Concordia University

Indigenous Faculty Members

Elizabeth Fast, Assistant Professor
Applied Human Sciences

Elizabeth Fast has Métis and Mennonite ancestry and was born in St. François-Xavier, Manitoba. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences, and also teaches in the First People’s Studies Program. She is a community-based researcher with two decades of experience working in social service organizations and community settings that focus on child welfare issues in Québec and across Canada. Her research focuses on Indigenous youth, with a particular focus on understanding of the cultural needs of Indigenous youth raised outside of their biological families or disconnected from their cultural roots.  She uses Indigenous methodologies, arts-based interventions and decolonizing principles to engage youth in research and in exploring their cultural roots.

Visit Elizabeth Fast' Concordia Faculty webpage

Karl Hele, Associate professor and Director
First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. K. S. Hele is a member of the Garden River First Nation community of the Anishinaabeg people and was educated at schools in Sault Ste. Marie. He earned a B.A. (Waterloo) in 1993, a M.A. (Toronto) in 1994, and a Ph.D. (McGill) in 2003. His dissertation examined the Ojibwa encounter with nineteenth-century missionaries to Sault Ste. Marie.

Visit Karl Hele's Concordia Faculty webpage

Heather Igloliorte, Assistant professor
Art History

Heather Igloliorte (Inuit, Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador) is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal art history at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

Heather's teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resilience.

Visit Heather Igloliorte's Concordia Faculty webpage

Jason Edward Lewis, Associate professor
Department of Design and Computation Arts

Jason Edward Lewis is a man of many talents. The associate professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts is also a poet, software designer and new media activist whose work aims to empower and give voice to aboriginal youths.

Read more about Jason Lewis

Louellyn White, Assistant Professor
First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. Louellyn White is Mohawk from Akwesasne and grew up in the Mohawk Valley of central New York. She completed a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona where she focused on Indigenous education and language revitalization. She received her BA in Psychology from SUNY-Utica and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Dr. White was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois.

Her book "Free to be Mohawk: Indigenous education at the Akwesasne Freedom School", was published in 2015 with the University of Oklahoma Press. Her chapter on "White Power: Performing Assimilation. Lincoln Institute and Carlisle Indian School" will be published with the University of Nebraska Press in Fall 2016. As a direct descendant of previous Carlisle students, Dr. White serves as the founder and spokesperson for the Carlisle Indian School Farmhouse Coalition and is actively involved in the preservation of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School Farmhouse and the development of a Heritage Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Her research and teaching interests include: Indigenous identity formation and cultural resurgence; boarding/residential school experiences and historical roots of contemporary ideologies toward culture and language; Indigenous language and cultural immersion influences on academic performance; community participatory research.

Visit Louellyn White's Concordia Faculty webpage

20171013 Jessica Bardill 004
Jessica Bardill, Assistant Professor
Indigenous Canadian Literature and Cultures, Department of English

Alongside a range of literature from Indigenous communities, she also engages with the possibilities of biological sciences and policy, with particular emphasis on genetics and genomics by, for, and with Indigenous peoples.  

Since 2011, she has helped to the lead the decolonial bioethics training for the Summer internship for Indigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) program in the U.S. as well as in Aotearoa in 2016, and is working with collaborators at University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, and University of Manitoba to start similar workshops in Canada. 

Indigenous writing and knowledges, as well as diverse ways of questioning and apprehending the world, are central to her research and teaching. 

Her published work has interrogated the use of genetic testing for tribal citizenship purposes, documented the oral history of the Native American community in the Triad region of North Carolina, and examined literature alongside case studies of the treatment of disinterred ancient individuals. Other current work includes a project on reconsidering discussions of consent in relation to lands, bodies, and data, through bringing Indigenous literatures into conversation with bioethics.

Vist Jessica Bardill's Concordia Faculty webpage


20171017 Jeannine Marie St Jacques 002
Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques, Assistant Professor
Geography, Planning and Environment

Jeannine-Marie’s research interests include North American freshwater availability, decadal-to-centennial water variability, regional hydrology and climate, impacts of global warming, water management for sustained droughts and floods, paleoclimatology, tree-rings, pollen, instrumental data, climate models.

She is actively looking for interested undergraduate, masters and PhD students to work and study in her new climatology, hydrology and paleoecology laboratory.

Visit Jeannine-Marie St-Jacques' Concordia Faculty webpage


Jessica Carmichael Faculty portrait
Jessica Carmichael, Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre

Jessica Carmichael is a mixed Abenaki/Euro director, dramaturge, playwright, actor and educator. Jessica trained at the National Theatre School of Canada(Acting), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art & King’s College London (MA Text & Performance Studies with Distinction), the University of Alberta (MFA Directing with Distinction) and the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction (Stratford Festival, 2014 & 2016). 

Before coming to Concordia, Jessica was the Artistic Director of Carousel Players, a professional theatre for young audiences in St. Catharines, Ontario. Jessica is a past artistic associate with Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto and was Program Director of their Playwrights Unit Animiikiig. She was a workshop leader for “The Study” hosted by the National Arts Centre, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance and Debajehmujig Creation Centre. 

Visit Jessica Carmichael's Concordia Faculty webpage

More than 36 of our faculty members are involved in teaching and research in Indigenous-related subjects.  

For additional information, visit Explore Concordia.

Back to top

© Concordia University