Research Affiliates

Our network of Research Affiliates all sign agreements with IPHRC demonstrating and reaffirming their commitment to conducting research with Indigenous communities according to our shared mission, vision, values and understanding. These researchers are from our partner institutions and beyond, ensuring that Indigenous health research and its impacts know no bounds. While they conduct their own research at each of their respective institutions, they may partner on various projects together within our network and outside of it while receiving support from IPHRC in the form of knowledge translation, communications, administrative support or even mentorship for emerging researchers.

 
Dr. Yvonne Boyer
Brandon University

Yvonne Boyer currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health and Wellness at Brandon University. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan and owns Boyer Law Office, where she specializes in providing holistic services that blend mainstream law with Indigenous laws. With a background in nursing, she has more than 15 years of experience practicing law and publishing extensively on the topics of Aboriginal health and how Aboriginal and treaty law intersects on the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. She recently published Moving Aboriginal Health Forward: Discarding Canada's Legal Barriers with Purich Publishing. Yvonne received her Doctorate of Laws from the University of Ottawa and in 2012 completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre. Yvonne volunteers her time and expertise with several organizations and most notably she is a mother to four children and two grandchildren. 

 
Dr. Carolyn Brooks
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Carolyn Brooks is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and publications focus on First Nations youth resilience, Aboriginal women’s health, crime prevention, the politics of punishment, and intimate partner violence. Dr. Brooks has developed strong partnerships in the Battleford Tribal Councils regions, through ongoing community based research work on youth resiliency with the Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs Inc. (BATC) First Nations and on healthy bodies with the Battleford Tribal Council Indian Health Services (BTCIHS). Her research work revolves around community-based partnerships and includes interdisciplinary programs, using mixed and visual methods. Dr. Brooks teaches courses in Aboriginal Justice, Criminology and Social Control.

 
Dr. James Daschuk
University of Regina

Born in Timmins, Ontario, Jim Daschuk is a graduate of Trent University and the University of Manitoba. An Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina, his first book, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life (U of Regina Press, 2013) won 5 Saskatchewan Book Awards and three awards from the Canadian Historical Association including the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for Canadian History.

Clearing the Plains was included in the e Literary Review of Canada's 25 most influential canadian books of the past 25 years and the french translation La Destruction des Indiens des Plaines: Maladies, Famines Organisees, Disparition du Mode de Vie Autochtone was the recipiant of the Govener Generals Literary Award for Translation.

Now in paperback, Clearing the Plains is the #1 bestseller on Amazon's Native American History list.

 
Dr. Colleen Dell
University of Saskatchewan

Colleen Anne Dell is Professor and Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. Her research is grounded in an empowering community-based participatory approach and is specific to Indigenous populations, criminalized women, animal assisted interventions and drug using populations. Dr. Dell’s research interests include identity and stigma and their relationship to healing from drug addiction, substance abuse treatment and programming, self-harm among women and girls, the connection between youth resiliency and inhalant abuse, animal assisted interventions as a healing approach to addictions and mental health, and research methodology and evaluation. She has worked extensively at the community and national levels, including with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Senate of Canada 2013.

Dr. Dell’s research was chosen to be highlighted in the Canada’s Innovation Leaders Health Series 2013 (National Post, Ottawa Citizen). Her work was also chosen to be featured in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ‘Show Me the Evidence’ Series.

 
Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch
University of Regina

Spy Dénommé-Welch is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist. He works in theatre, opera, and video. He completed his PhD in Education at York University (2011), focusing on Indigenous opera creation and decolonizing performance practices. His doctoral research was funded by SSHRC and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and garnered the President Susan Mann Dissertation Award.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at University of Regina, and has several teaching and research interests including: Indigenous methodologies, arts-based and land-based methods, place-based learning, auto-ethnography, music, theatre, and multi-disciplinary arts practices. His academic work is published in journals such as JoLLE, Canadian Theatre Review, Canadian Journal of Native Education, and Public.

 
Dr. Roland Dyck
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Roland Dyck is a nephrologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is focused on the epidemic of diabetes and its complications among Canada's Indigenous peoples. This began with an interest in understanding the excess burden of diabetes-related end-stage renal disease among First Nations people, but now encompasses a wide range of topics including the epidemiology of type 2 diabetes among First Nations children and adults, the inter- and intra-generational consequences of diabetic pregnancies, and issues around quality of diabetes care in First Nations communities.

