2015-2016 Faculty Achievement and Publications


Performing Turtle Island Gathering of Indigenous Theatre and Performance
In September 2015, Jesse Archibald-Barber was a co-director, with Kathleen Irwin, for the Performing Turtle Island Gathering of Indigenous Theatre and Performance at the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina. This Gathering brought together established and emerging scholars and artists in the form of a national symposium on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health. The Gathering included over a hundred presenters and performers involved in over 30 events, providing a diverse range of keynotes, performances, seminars, and workshops that touched on innovative approaches to performance, education, research, health, and community consultation. This Gathering had local, national, and international reach, serving as the Canadian node of Performance Studies International’s Globally Dispersed Conference 2015: Fluid States: Performances of nknowing. This international connection enabled our Gathering to interact with 15 other conferences across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and the Pacific.

The Gathering was supported by a SSHRC Connections Grant of $24,899; two University of Regina President’s Conference Fund Awards of $3000 each for a total of $6,000; a SaskCulture Multicultural Initiatives Fund Award of $7000; and a contribution from First Nations University of Canada of $3000. Additionally, several in-kind contributions brought the total budget for the Gathering to over $80,000. As a follow-up, we are editing a publication of essays and artist reflections that came out of the Gathering, titled Performing Turtle Island: New Essays on Indigenous Theatre and Performance.

Indigenous Literary Studies Association’s Inaugural Gathering

Jesse Archibald-Barber joined the executive team of the newly formed Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) in 2014. ILSA’s guiding purpose is to honour the history and promote the ongoing production of Indigenous literature in all forms, as well as to advance the ethical and vigorous study and teaching of those literatures, to reaffirm the value of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies within literary expression and study. ILSA’s first main project was its Inaugural Gathering at Six Nations, October 1 – 3, 2015. This Gathering sought to build relationships among education institutions and Indigenous groups based on reciprocity and respect. Our aim was to foster collaborative discussions among creators, teachers, scholars, and readers of Indigenous literatures to better understand how research can become more accountable to the interests, concerns, and intellectual pursuits of Indigenous communities. The Gathering was a resounding success, and we followed this with the 2nd Annual Gathering at Congress 2016 in Calgary. In 2017, the Gathering will return to community and be held on the Sto:lo First Nation, and we look forward to hosting the Gathering at First Nations University as part of Congress 2018 in Regina.


Jesse Archibald-Barber published a short story, “The Bowl Game,” in The Malahat Review: Elusive Boundaries: Mapping Creative Nonfiction in Canada. #193 (2015), and “A Story of Story Finding” in Freelance 45.4 (2015). He also guest edited the summer issue of Grain: The Journal of Eclectic Writing 42.4 (2015).


2015 Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study

Phase 2: Addressing Priorities In women-centred HIV care across the life course Canadian Institutes of Health Research Gender and Health

Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Mona Loutfy, Marissa Becker, Saara Greene, Sharon Bruce, Angela Kaida, Alexndra de Pokomandy

GRANT $1,500,000.00

2015 Addressing Social and Structural Drivers of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Diverse Young Women in Canada: A Mixed Methods, Multi-Site Cohort Study Canadian Institutes of Health Research Gender and Health

Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Carmen Logie & Mona Loutfy

GRANT $100,000

2015 Indigenous Water Co-Governance: Emerging Models of Distributed Water Governance in British Columbia and Alberta Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Karen Baaker, Leila Harris, & Emma Norman; Community partner Caleb Behn, Keepers of the Water

GRANT: $103.440



York, Fanny, Collette, Vincent & Kevin Brousseau
2017 Les verbes de parole en cri de l’Est. Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec (inpress, peer review)

2016 L’histoire des mots : toboggan. Revue historique 27(1):55.

2016 Morphologie et morphosyntaxe du creenglish. La Revue de l’association québécoise des enseignants du français langue seconde 32(1):88-104 (peer review)

2015 Two idiomatic verbs of speaking in North East Cree. Papers of the 46th Algonquian Conference. Macauley, M. (ed.), Buffalo: SUNY Press (in press, peer review)

Conferences & Presentations

2016 48th Algonquian Conference, held in Milwaukee (USA).
Title: Paradigmatic Levelling in Transitive Animates Verbs in South East Cree.

2016 Atelier autochtone interculturel: Savoirs scientifiques et locaux en recherche nordique. Held in Montreal (Canada).

2016 Presentation in Carry-the-Kettle (Saskatchewan, Canada).
Title: Tools for the revitalization of the Nakota language.

2016 Organizer of the 3rd Prairies Workshop on Language and Linguistics, held in Regina (Canada).

2016 3rd Prairies Workshop on Language and Linguistics, held in Regina (Canada).
Title: How to refer to a deceased person in Cree.

