriginal land claims for a number of years. Camie’s other research interests include Aboriginal identity, the impact of race ideology on Aboriginal policy, First Nations and Metis history in Canada, the history of world indigenous peoples, and colonial Aboriginal policy, all with a particular focus on the late 19th century.

Sonya Charlie


Building 700, Room 186.  Phone: 250-746-3586. Mail drop Cowichan Campus. Email: Sonya.Charlie@viu.ca

Violet Elliott


Building 359, Room 103. Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2053. Mail drop 355. Email: Violet.Elliott@viu.ca

Harvey George


Building 700, Room 186.  Phone: 250-746-3586. Mail drop Cowichan Campus. Email: Harvey.George@viu.ca

Georgina Martin


Building 355. Room 308. Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2763. Mail drop 355.  Email: Georgina.Martin@viu.ca
Building 700, Room 306.  Phone: 250-746-3543 (Cowichan Campus).

Laurie Meijer Drees

Chair and Professor

Building 355, Room 304.  Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2035.  Mail drop 355.  Email: Laurie.MeijerDrees@viu.ca

Laurie Meijer Drees has been a regular faculty member in the Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies department since 1998. She has held faculty positions at the First Nations University of Canada, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and work with local Elders has brought her to a deep appreciation of the art of oral history within an Indigenous context. She is the author of two books and numerous articles.
Laurie’s top 3 authors for First Nations content - Julie Cruikshank, Gerald Vizenor, and Maria Campbell.

Keith Smith


Building 355, Room 316.  Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2167.  Mail drop 355.  Email: Keith.Smith@viu.ca

Almost twenty years after completing high school and not particularly fulfilling employment in sales and as a pulp mill labourer I decided to go to university. I soon realized that was where I needed to be even if I didn’t know where it would lead. Along the way between my first day at what was then Malaspina and completing my PhD I met numerous supportive folks who helped define my specific path. The birth of my son in the middle of my PhD work was even more transformative as he created personal and academic challenges but also taught me more about life and myself than I woud ever have believed possible. It has been an honour to teach at VIU for the past fifteen years, to meet and learn from hundreds of insightful students, and to publish two books.

Keith’s top authors for First Nations content - Leroy Little Bear, Taiaiake Alfred, John Borrows, Sarah Carter, and Tom King.

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