 
Dr. Mark Fenton
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Mark Fenton attended the University of Saskatchewan, earning a BSc in Anatomy followed by an MSc in Pathology and later an MD.  He went on to do postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Respirology at the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently training lung transplantation at the University of Alberta and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Fenton is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Mark is also the Director of the Saskatchewan Lung Transplant Clinic and active staff in the Sleep Disorders Centre. He is the Program Director of the Adult Respirology Training Program at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Fenton’s research interests include Aboriginal Health, respiratory physiology, sleep medicine and transplant medicine.

 
Dr. Leah Ferguson
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Leah Ferguson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her research is in the area of sport, exercise, and health psychology, with a focus on young women’s physical activity and psychological well-being.  Her current research program is aimed at identifying and understanding resources to facilitate psychological flourishing, including exploring the role of self-compassion (i.e., treating oneself with kindness and understanding in the face of perceived difficulty) to reach one’s potential.  She is particularly interested in exploring the potential usefulness of self-compassion in the lives of Aboriginal peoples, and the Indigenous perspective of psychological flourishing.

 
Dr. Heather Foulds
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Heather Foulds is a Métis Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia. Her research specializes in cardiovascular health, primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and physical activity. Heather’s graduate work collaborated with Indigenous communities in British Columbia to evaluate cardiovascular disease risk factors, the unique cardiovascular health of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia and incorporated a community-based physical activity program to improve the health and fitness of Indigenous community members. She is particularly interested in exploring Indigenous cardiovascular health and the cardiovascular health specific to Indigenous women.

 
Dr. Linda Goulet
First Nations University of Canada

Dr. Linda Goulet has been involved in Indigenous and anti-racism education with over twenty years of experience in Indigenous teacher education. She has presented at many local, national and international conferences­ as a single author as well as jointly with colleagues, students and Elders and has published books and many journal articles. Her current research projects are with First Nations students and their teachers using drama and the arts to explore social issues of health. Her most recent publication, co-authored with her husband Keith who is Nehinuw (Cree), is entitled Teaching each other: Nehinuw concepts and Indigenous pedagogies (2014) published by UBC Press. Together they work with teachers and schools to bring Indigenous understandings to teaching practices.

 

 
Dr. Harminder Guiliani
University of Regina

Dr. Harminder Guliani holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Manitoba, with a specialization in Health Economics and Development Economics. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Regina. Harminder’s research and publications focus on the socio-economic determinants of health, health equity, and international health care financing and delivery. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods of economics exploring issues such as maternal and child health, choice of health care providers, HIV/AIDS and out-of-pocket health expenses in both developed and developing countries. The majority of her research employs quantitative methods on large-scale survey datasets and diverse samples. Harminder has a keen interest in exploring factors that affect Indigenous mental health and wellbeing.

 
Dr. Tarun Katapally
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Dr. Tarun Katapally is a physician and a population health policy researcher at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He is also a quantitative methodologist with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research. As a postdoctoral fellow with IPHRC he obtained training in Indigenous methods and approaches. His expertise is in linking advanced mixed-methods and complex analytical techniques with community-based participatory research to understand the impact of policy and policy-driven contexts and systems on health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. He especially focuses on active living in children and youth. Currently he is the lead for the generation of the India Report Card on the physical activity for children and youth, which is part of Global Matrix 2.0, an international endeavour to evaluate and translate evidence of active living among children and youth in 38 countries spread across six continents. As a principal investigator with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, in partnership with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, he is currently leading the land-based culturally appropriate active living initiative among Indigenous youth.

 

 
Dr. Josh Lawson
University of Saskatchewan

Josh Lawson is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is based out of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), also in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences (Epidemiology) from the University of Alberta. His primary areas of interest are pediatric asthma and respiratory epidemiology but he is also interested in various aspects of child health, lung health, and rural health. Dr. Lawson has been involved in several population based studies and large database studies looking at childhood asthma frequency, morbidity, and risk factors. He is especially interested in asthma along the urban-rural gradient and the reasons for geographic variation in asthma prevalence.

