NAISA Conference 2017

NAISA & ASA: Pathways To Graduate School

Aboriginal Student Affairs teamed up with NAISA to provide a free lunch on June 23rd for UBC Arts undergraduate students.

During this lunch hour panel conversation with Daniel Voth, Eve Tuck, Robert Alexander Innes, and Mique’l Dangeli (speaker bio’s below), you will learn how each of these scholars found their way to graduate and doctorate studies.

As an attendee to this event, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the diverse academic endeavours that Indigenous people pursue through Masters and PhD programs.
  • Learn how scholars include their connections to community, Nations, and respective Indigenous populations throughout their academic pursuits.
  • Network and expand your social and professional community by meeting your fellow students as well as speakers and attendees at this conference.

Bring your questions to this event because there will be the opportunity to ask these speakers about their experiences during the Q&A portion of the event.

Whether you are attending the entire conference or not
, students are encouraged to attend this specific lunch panel event. Follow the RSVP instructions below.

When: Friday, June 23rd
Doors Open: 12:15pm 
Panel Discussion + Q&A: 12:30 pm – 1:45pm

Where: The Longhouse, UBC Vancouver Campus
Cost: FREE
RSVP here:
Remember to
RSVP so we can pre-order your lunch for this event.

Questions? Email


Daniel Voth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, and an instructor in the International Indigenous Studies program at the University of Calgary, in the territory of Treaty 7 peoples. Daniel is Métis from the Métis Nation of the Red River Valley and was born, raised, and educated near his family’s scrip land in the inner city of Winnipeg. Daniel received his PhD from UBC in 2015.  His research examines the tense political and legal relationships between Métis and other Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. Using the work of Métis scholar and activist Howard Adams, his work explores the way difficult and fractious political relationships can foster a broad inter-Indigenous decolonizing politics.  He teaches courses focused on Indigenous-state relations, Indigenous legal orders and Indigenous governance, with forthcoming courses on Indigenous gender and feminisms.


Robert Alexander Innes is a Plains Cree/Saulteaux/Metis member of Cowessess First Nations and an associate professor in the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his Phd dissertation at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies Program. In January 2007, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in the Department. Prior to his appointment Robert was the Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan in Native Studies – the title of his thesis was “The Socio-Political Influence of the Second World War Saskatchewan Aboriginal Veterans, 1945-1960” -, his B.A. at the University of Toronto with a major in History and a double minor in Aboriginal Studies and English and the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation and with Kim Anderson is the editor of Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration both with the University of Manitoba Press.


Eve Tuck is Associate Professor of Critical Race and Indigenous Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, in the department of Social Justice Education, at the University of Toronto. Her research is in critical youth studies, education policy, and she is engaging new research in how Indigenous and Black youth make sense of social movements in postsecondary decision making. Eve is the author of Urban Youth and School Pushout: Gateways, Get-aways, and the GED; co-author of Place in Research with Marcia McKenzie; co-editor of Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change with K. Wayne Yang; and co-editor of Land Education, with Kate McCoy and Marcia McKenzie. Eve writes in journals and edited volumes on education, Indigenous studies, and critical ethnic studies. Eve grew up in Pennsylvania, and lived in New York for 18 years before moving to Toronto in 2015. She is Unangax, and is an enrolled member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, in Alaska. You can learn more about Eve’s work at


Mique’l Dangeli was born and raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Sm Łoodm ’Nüüsm (Dr. Mique’l Dangeli) is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She is a dancer, choreographer, curator, activist, and Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Her work focuses on Northwest Coast First Nations and Alaska Native visual and performing arts, art history, protocol, politics, sovereignty, Indigenous language revitalization, and decolonization. At UAS, she also serves as the faculty coordinator of the Northwest Coast Art Program. Once completed, this interdisciplinary visual arts, performing arts, and Indigenous language program will be the first to offer an A.A. and B.A. in Northwest Coast Art. She was instrument in the development of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Institute of American Indian Arts that will support student exchange and direct transfer between their institutions. Mique’l teaches both informal community-based and university-accredited Sm’algya̱x (Tsimshian language) courses. This year she organized and facilitated the largest gathering of Sm’algya̱x learners, teachers, and fluent speakers in Alaska in over 30 years. She also served for eight years as the Director of her community’s museum in Metlakatla. For the past thirteen years, she and her husband artist and carver Mike Dangeli (Nisga’a, Tsimshian, Tlingit, and Tsetsaut Nations) have share the leadership of Git Hayetsk, an internationally renowned Northwest Coast dance group. Mique’l was the first Indigenous Protocol in the Performing Arts Consultant for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance in Toronto. Currently, Mique’l is an artist-in-residence at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver.



From June 22 to 24, 2017, the University of British Columbia will welcome Native American and Indigenous Student Association (NAISA), the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to UBC’s Vancouver campus on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam Nation.

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association is an organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies. This conference will offer roundtable and panel discussions with Indigenous Scholars from around the world across a diverse spectrum of Indigenous issues.

Registration is still open, follow this website for more details.

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