2023-24 CASIE Executive
Dr. Sharla Mskokii Kwe Peltier
Dr. Sharla Mskokii Peltier received an Interdisciplinary Phd in Human Studies at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Mskokii Kwe is a member of the Loon Clan at Mnjikaning (Rama) First Nation in Ontario and works to stimulate and support grass-roots development of culture and Anishinaabemowin reclamation initiatives.
Mskokii Kwe has 25 years of extensive experience within the education, social, and health sectors in First Nations and urban contexts. She demonstrates professional and personal commitment to community-based Aboriginal research in education that honors the voices of children, youth, families, Elders, and educators. She is very community-minded and her relationships within the Aboriginal community and professional milieu are well-developed and maintained in the Great Lakes region of Ontario and Alberta.
Mskokii Kwe’s research and teaching experience is rich with community land-based learning approaches and applications for community and post secondary learning. She is dedicated to reconciliation and believes that education about Aboriginal perspectives, histories, cultures and languages is key to building respectful relationships and for healing our relationship with Aki (Land) and each other. Ecological systems theory and Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing provide knowledge systems for understanding and working toward social transformation and reconciliation. The positive impacts of relationship-building, communication, and the creation of a kind, respectful and inclusive environment in the academy are key for making space for Indigenous scholars and culture-based language, thought and pedagogical approaches.
Dr. Melanie Griffith Brice
Dr. Melanie Griffith Brice is currently an Associate Professor and Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Michif/Métis Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.
Dr. Melanie Griffith Brice is Michif, and was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and raised in Metinota, on the shores of Jackfish Lake, Saskatchewan. She enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband, Trevor, and their children and grandchildren.
Dr. Griffith Brice is proud to be a graduate of the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) in Saskatoon, where she learned how to become a Métis educator. She started her teaching career with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division as a classroom teacher, and then
later worked as a teacher-librarian. She had the privilege to return to SUNTEP as faculty, and later worked as the Director of Curriculum in the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Division with the
Ministry of Education in Alberta. She completed her Master’s in Education at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on Métis Teacher Identity, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Alberta focusing on Indigenous children’s literacy.
Dr. Griffith Brice’s work has focused on the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives, cultures, experiences, historical and contemporary contributions, and pedagogical practices across the K-12 education system. She has taught courses in literacy instruction, English Language Arts instruction, curriculum development and instruction, anti-oppressive education, Indigenous education, as well as teaching for the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Institute (CILLDI). Her areas of research include Michif/Métis ways of knowing and learning, Language and Literacy learning and teaching, and Indigenous language revitalization.
Dr. Rebecca Stroud Stasel
Dr. Rebecca Stroud Stasel has mixed heritage including anglo and franco settlers, and Métis. Her doctoral interdisciplinary research explored teachers living and working in the borderlands in overseas teaching and leadership assignments. Her research interests include policy and leadership, decolonizing education, comparative global studies, and Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. While overseas on a social work project, Rebecca noted some similarities regarding the effects of colonization on Indigenous peoples, prompting her to explore interdisciplinary scholarship. Rebecca writes poetry and short works of fiction, and she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling.
Dr. Jennifer MacDonald
Dr. Jennifer MacDonald is a settler-Canadian who grew up along the northern shores of Lake Ontario.
She received her PhD in Curriculum and Learning at the University of Calgary in the Werklund School of Education. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.
Dr. MacDonald's research focuses on how educators and learners build ecological relationships through outdoor learning experiences. As a non-Indigenous educator, she is committed to modelling how all learners can dialogue with topics of truth and reconciliation to understand themselves, and to interact with others, in ways that challenge colonial logics.
Dr. Laura Forsythe
BIO COMING SOON
Born and raised in Whitecourt, Alberta, Karen’s maternal family connects her to Sucker Creek First Nation, where she is a proud Band member. Her paternal family history traces back to the westward migration during the Railroad expansion, with stops in Manitoba and Saskatchewan before settling in Alberta.
With a diverse background in teaching, Karen has worked alongside students across various grade levels, primarily focusing on science education. Karen has also made significant contributions as a curriculum consultant at both the Provincial and Divisional levels. In these roles, she has been instrumental in curriculum development, facilitating professional learning sessions, and analyzing global educational approaches that aim to incorporate Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing.
Her classroom and curricular experiences ignited a passion to delve deeper into the impacts of colonialism, leading her to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Alberta. Karen’s Master’s experience was transformative and prompted her to critically examine her experiences and question the legacies of colonization, ultimately shaping her current pursuit of a Ph.D. program. Her focus is currently on preparing for Candidacy and advancing her research.
Driven by resilience and a commitment to her family, Karen embodies strength and perseverance. She draws upon her family's stories to gain insights into the past, working towards healing and achieving balance in the present. Outside of her academic pursuits, Karen cherishes quality time with her loved ones, often taking leisurely walks in nature and finding solace in restful moments.
Dr. Sara Davidson
Dr. Sara Florence Davidson (sgaan jaadgu san glans) is a Haida/Settler Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She completed her PhD in Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, and her research centres Indigenous pedagogies, literacies, and stories. With her father, she is the co-author of Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning through Ceremony and the Sk’ad’a Stories, a picture book series which is based on family stories and highlights Indigenous pedagogies and intergenerational learning.
Megan Tipler (she/her/iskwew) is a Métis educator who resides in amiskwaciy (Edmonton). She previously worked as a secondary English teacher, where she was committed to disrupting dominant narratives and celebrating and affirming her students' identities in the classroom. In recent years, she moved beyond her classroom and started to use social media as a tool to share information and connect with other educators. She occasionally leads professional learning sessions and has had the opportunity to instruct EDU 211, a required course for all pre-service teachers at the U of A, focused on Aboriginal perspectives in education.
She previously worked as a Program Support Coordinator for the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP), where she supported future Indigenous teachers pursuing their Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Alberta. She currently works for the Office of the Vice Provost, Indigenous Programming & Research, as an Indigenous Strategies Manager. Her favourite job is being the older sister to four younger siblings and aunty to five (soon to be six) nieces and nephews.
Megan is also a graduate student at the U of A. She recently completed her Master's in Secondary Education, focusing on Indigenous perspectives in curriculum and teacher education, and is now working towards her PhD. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, creating digital artwork, sewing, and collecting sneakers.
Past CASIE Executive Members
2022 to 2023
Sara Davidson, Jennifer MacDonald, Sharla Mskokii Peltier, Jackson Pind, & Rebecca Stroud Stasel
2018 to 2020
Dr. Aubrey Hanson, Dr. Dustin Louie, Dr. Jan Hare, Dr. Lindsay Morcom
2021 to 2022
Aubrey Hanson, Jennifer MacDonald, Sara Davidson, Jackson Pind, Sharla Peltier, & Rebecca Stroud-Stasel