 
Dr. Sean Lessard
University of Regina

Sean Lessard is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education and Core Studies at the University of Regina.  Sean's research interests include narrative inquiry, curriculum studies and Indigenous youth and their families both in and outside of school places.  Sean's most recent work takes place alongside colleagues in the City of Regina where they have co-composed an inter-generational curriculum making space outside of school conceptualized around wellness and the experiences of urban Indigenous youth and their families.  Sean continues to work within communities across Canada in their development of educative and responsive community based programming.  He is a published author and speaker on innovative Indigenous programming that is co-created within community contexts.  

 
Dr. Warren Linds
Concordia University

Dr. Linds has been a full-time faculty member at Concordia since August, 2004. Before beginning his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in 1996, he spent 17 years working in international development education. Dr. Linds also worked for 6 years in community television, radio and newspapers in Vancouver and Newfoundland. He has had extensive experience in popular theatre and community development. This background has been critical to his teaching approach where he brings practical experiences and theoretical approaches together. Dr. Linds has published in the areas of group facilitation, anti-oppression and anti-racism pedagogy, the fostering of youth leadership, and alternative and arts-based approaches to qualitative research and documentation. He has presented at both national and international conferences in education, critical pedagogy, popular theatre and complexity theory.

 
Dr. Charity Marsh
Canada Research Chair in Interactive Media and Popular Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Regina (currently on Maternity Leave)

In April 2005, Dr. Marsh completed her PhD requirements for the doctoral program in Popular Music Studies and Ethnomusicology at York University. In July 2007, Dr. Marsh was awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair position in Interactive Media and Performance at the University of Regina. Also in 2007 Dr. Marsh was awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant and a Saskatchewan Fund for Innovation and Science grant to develop the Interactive Media and Performance Labs as a way to support her ongoing research. In July 2012 Dr. Marsh was awarded a second term as a Tier II Canada Research Chair, this time in Interactive Media and Popular Music. In her artistic practices, Dr. Marsh continues to incorporate interdisciplinary approaches and multiple medias, including turntablism, video, radio broadcasting, text, and soundscape composition.

 
Dr. Lesley McBain
First Nations University of Canada

Dr. Lesley McBain has a PhD in Geography from the University of Saskatchewan and is currently an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada.  Lesley's research is focused on several aspects of health care pertaining to residents living in rural and remote regions of Saskatchewan, particularly the north. Her Doctoral work examined the history of public health nursing in Northern Saskatchewan, while her Post-Doctoral research looked at the contemporary challenges facing northern residents when accessing health care. In keeping with her background in Geography and the relationship between people and place, Lesley's current work is focused on the challenges that Aboriginal people living in rural and remote communities face when trying to access dementia-related health care services for themselves or their family members.

 
Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Cassandra is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. As a PhD candidate studying Indigenous health and education policy, she is the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award worth $108,000 over three years for her dissertation entitled "The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health Disparities." Cassandra is working with Indigenous health organizations in Saskatchewan and Hawaii to examine how self-determined Indigenous health policymaking models are more effective at improving the health of Indigenous people than Western colonial models. In 2016-17, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the U of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health while she works with her community partners throughout the Hawaiian islands. After serving as Associate Director at IPHRC from 2010-16, Cassandra has experience building research relationships with Indigenous communities and government, advocating for improved Indigenous health policies and building capacity in Indigenous health research in Saskatchewan. She currently resides in Regina with her husband and their two sons.

 
Dr. Mamata Pandey
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region

Dr. Mamata Pandey was a Postdoctoral Fellow at IPHRC (November 1, 2013 – April, 30, 2014) investigating the health outcomes for First Nations youth who participate in arts-based workshops. Dr. Pandey's research deals with examining how capacities and limitations influence human performance in any given situation. She is also interested in identifying how limitations can be turned into capacities to help individuals achieve their fullest. Mamata has carried out research on topics in cognitive psychology and health. She has worked at the World Health Organization (Geneva), Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan. She received an NSERC scholarship for pursuing her Doctoral degree in Experimental and Applied Psychology at University of Regina which was completed in April 2013.  Dr. Pandey is a Research Scientist with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Currently she is working on a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation funded research project aimed at improving access to standardised healthcare services for Hepatitis C patients in Indigenous communities in Northern Saskatchewan.  

 
Dr. Pammla Petrucka
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Pammla Petrucka is a Professor and nurse scientist in the College of Nursing, Regina Site. She holds a BScN and MN from the U of S, PhD from the U of A, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre (IPHRC). Her areas of study involve vulnerable or at risk populations including Aboriginal youth, women and children in development, and street youth. She has extensive involvement in research projects and international presence in Canada, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and East Africa. 

