Dr. Shelly Johnson

Dr. Shelly Johnson

Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education
Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University

Dr. Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett), Saulteaux is the world’s first Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing higher education and an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University.

Johnson is a recognized leader in Indigenous research methods and leadership. She arrived to take on her new role as CRC in January 2017 after spending more than four years as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at UBC. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2001, and her EdD in Educational Studies: Leadership and Policy from UBC, in 2011. She has worked within the child protection field in varying capacities since 1984, and spent seven years as the CEO of Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services, working with urban Aboriginal youth to restore and enhance strength and resiliency within the Coast Salish Territory.

“I want to be a part of research that is meaningful to Indigenous peoples, is respectful and relevant of our ways of knowing, being and doing. It must be inclusive and responsible, and be an extension of the practice that I’ve had in the province for 25 years.”

As a visitor to the Secwepemc territory, Johnson seeks support for her research.

“I will visit the Nations, meet with leadership and grassroots people and learn about research that is important to them. A key part of the process is to ask people to guide our research in a good way.”

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