2015 47th Algonquian Conference, held in Winnipeg (Canada).
Title: South East Cree Dubitative Markers.
Title: The Use of Bitumen by the Algonquian peoples: Archeological, Ethnohistoric and Linguistic Relationships (with Dr. Andrew Miller, FNUC)



Gendron, F., Hancherow, A., and Norton, A. 2016. Exploring and revitalizing Indigenous food networks in Saskatchewan, Canada, as a way to improve food security. Health Promotion International.
doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw013

Ferreira, M.P., Palmer, J., McKenna, B., and Gendron, F. 2015. A traditional elder’s anti-aging cornucopia of North American plants. Foods and dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of disease in older adults. Edited by R.R. Watson, Academic Press, Elsevier. Oxford, UK. pp. 3-11.

Alkholy, S.O., Gendron, F., Dahms, T., and Ferreira, M.P. 2015. Assessing student perceptions of indigenous science co-educators, interest in STEM, and identity as a scientist: a pilot study. Ubiquitous Learning, An International Journal. 7(3-4): 41-51

Gendron, F, Alqahtani, S.N., Alkholy, S.O., Haque, D., and Ferreira, M.P. 2015. Native/Aboriginal students use natural health products for health maintenance more than other university students. International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 1(3): 1-9

Gendron, F. 2016. How to bring traditional knowledge in science courses. 39th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology, March 18. Tucson, Arizona.

Aamodt, A., Dahms, T., and Gendron, F. 2015. Can we decolonize the online classroom by attempting to bridge Western and Indigenous science? kiskinohamākēwin Lecture Series. October 1. First Nations University of Canada.

Gendron, F. 2015. Working with Elders in Science. Summer Teaching Institute – Indigenizing Teaching, Centre for Teaching and Learning. September 3. University of Regina.

Gendron, F., Stricker, L. 2015. Aboriginal youth’s perceptions of traditional and commercial Tobacco. 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology. May 8. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Dahms, T. Ferreira, M.P., Gendron, F. 2015. Synergistic application of Western and Indigenous knowledge to understanding medicinal plants. President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars Showcase. March 24. University of Regina.

Funding for Dr. Fidji Gendron and Dr. Vincent Ziffle FNUniv Faculty Awards Research Award, $3,000.

Science Unit activities organized with students.

March 31, 2015: St. Angela School-Owl pellets
April 21, 2015: Pilot Butt School-chemistry and light experiment
May 20, 2015: White Bear Education Complex-Seedlings in the prairie
June 10, 2015: St. Angela School-Seedlings in the prairie
September 22, 2015: Carry The Kettle First Nation School-chemistry and light experiment
October 20, 2015: White Bear Education Complex-Hide tanning
November 24, 2015: Chief Paskwa Education Centre-red willow baskets
January 25, 2016: Nakoda Oyade Education Centre, Carry The Kettle First Nation-Chemistry and light experiment
February 29, 2016: Chief Paskwa Education Centre-Biology: hide tanning
March 21, 2016: White Bear Education Complex-Biology: sage hand lotion


Victor, J., Linds, W., Episkenew, J., Goulet, L., Benjoe, D., Brass, D., Pandey, M., & Schmidt, K. (2016). Kiskenimisowin (self-knowledge): Co-researching wellbeing with Canadian First Nations youth through participatory visual methods. International Journal of Indigenous Health (11)1, 262-278.

Linds, W., Goulet, L, Episkenew, J., Ritenburg, H., & Schmidt, K. (2015). Sharing the talking stones: Theatre of the Oppressed workshops as collaborative arts-research with Aboriginal youth. In D. Conrad and A. Sinner (Eds.). Creating together: Participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices and scholarship across Canada. (pp. 3-19). Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press.
Conference presentations
Episkenew, J., Brass, D. (presenters), Goulet, L., Linds, W., and Schmidt, K. (October 21, 2015). Acting Out! But in a Good Way: A documentary. Launch of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Networks Indigenous Hub – First People, First Person. University of Saskatchewan, SK
Episkenew, J. (presenter), Goulet, L., Linds, W., and Schmidt, K. (October 3, 2015). Acting Out! But in a Good Way: A documentary. Indigenous Literary Studies Association. First Nations Polytechnique, Six Nations, ON

