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.

Georgina Martin

Department Chair

Building 355,  Room 308. Phone 250-753-3245, Ext. 2763. Mail drop: 355. Email: Georgina.Martin@viu.ca

Laurie Meijer Drees


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.

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