Senior Director, Office of Indigenous Directions
William Lindsay is of Cree heritage (status Indian) and hails from British Columbia. His given traditional name is ‘Running Fox.’ He grew up in the B.C. north as a youth and in Vancouver since, including nine years on the Squamish Nation.
William has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. His B.Ed. was completed in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (1996) and his M.A. thesis in History (1998) studied A History of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre in an Age of Aboriginal Migration and Urbanization. William reached PhD candidacy in 2017-18 in Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education, researching The Indigenization of Universities through Indigenous Leadership.
He has worked for over twenty years as an Indigenous teacher, professor, student services provider, and senior administrator at numerous B.C. colleges and universities, including the Native Education College, the Institute for Indigenous Government/Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Douglas College, University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. William most recently served as the Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples and Special Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs at SFU from 2009-2018, working across the university and out into the community.
William is a published writer, with a TESOL textbook, a plethora of newspaper essays, and numerous academic papers and book reviews to his credit. He has also been the editor of two university newsletter/magazines and was the publisher for seven years of The SFU News, Aboriginal Edition. William has spoken at numerous national conferences on Indigenous issues and has much experience dealing with local, provincial, and national media.
He has been the humble recipient of numerous awards, including eight Eagle Feathers for courage and for dedication to Indigenous education, an Education 100 – Year of Alumni Award from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate of Merit for Bravery from the Vancouver Police Department.
William is thrilled to be in Montréal, and he looks forward to working with the Concordia team to build upon what has already been accomplished.