Episkenew, J., Caines, R., Goodpipe, E. (presenters), Goulet, L., Linds, W., and Schmidt, K. (September 16, 2015). Acting Out! But in a Good Way: A partnership of improvisation for Indigenous youth wellbeing. Presentation at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation Annual Colloquia. University of Guelph, Guelph, ON.
Goulet, L., & Goulet, K. (June 4, 2015). Dismantling colonial pedagogy: a Nehinuw (Cree) Foundation. Presentation at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association conference, Washington, DC.
Goulet, L., & Goulet, K. (June 2, 2015). Nehinuw (Cree) pedagogy: Action and interaction. Presentation at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Goulet, L., Victor, J., Linds, W., (presenters), Episkenew, J. & Eninew, L. (June 2, 2015). Indigenizing Education through the Arts. Presentation at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Goulet, L., Linds, W., (presenters) Episkenew, J. & Schmidt, K. with K. Goulet & J. Victor. (May 28, 2015). Arts Research as Social Intervention:Engaging in Community based Scholarship withFirst Nations Youth. Presentation at the 5th Triennial International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies Conference, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Victor, J. (presenter), Goulet, L., Linds, W., Eninew, L., & Episkenew, J. (May 22, 2015). Decolonizing research through images of wellbeing. Presentation at the 11th Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.

Episkenew, J. (presenter), Goulet, L., Linds, W., and Schmidt, K. (May 9, 2015). Indigenous youths’ relational wellbeing in the digital era. Presentation at the Digital Diversity 2015: Writing, feminism, and culture. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.,

Ongoing research partnerships
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council: Research on the impact of arts programming on youth wellness

Lac La Ronge Indian Band Education Board: Research on the impact of arts programming on youth wellness


July 27-31, 2015 $60,000 Aboriginal Health Research Network Secretariat subgrant Research project: The Impact of Arts based Teepee Camp on First Nations youth wellbeing Co-principal investigator


April 1, 2014 – March 31, 2017 $60,000 CIHR Network Catalyst Grant: Aboriginal Knowledge and Ways of Knowing Project title: Aboriginal Health Research Network Secretariat (AHRNets) for Aboriginal Knowledge and Ways of Knowing Co-investigator
October1, 2013- September 30, 2016 $553,556 CIHR Operating Grant (3 years): Applying the “Two-eyed Seeing” model to Aboriginal Health Research project: Kitinikewin misiwanacihisowin: Researching arts-based wellness promotion for suicide prevention among Aboriginal youth Co-principal Investigator

Special Event

July 27-31, 2015 3 day Arts based Teepee Camp for youth from the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council. A documentary film was produced on the camp and the impact on the youth who attended. The documentary, entitled Acting Out! But in a good way, is posted on the Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre web page.


New Publication:
Green, B. (2016). Decolonizing the nursing academy. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 36(1), 131-145.



Lovick, Olga.
Analysis: /Aboriginal languages should
be official. /Op-ed in Winnipeg Free Press, July 20, 2015.

Lovick, Olga.
2015. “Dena’ina (Athabascan).”
/Edinburgh Handbook of Evaluative Morphology/, eds. Nicola Grandi & Livia
Kortvelyessy, 536–541. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Lovick, Olga
& Keren Rice. 2015. “Slavey (Dene)
and other Athabaskan languages.” /Edinburgh Handbook of Evaluative
Morphology/, eds. Nicola Grandi & Livia Kortvelyessy, 579–593. Edinburgh:
Edinburgh University Press.


Olga Lovick &
Siri G. Tuttle. 2016. /You shouldn’t say
that: Cultural norms and grammatical description in Alaskan Dene languages.
/Paper presented at the 3^rd Prairies Workshop for Language and Linguistics,
held March 4, 2016 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Caleb Brucks
& Olga Lovick. 2015. /Losing one’s
way:/ /Geographical and moral lessons in the Butterfly Story in Upper Tanana
Athabascan. /*Invited presentation* given at the Alaska Native Place Names
Workshop held on April 29, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska.


Awards and Prizes

Prize Name Awarded To Awarded By
Recognition Award of Regional Centre of Expertise (Saskatchewan) on Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Program Wiseman Mathematics Contest UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development

Service to First Nations Communities
I have initiated and been coordinating Wiseman Mathematics Contest for First Nations schools in 2007. Since that, hundreds of students of First Nations schools from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have been participated on the Contest. In 2013 the Contest has been extended to grade 6.

In the cycle 2014-2015 completed on June 2015, first time in the history of the Contest a school from Saskatchewan (Chief Kahkewistahaw Community School) achieved the highest result. I along with Associate VP Dr. Bob Kayseas visited the school for participating in the awarding ceremony.



Keynote Speaker, “Working
Towards Cultural Proficiency” conference Mount Allison University, March
18, 2016

Presented paper
“First Nations Spirituality: Contemporary Lessons for Achieving Harmonious
Relationships with Human and Non-Human Worlds,” July 20, 2015 at North
American Interfaith Network Conference, Luther College, Regina.

Presented paper
“Persistence of First Nations Spirituality in Canada” at “Celebrating
Ancient/Contemporary Wisdom of Fouth World” Global Seminar, Acharya Nagarjuna
University, Guntur, India, December 14-16, 2015.

