Books to Build On: Indigenous Literatures for Learning
Meet Our Team
Dr. Aubrey Jean Hanson
Dr. Aubrey Jean Hanson (she/her/hers) is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 and an Associate Professor in Education at the University of Calgary. Her research spans Indigenous literary studies, curriculum studies, and Indigenous education. She is the author of Literatures, Communities, and Learning: Conversations with Indigenous Writers, published with Wilfrid Laurier University Press in spring 2020. Aubrey and Erin were co-leads on the Innovative Initiatives in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education within Undergraduate Teacher Education project. Together they led the team through reviewing the B.Ed curriculum, gathering Indigenous texts, and generating the Books to Build On web resource.
Photo credit: Neville Black
Dr. Erin Spring
Dr. Erin Spring (she/her/hers) is a scholar and educator of British descent now living and working with/in Treaty 7. She grew up on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territories and lived in many different places before moving to Moh’kins’tsis (the Blackfoot name for Calgary). She has been honoured to work with and learn from Blackfoot and Cree communities in Alberta and Manitoba over the past five years. Erin and Aubrey were co-leads on the Innovative Initiatives in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education within Undergraduate Teacher Education project. Together they led the team through reviewing the B.Ed curriculum, gathering Indigenous texts, and generating the Books to Build On web resource.
Anja Dressler Araujo
Anja Dressler Araujo (she/her/hers) is a Settler who was born in Manitoba, grew up on Vancouver Island and has resided in Calgary ever since. Her ancestors immigrated from Europe. Anja acted as the Content Manager and later the Digital Content Development Coordinator. First, she worked on the mapping out the existing Werklund curriculum and interviewing faculty. She then searched for Indigenous literature to include in the database. Finally, she coordinated new teacher graduates from the Werklund School of Education in developing resources and lesson plans using the Indigenous literatures. Anja is currently a grade 4/5 teacher in a German bilingual program in Calgary.
Dustin Walter & Shelly Eli
Okii, My English name is Dustin Walter. My Blackfoot name is Mistukii Ksistukii (Mountain Beaver). I am Ampskapii Pikunii (South Peigan), located in Montana USA and is one of the four tribes from the Blackfoot Confederacy. I have a B.Sc. in Nursing and Master’s in Educational Research from the University of Calgary. I am currently a Doctoral student in Community Health Sciences, specializing in Population/Public Health at the Cummings School of Medicine, University of Calgary. I was a cultural competency consultant on the Innovative Initiatives in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education within Undergraduate Teacher Education project.
Shelly Eli is a Blackfoot from the Piikani Nation (north Peigan) in Southern Alberta. I am a second year Doctoral Student in Educational Research – Language and Literacy at Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. I worked as an Indigenous cultural knowledge holder for the Innovative Initiatives in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education within Undergraduate Teacher Education project.
Kari Dressler (she/her/hers) is a Settler who grew up on Vancouver Island and resided in Calgary for most of her life. Her ancestors immigrated from Europe. As the Information Manager, Kari supported the project by implementing a process for tracking project objectives, resources, and applicable metadata. In addition, Kari conducted community consultation interviews and assisted in report formatting, citations, and proofreading. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, she moved to Victoria, BC to continue her education at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law.
Kayshja Eli is a Blackfoot from the Piikani Nation in Alberta. I am in my third year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge in Bachelor of Arts – General Social Science with a focus on Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies and Anthropology. I worked on the filming community Elder interviews for the Innovative Initiatives in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education within Undergraduate Teacher Education project.
Dr. Dorothea Vanessa Nelson
Dr. Dorothea Nelson was a PhD student when she participated in this project. She feels a connective empathy and commonality with Indigenous peoples. This has led to Dr. Nelson writing the articles Indigenizing Curriculum Development and Online Course Design: A Caribbean Study and Toward theorizing spatial-cultural ‘othering’ in networked learning and teaching practices. She was accepted to present Working in Third Space to Decolonize Curriculum Design at the 6th World Curriculum Studies Conference in Melbourne, Australia. She deems it a privilege to have participated in this project which was a great learning experience for her.