The Academic CV

Education

PhD English, UofS, Saskatoon, SK
Fall 2013 – onwards
Supervisor: Dr. Kristina Bidwell
Currently a fourth year in my PhD program, focusing on Family Stories and Kinship within my home reserve of English River First Nation.

MFA Creative Writing, UBC, Vancouver, BC
2008-2012
Supervisor: Keith Millard and Richard Van Camp
Thesis: a 190-page YA novel focusing on traditional Dene legend of shape shifting, using First Nation language and oral traditions. Minored in Poetry.

BA Honours, UofS, Saskatoon, SK
2004-2007
English Major, specializing in Aboriginal literature and 20th Century Poetry and Prose. Minor in Native Studies.

Creative Writing Diploma, St. Peter’s College, Muenster, SK
2002-2004
Two year Creative Writing Diploma in its’ inaugural year.

 

Relevant Work Experience

Photographer/Owner, sweetmoon photography, Saskatoon, SK – www.sweetmoonphotography.com
Feb 2012 – onwards
A multi-genre natural light photographer that focuses on Indigenous portraiture within sessions, weddings, cultural events, community events and art sessions. Works throughout Canada.

Founder/Blogger, tea&bannock – www.teaandbannock.com
Jan 2016 – onwards
Created and participate in a collective blog of Indigenous women photographers from across Canada. Currently creating safe spaces for Indigenous women to discuss ideas about inspiration, culture, language, cultural responsibility and what it means to be a Indigenous woman in Canada.

Post-Secondary Counselor, ERFN, Patuanak/Saskatoon, SK
May 2012 – May 2015
Relevant job duties include heavy communications between students and the First Nation, maintaining Financial Support and Awareness of tuition, living allowance and costs, travel between First Nation and Students to maintain effective and relevant relationships.

PRISM international Contest Manager, UBC, Vancouver, BC
2009-2010
Updating and maintaining mail-out information for three annual writing contest, contacting winners, shortlist and participants through email, reading and selecting entries, other duties as needed.

Alumni Database and Communications Assistant, UBC, Vancouver, BC
2008-2009
Setting up and updating alumni databases, contacting alumni for basic information and other duties as needed.

Researcher/Writer, ACE Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
June-July 2007
Doing the initial research and writing of an Aboriginal recourse manual, available to incoming Aboriginal Grade 12’s. Writing and formatting the first draft, tracking of sources, maintaining communication between groups, etc.

Editor, In Media Res, St. Thomas Moore, Saskatoon, SK
2006-2007
Provided a guiding hand to editing, producing and publishing a finished copy of a bi-annual literary journal.

Intern, Sage Hill Writing Experience, Saskatoon, SK
2006
Completed reports, filed documentation, made contacts, provided support for development of writing camps, readings and grant support.

Editorial Board, In Medias Res, St. Thomas Moore College, SK
2004-2006
Attended weekly meetings, approved work, slight editing, helped in final production layout and distribution.

Editorial Board, the Society, St. Peter’s College, Muenster, SK.
2002-2004
Founding member of the Society, attended bi-weekly meetings, read and approved potential work, slight editing, planned a reading to celebrate new journal.

 

Conference + Class Lectures 

“Indigenous Student Power Panel.” – Guest Panelist
March 2017.
Participated in panel with other Indigenous students on specific academic and social challenges Indigenous students face for Indigenous Studies 107 class, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Storytelling and Oral Narrative.” – Guest Lecturer
October 2016.
Lectured on what storytelling is seen as and can be within Indigenous cultures, as well as showcased examples of oral narratives. St. Thomas Moore, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“World Indigenous Business Forum 2016: Innovative Youth Panel.” – Co-Panel Speaker
August 2016.
Spoke with Business Forum and Community about work with sweeetmoon photography, tea&bannock, PhD studies and how to innovate and create with other Youth Panelists at the WIBF taking place in Saskatoon, SK.

“Remember That One Time: Family Stories and Connection to Community.” – Guest Lecturer
October 2015.
Lectured on the importance of family stories and how they are the first invitation into community, as well as the multiple forms that initial stories are presented in. St. Thomas Moore, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Let Me Tell You A Story: Dene Legends and Dene Stories.” – Panel Speaker
October 2015.
Inaugural Indigenous Literary Studies Association Conferance, “The Arts of Community”. Co-Speaker on joint panel, “The Place of Community-Based Scholarship: Ethics, Location, and Academic Limitation,” with Adar Charlton, PhD Candidate, Professor Tasha Hubbard, and Dr. Nancy Van Styvendale. Six Nations Polytechnic, Six Nations, ON.

“Indian Women, Yo’ – Representations of Indigenous Women in Film.” – Guest Lecturer
September 2015.
Lectured on the history of Indigenous women’s portrayal in mainstream movies, as well as presenting Indigenous films and how Indigenous women are presented in those films. English, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Claiming Back Our Images.” – Guest Lecturer
February 2015.
Lectured on re-claiming visual identity through social media, the breaking down of stereotypes and positive reinforcement by Indigenous peoples. English, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Images of the Indian.” – Guest Lecturer
February 2015.
Lectured on stereotypes – specifically First Nation Stereotypes – and how they came to be within art, photography, music and film and identified key problems of these stereotypes and how stereotypes continue to affect cultural relationships today. English, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Storytelling and Communities.” – Guest Speaker
October 2014.
Lectures in Cultivating Humanities Series, hosted by STM. Co-Speaker with Dr. Alisha Pomazon. Speaking about Life Stories and personal experiences with storytelling from an Indigenous perspective. St. Thomas Moore, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Indian Love Poems and PhD Aspirations.” – Guest Speaker
March 2014.
Speaking about the series Indian Love Poems and positive representation of Indigenous sexual identity, as well as personal journey of obtaining higher education. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“Storytelling and Communities.” – Guest Speaker
October 2013.
Lectures in Cultivating Humanities Series, hosted by STM. Co-Speaker with Dr. Alisha Pomazon. Speaking about how stories connect our past and present. St. Thomas Moore, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

“How We Keep Our History.” – Panel Speaker
Fall 2009.
8th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium, “Research/ers in Times of Change”. Co-Speaker with Brittany Luby, PhD Student. UBC, Vancouver, BC.