Panel Presenter,
“Working Towards Reconciliation: Faith Groups, Survivors and the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” University of Regina, November 26,


Co-Chair First Nations University of Canada Fourth Anniversary Planning Committee

External Examiner for Trent
University Ph.D. Candidate Robert Phillips, April 20, 2015.


50th International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages

(August 5-7, 2015, University of British Columbia).

Presentation of the following papers:

“The Barrier Breached: Ongoing Cooperations between Native Speakers and Linguists”
(Invited speaker).

Published in the Papers for the 51st International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages, August 2016.

“Lillooet Irrealis: How Real Is It?”

47th Algonquian Conference

(October 22-25, University of Manitoba).

I participated in the conference, but due to severe health problems affecting my wife and me at that time I was not able to submit my intended paper to the conference in time. However, a revised and expanded version (“Cree Animacy Hierarchy: A Conspectus”) was presented on my behalf at this year’s Algonquian Conference (October 13-16, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) by a colleague from the University of Chicago.

3rd Prairies Workshop on Language and Linguistics

(March 5, 2016, First Nations University).

Presentation of the following paper: “Máhyeqs and the Mouse: A Lillooet Story.”


Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh (These Are Our legends). University of Regina Press, fall 2015.

“Lillooet Irrealis: How Real Is It?” Pp. 73-82 of Natalie Weber, Erin Guntly, Zoe Lam, and Sihwei Chen (eds.), Papers for the 50th International Conference on Salish and neighbouring Languages. University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics, vol. 40, July 2015.

English-Lillooet Dictionary.
[In progresss. Almost 50% completed and to be submitted for publication to the University of British Columbia Occasional Papers in Linguistics, which published my Lillooet-English Dictionary in 2013.]

“A Translation of ‘Nieuwe Woorden
in het Blackfoot’ by C. C. Uhlenbeck.” [Translation of a Dutch article on neologisms in Blackfoot, originally published in 1925. Completed and to be published in an upcoming volume with essays on the life and work of C. C. Uhlenbeck.]

Grant Reviews:

Reviews of two major grant research proposals on Canadian First Nations languages, one submitted to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the other to the National Science Foundation (U.S.).



Wolvengrey, Arok.
2015. “Foreword”. vii-viii in Jan van Eijk, ed., Nilh Izá Sptákwlhkalh / These Are Our Legends. First Nations Language Readers, Memoir 5. Regina: University of Regina Press.

- as series editor, I also formatted this Lillooet book for final submission.

Wolvengrey, Arok.
2015. “Plains Cree (Algonquian)”. 568-578 in Nicola Grandi and Lívia Körtvélyessy, ed., Edinburgh Handbook of Evaluative Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

- invited contribution to international typological textbook.

Papers Presented:

“The Algonquian Circle of Reference: Teaching the Direct-Inverse System.”

- paper presented at the 3rd Prairie Workshop on Languages and Linguistics, First Nations University of Canada, March 5, 2016, Regina, SK.

Harrigan, Atticus, Lene Antonsen, Antti Arppe, Dustin Bowers, Trond Trosterud, and Arok Wolvengrey. “Learning from
Computational Modelling of Plains Cree Verbs.”

- paper presented to the 17th International Morphology Meeting, Vienna, February 18, 2016.

“Preverbs in a Plains Cree Text Corpus: some preliminary findings.”

- paper presented at the 47th Algonquian Conference, University of Manitoba, October 23, 2015, Winnipeg, MB.

Junker, Marie-Odile, et al. “Dictionaries and Linguistic Atlas Project: a progress report.”

- paper presented at the 47th Algonquian Conference, University of Manitoba, October 23, 2015, Winnipeg, MB.

Antonsen, Lene, Antti Arppe, Atticus G. Harrigan, Trond Trosterud, and ArokWolvengrey. “Modelling the Plains Cree Verb.”

- paper presented at the 47th Algonquian Conference, University of Manitoba, October 23, 2015, Winnipeg, MB.

Research partnerships:

“Algonquian Atlas and Dictionaries Project”, Dr Arok Wolvengrey(FNUniv) is co-investigator with Dr. Marie-Odile Junker (Carleton University), Dr. Nicole Rosen (University of Manitoba), Dr. Rand Valentine (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

- creating web grammatical and dictionary resources at: http://www.atlas-ling.ca/

“21st Century Tools for Indigenous Languages Project”, Dr. ArokWolvengrey (FNUniv) is a collaborator on this project with Dr. Antti Arppe (University of Alberta), Dr. Trond Trosterud and Lene Antonsen (University of Tromsø, Norway)

- creating online grammatical, dictionary and other language learning tools at: http://sapir.artsrn.ualberta.ca/itwewina/