Dr. Rod McCormick

Dr. Rod McCormick (Kanienkehaka-Mohawk) is a Senior Professor and BC Government endowed Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Thompson Rivers University. Before moving back to his partner’s home community of T’Kemlups te Secwepemc, Rod was a psychologist and counselling psychology professor at the University of British Columbia for 18 years. …

Adam Babin, Laurentian University

Adam Babin Makwa Inini nindizhinikaaz, Sudbury, Ontario N’indojibaa. I received my B.A. in the Indigenous Social Work program at Laurentian University, where I am continuing my academic journey in the Masters of Indigenous Relations. My thesis titled Teepees, Sweat Lodges, & Wheelchairs: First Nations People with Disabilities and their Sense of Belonging. I am married to an …

Jebunnessa Chapola, University of Saskatchewan

Jebunnessa Chapola is a Ph.D. candidate at Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her research interests include newcomer and Indigenous women’s empowerment, community building, decolonization, anti-racism and responsibilities for Indigenous reconciliation. As a racialized settler woman, she has developed a strong understanding of decolonial autoethnography and collaborative community …

Robline Davey, Simon Fraser University

Robline Davey (Robbi) has recently completed a Master of Education at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and beginning a doctoral program at SFU in Educational Technology in Fall 2020. Robbi’s research interests include exploring the way distance learning and the digital spaces can provide increased access to post-secondary education for Indigenous students. A media specialist in online education, she plans to integrate design thinking and her recent experience as an online student, to bring an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to her research. Other research interests include revitalizing traditional food and technology, as a way to bolster Indigenous health and well-being. Recently, Robbi worked on successful interdisciplinary community-driven CIHR and SSHRC grant applications. Robbi is the mother of a 9-year old boy and currently works in the Career and Experiential Learning Department as the Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator.

See Robbi’s presentation on Wednesday, August 12th at 11:00 am PST/ 3:00 pm ADT.

Tiffany Benn and Sandy Bonny, University of Saskatchewan


Tiffany Benn, Dakota Sioux from Birdtail Sioux Reserve, and mother of 4 awesome kids is a 3rd-year student in the U of Regina Social Work Program at our Saskatoon Campus, and alumni of the University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Sociology Program (BA 2019). Tiffany first joined the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP) community as a student in the Star Blanket first-year Learning Community and has stayed connected working as an ISAP peer mentor since 2017. Tiffany is looking forward to another year mentoring with the program in 2020-21.



Sandy Bonny, a non-Indigenous member of Saskatoon’s Treaty 6 community, and mother of one awesome kid has an interdisciplinary background in the Earth sciences (PhD. 2007) and literary arts. Sandy has worked with the USASK College of Arts & Science ISAP program since 2012 in various roles as an instructor, curriculum and program developer, and currently as ISAP team lead.

See Tiffany and Sandy’s poster here.
See Victoria’s presentation, Friday, August 14; 8:30 am PDT/ 12:30 pm ADT.





Victoria Bomberry, Western University

Victoria Bomberry niiónkia’ts.  Wakhskaré:wake niwaki’tarò:ten, Kanien’kehá:ka niwakhontsiò:ten tánon Six Nations nitewaké:nonh.  Tsi McMaster University wa’tkatén:tsha ne Hon. BSc. Geography & Environmental Sciences.  Ó:nen nón:wa kéntho tsi Western takatáhsawen ne kateweienhstá:ne’s né:ne MA.  Ionkienawá:se’s tánon ionkerihonnién:nih ne Dr. Chantelle Richmond. E. Victoria Bomberry is Mohawk Bear clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. Victoria earned an Hon. BSc. in Geography and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University and is a first year MA student at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. Victoria’s research examines the relationships between housing availability and affordability and the decisions of Indigenous peoples to pursue and complete post-secondary studies. In her graduate research, Victoria will investigate the student housing models of Canadian universities in relation to the needs of Indigenous learners. 

See Victoria’s poster here.
See Victoria’s presentation, Thurday, August 13th; 8:30 am PDT/ 12:30 pm ADT.

Christine Smillie-Adjarkwa, University of Toronto

Christine Smillie-Adjarkwa (Naawe Giizhigoo Kwe)

My name is Christine Smillie-Adjarkwa and my Spirit name is Naawe Giizhigoo Kwe (Centre of the Sky Woman) and I am from the Otter Clan. I am originally from the Sault Ste Marie area but have lived most of my life in Vancouver and Toronto. My background is Metis, Anishinaabe and Celtic, with matrilineal ties to Garden River Reserve, ON. I am the mother of 3 and Nokomis (Grandmother) to 3. My Ph.D. studies are at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Program with a Collaborative Program in Indigenous Health.

See Christine’s poster here.

Jenny Gardipy, University of Saskatchewan

Jenny Gardipy is a mother of six and Kokom (grandmother in Cree) of four from Beardy’s and Okemasis First in Treaty 6 Territory. Jenny currently completes her 1st year as a PhD student in the Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Saskatchewan. Jenny graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011 with a

Master’s degree in Public Health. Immediately after obtaining her degrees, she worked with national and local health organizations before becoming the Director of Health for her community. Jenny then joined the federal government in December 2016 as the Director of Business Operations for the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Saskatchewan Region, which is now named the Indigenous Services Canada. Jenny always had an interest in working in the health field and strongly believes that Indigenous peoples have the capacity and knowledge to make healthy changes in their communities. Jenny is passionate about taking an active role in helping communities move towards better health outcomes. Jenny’s mother went blind when I was 13-years old and Jenny witnessed the lack of health services that many in the disabled community face. Jenny’s late father survived the Indian Residential School and passed away on February 15, 2018. Jenny believes her late father’s humble and Nehiyaw (Cree) ways of being continue to be her foundation. Jenny would like her research to contribute to positive health outcomes of Indigenous peoples with physical disabilities.

See Jenny’s poster here.