Dr. Amy Parent’s Nisga’a name is Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit (Mother of the Raven Warrior Chief). On her mother’s side of the family, she is from the House of Ni’isjoohl and is a member of the Ganada (frog) clan in the village of Laxgalts’ap in the Nisga’a Nation. On her father’s side of the family, she is of Settler ancestry (French and German). Dr. Parent is a scholar, speaker, mentor, educator, consultant, and mother. Dr. Parent is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She has also recently been appointed a member of the Indigenous Research leadership Circle with the Tri-Council Agencies (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and the Associate Director for the SFU Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice (formerly the Centre for Education Law & Society).

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Research and Teaching Interests

  • Indigenous community based research
  • Indigenous high school to university transitions
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and methodologies
  • Indigenous youth studies
  • Indigenous doctoral programming, supervision and mentorship
  • Decolonizing and Indigenizing teacher education
  • Land based education
  • Indigenous visual sovereignty and critical Indigenous theory
  • Indigenous graphic novels and storytelling
  • Nisga’a language revitalization, governance and policy

Research Projects

Raising Nisga’a Language, Sovereignty, and Land-Based Education Through Traditional Carving Knowledge Save

Critical Understandings of Land & Water: Unsettling Place at SFU

Exemplary Indigenous Doctoral Supervision & Mentorship in British Columbian Universities

Sidaxgat’iniḿhl Gagoodiḿ (“our ability to strengthen ourselves, our hearts through the wisdom of our language and our own way of life”)