 
Dr. Jennifer Poudrier
University of Saskatchewan

Jennifer Poudrier is a Métis sociologist who complete her BA and MA at the University of Saskatchewan before completing her PhD at Queen’s University. She views collaborating with community members an integral part of her research and research happening within the College of Arts & Science. The exchange of knowledge between individuals and researchers is a central part of Dr. Poudrier’s research. Using artwork, she has examined youth resiliency by allowing youth to create artwork representing meaningful parts of their life and community. 

 
Dr. Vivian R. Ramsden
University of Saskatchewan

Vivian R Ramsden, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, MCFP (Hon.) Dr. Vivian R. Ramsden, a Registered Nurse, is Professor and Director of the Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Vivian’s research interests are in: primary health care; participatory health research and evaluation; mixed methods; and, prevention and management of chronic diseases. She was instrumental in the creation of: an innovative competency-based curriculum related to the resident project for the Family Medicine Residency Training Program in Saskatchewan; evidence-informed community-based prevention programs; and, changes in health policy. She is an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and currently sits on the Section of Researchers Council as the Chair, Research Directors.

 
Dr. Julian Robbins
University of Guelph

Julian is a mixed race person with Mi’kmaq ancestry who grew up in southwestern Ontario. He completed a PhD in August 2013 through the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University where he focused on First Nations self-determination in the health field with a particular emphasis on traditional health and healing. Before returning to his studies, Julian was employed as a Research Officer with the First Nations Centre (FNC) of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) from August 2005 - August 2009. In 2006, Julian spearheaded an ongoing activity on the First Nations Centre at the Nations work-plan coined The First Nations Traditional Healing Circle of Elders/Medicine People.  Discussions with healers and Elders from various First Nations communities eventually led to the facilitation of a National gathering called Gegenoatatoltimg: Sharing the Knowledge (September 8-15, 2008). Since leaving NAHO, Dr. Robbins has completed work for various Indigenous organizations where he has been privileged to engage First Nations Elders and healers in the development and implementation of research processes. 

 
Joan Sanderson
First Nation University of Canada

Joan is a member of James Smith Cree Nation through marriage.  She is the traditionally adopted daughter of Elder Danny Musqua. Joan became a professor in the School of Indigenous Social Work in January 1990. Her graduate studies focused on traditional healing approaches, the role of spirituality and metaphysics in holistic healing and processes of personal liberation.  Joan is certified in Somatic Experiencing, Psychodrama and Reality Therapy, and has learned from Elders regarding traditional approaches to healing and balance.  Joan is an accredited therapist through First Nations Health.

 
Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose
University of Regina

Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) from M’Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario She is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, and a methodologist with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR). She serves as the founding Director of the Health Advocacy and Research Training (HART) program, alongside the Fred Sasakamoose Indigenous Youth Leadership and Wellness Program, a youth sport, recreation and health camp at the University of Regina. Dr. Sasakamoose is an Indigenous methodologist utilizing community and participatory-based research approaches with FN communities and peoples.  From a strengths-based, trauma informed decolonizing lens, her research engages Indigenous peoples in defining health and healthy communities; explores the intergenerational effects of historical trauma and traditional healing methods as protective factors with Indigenous peoples; utilizes neurodecolonization, contemplative mind body practices and Sîtoskâkewin© expressive therapies in the promotion of health and wellbeing. Dr. Sasakamoose has received funding from numerous health agencies including Saskatchewan Health Federation and Canadian Institute of Health Research. Her counseling includes group,  girls and women, children and youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Indigenous Qualitative Research.

 

 
Dr. Angela Snowshoe
University of Regina

Dr. Angela Snowshoe is an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Regina and a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 2015. Angela has an ideal balance of clinical and research experiences with youth and adults from diverse and under-serviced populations. Her strong orientation to social justice issues and decolonizing agendas is evident in her work as a professor, clinician, and researcher. Her research interests include the role of cultural connectedness in promoting mental wellness for First Nations youth, Indigenous "places" as a social determinant of mental health, and human-nature relational ontologies among Indigenous peoples. Angela is particularly keen in blending quantitative and Indigenous methodologies to increase the relevance of her research for Indigenous peoples. She is recognized by her colleagues for her practical guidance on conducting strengths-based, trauma-informed, community-oriented, and spiritually-grounded research and therapy with Indigenous peoples of Canada and beyond. Angela is also the founder of The Red Pony Stands® Ojibwe Horse Sanctuary, a not-for-profit corporation that aims to protect, promote, and preserve the critically endangered Lac La Croix Indigenous Pony and its historical and spiritual significance for First Nations peoples.

 
Dr. Michelle Stewart
University of Regina

Dr. Michelle Stewart is an Associate Professor in Justice Studies and Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina. She holds multiple appointments on research teams including being the Strategic Research Lead for Justice Interventions with Canada FASD Research Network. As an applied anthropologist, Michelle’s work involves community-engaged projects focused on cognitive disabilities, mental health and racialized inequalities as they present in the criminal justice system of a settler state. Michelle’s research addresses these social justice issues through mobilization of research findings that focus on policy outcomes while also working directly with stakeholders to change programs and practices as a mechanism to bring about better justice outcomes for individuals but with attention to the systemic nature of these forms of oppression.

 
Dr. Caroline Tait
University of Saskatchewan

Caroline is Métis from MacDowall, Saskatchewan. She received her Ph.D. from the Departments of Anthropology and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. During 1995-1996 academic year, Caroline was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Fellow at Harvard University Departments of Anthropology and Global Health and Social Medicine. Caroline is the past coordinator of the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research funded by the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples Health Research and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University in May 2004. At that time, Dr. Tait joined the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, First Nations University of Canada and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan. In 2007, Caroline joined the Department of Native Studies. In 2012 she joined the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Tait's research spans across North America, contrasting the Canadian and American public health responses to substance abuse by pregnant women.

 
Dr. Tara Turner
First Nations University of Canada

Dr. Tara Turner’s PhD is in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation is titled Re-searching Métis Identity: My Métis Family Story. Tara completed her research with her family, exploring Métis identity, child welfare, trauma, healing, separation, and reunion, as well as Métis research methods. Her PhD research was funded by IPHRC.  Her family Métis history began when her 5th great grandfather Philip Turnor came from England as the first surveyor hired for the HBCHudson’s Bay Company. Turnor Lake in Saskatchewan is named after him.  Dr. Turner is an assistant professor at the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus, in the School of Indigenous Social Work. Her teaching and research interests include identity, health, motherhood, parenting, family and child welfare, and in applying Indigenous thinking, models, and methods to these areas. 

 
Dr. Janice Victor
University of Lethbridge

Janice Victor is an Assistant Professor in Aboriginal Health at the University of Lethbridge. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014 and spent eleven months with IPHRC as a Postdoctoral Fellow prior to beginning her current position. A cultural psychologist, Janice is a qualitative researcher who specializes in narrative inquiry, arts-based methodologies, and community-based research. Her areas of interest include: self and identity, models of treatment and healing, cultural safety, decolonization and reconciliation, narrative and storytelling, violence prevention, and restorative justice. Janice’s research has involved an investigation of sex offender treatment programming, the use of the dramatic and visual arts to promote wellness in First Nations youth, Niisitapi (Blackfoot) cultural literacy programming, and she is developing a project that will investigate ways to improve access to service for criminal offenders with complex social and mental health needs. Janice is a third generation Settler who grew up in Treaty 6 territory near Edmonton.

Dr. H. Monty Montgomery
University of Saskatchewan

H. Monty Montgomery is of Irish-Canadian and Mi’kmaq ancestry and moved to Saskatchewan in 2007.  Prior to this and for more than 20 years, Monty worked to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels in service to Provincial and First Nations governments, non-profit Aboriginal organizations, and Post-Secondary Education institutions in the unceded territories of the many tribal Nations of British Columbia.  Monty has held positions as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan First Nations Family and Community Institute and as the Manager for Program and Policy Initiatives at the Caring for First Nations Children Society of BC.  He has direct practice experience as a child protection worker with the BC Ministry of Children and Families and has also worked as a child protection practice analyst with the Services to Aboriginal Children and Families Division of that Ministry in Victoria.  His professional experience also includes social assistance policy development for First Nations governments as well as planning, developing and administering First Nations Social Development, Post-Secondary Education and Child and Family Service programs in Northwestern BC.  Monty currently is an Associate Professor with the University of Regina’s Faculty of Social Work in Saskatoon Canada