Critical Understandings of Land & Water: Unsettling Place at Simon Fraser University

I recently produced a film series titled, “Critical Understandings of Land & Water: Unsettling Place at SFU” which aims to examine the praxis of land-based education. The film series is guided by Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald’s Indigenous Storywork methodology (2008) to bring forward an important collection of stories on land based education in collaboration with respected Coast Salish Knowledge Holders and Simon Fraser University faculty. The film series will form the basis of a research-informed online course on land based education in British Columbia that is currently in development. I raise my hands high in appreciation to the generous teachings shared by the respected Coast Salish Knowledge holders, leaders, and faculty in the series and Simon Fraser University’s Indigenous Education Reconciliation Council, Equity Studies in Education Program, and Centre for Educational Excellence.

Please click on the “watch” button below to view the montage for the series. I am honoured to begin collaborating with settler scholar, Dr. Jeannie Kerr who will join me as a co-investigator for a research project related to the film series. Viewers will be invited to watch all of the knowledge holder films on this page in Spring 2023, if agreeable to participating in a pre and post film on-line survey to support the development of the research informed on-line course. This page will be updated regularly. I look forward to your participation in the surveys.


Margaret and Michelle George, Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nation

Latash, Maurice Nahanee, Skwxwú7mesh Nation

Kwes’Kwestin, Jim Kew, xʷməθkwəy̓əm Nation

Cyril and Ed Pierre, q̓íc̓əy̓ Nation

Sqwayeten, Cheryl Gabriel, q̓ʷa:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ Nation

Xwopokton, Chief Harley Chappell, Səmyámə Nation

Naxaxalhts’i, Sonny McHalsie, Stó:lō Nation

Shoysqwelwhet, Dr. Gwendolyn Point, Stó:lō Nation

Dr. Cher Hill, Faculty of Education

Dr. Adel Iskander, School of Communication

Dr. Sheri Fabian, Criminology

Dr. Mark Winston, Senior Fellow of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue