Erin Goodpipe is a proud member of Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she has lived across western Canada and now finds home closer to her roots in Regina, Saskatchewan. Currently she attends classes at the University of Regina with a major of anthropology in the faculty of Arts. You can find her amongst the throng in the Aboriginal Student Centre where she assists in the development of the nitôncipâmin omâ, first year student success program for aboriginal students or brainstorming ideas in her position of student affairs on the Indigenous Students Association. Coupling her on campus endeavours with her Research Assistant position at IPHRC, she hopes to empower aboriginal people to promote culture, pride and a healthy lifestyle.
What are you studying in university right now?
I’m in the Faculty of Arts studying Anthropology in my second year. I started with IPHRC this past September.
What is your role at IPHRC?
I’m a Research Assistant so I aid the Research Associates when we go out into the field. We help with programming and I do the creative writing and theatre games every once in awhile. I also provide some extra support for the youth.
What are you learning in your time with IPHRC?
I’m learning so much. I’m learning how to come out of my shell. I’m learning how to do theatre, creative writing, and how to be a teacher. It’s neat because we’re challenging the norms of institutionalized teaching. We’re doing arts-based programming and it’s basically about expressing yourself. We can’t stand above people and tell them how to express themselves. So for the researchers, it’s a learning process. It’s very reciprocal and we’re giving the youth a voice to tell their stories. That’s the big thing that I’ve learned here – we’re all in this together.
What are your career goals?
Everyone has an idea of where they want to go. I want to be a researcher. I’m not entirely sure what field, and I’m really interested in education right now. I don’t want to teach in elementary or secondary classroom settings but I want to educate people in different forms. So IPHRC matches up nicely with that because I believe in hands-on learning, and being able to give people the medium and the foundation to do that.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I love working here at IPHRC. It’s an Indigenous way of working. We have this trust in each other that we will get things done. I think that’s what’s really valued in a team.
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