The Research Team would like to acknowledge Susan Briscoe. Due to a terminal illness, Susan stepped down as project lead in March of 2017, nearly one year into the research. Michelle Smith, Dawson College Journeys Coordinator, Cinema-Communications Faculty and First Peoples Initiative Steering Committee Member, who was initially a Co-investigator, has replaced Susan as Principal Investigator. The Research Team is grateful for Susan’s foresight and commitment to Indigenous education. Without her dedication, energy and leadership, this project would not exist.

Project Leads

Michelle Smith

Dawson College
Principal Investigator

Michelle Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, media artist and educator of Métis ancestry born and raised in St. James Manitoba. She uses diverse media and participatory strategies to explore issues around indigenous identity, education and intercultural experience. She has directed and produced numerous documentary films and interactive media. She coordinates the Journeys First Peoples Program and teaches in the Cinema-Communications department at Dawson College. She is a founding member of the Dawson First Peoples Initiative.

Morgan Phillips

Research Coordinator

Morgan Kahentonni Phillips is a Kanien’kehá:ka woman (Wolf Clan) from Kahnawake and a citizen of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy. Morgan holds a BA Honours in Anthropology, an MA in Social & Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University and a PhD from the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill. Her research interests include Indigenous well-being, diabetes prevention, resilience, community-based participatory research, Indigenous research methodologies, and health promotion.

Elizabeth Fast

Concordia University

Elizabeth is Métis, from St. François-Xavier, Manitoba. She's an Assistant Professor in Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and teaches in the youth work program. In 2016, Elizabeth was appointed as Special Advisor to the Provost on Indigenous Directions at Concordia. She is currently Vice-President on the Board of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and a member of the National Métis Advisory committee on the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Nicole Ives

McGill University

Nicole Ives is an Associate Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program at McGill University School of Social Work. Dr. Ives teaches Indigenous Field Studies, History and Philosophy of Social Work, Policy and Practice with Refugees and Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice. Dr. Ives is a founding member of Indigenous Access McGill, a program that supports Indigenous students in the School of Social Work and in the broader university. She has published articles focused on Indigenous social work education, Indigenous social policy, and refugee resettlement as it relates to integration and sponsorship. She has presented her research on refugee and Indigenous issues both nationally and internationally.

Laura Shea

Laura teaches sociology at Dawson College. She has worked with youth as a nurse/health educator, in policy work related to women's health, and in primary care health research at McGill University. The best thing about her work is learning from her students and the people she collaborates with. She is a settler colonial born on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka nation.

Vicky Boldo

Vicky is of Cree/Coast Salish/Métis heritage. Vicky is a registered energy medicine practitioner (ANQ) and has a certificate in journalism for Concordia. As a research coordinator, she is passionate about effecting change in policy, education and attitudes in social work, health care and education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Vicky is Co-Chair of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. Vicky sits on the boards of the Native Women's Shelter and of Montreal's First People's Justice Centre as Vice-president and she is on the (Police Service of Montreal) SPVM Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Her joy in living is matched by her desire to give back to the community.

Research Assistants

Lucina Gordon

Concordia University

Lucina Gordon is an Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She has been pursuing her postsecondary studies since 2013. She likes to go out on the land to hunt or simply to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Jeannie Calvin

Concordia University

I study at Concordia University, majoring in Human Relations and trying to minor in First People's Studies. Currently taking a year off working at the Kativik Regional Government and with The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services in the north. I am with you all in spirit! Nakurmiik

Kahawihson Horne

Concordia University

Kahawihson Horne is a Kanien’keha:ka woman of the Turtle Clan with a background in First People’s Studies at Concordia University who has served in the capacity of research assistant concerning the various obstacles and support systems afforded by and for Indigenous students within post-secondary institutions. She has worked for a number of news and media organizations and is currently working as a freelance journalist and educator within Kahnawá:ke and the urban Indigenous community of Montreal.

Pasha Partridge

McGill University

Pasha Partridge is an Inuit and Mohawk artist and filmmaker. She completed her DEC at John Abbott College and started her studies in Education at McGill. Instagram: pashasprojects

Christine Lussier

Concordia University

Anna Kristensen

Anna Kristensen is Inuk from Kangirsujuaq, QC. I first joined the First Peoples’ Storytelling Exchange project as a participant in a circle interview and have been part of this amazing project since then.

Sandra-Lynn Leclaire

Jennifer May

Cheli Nighttraveller

Angela Watts

Melanie Lefebvre


The project grant involves individuals living and/or schooling in Quebec

Postsecondary students (past and present)
Families of postsecondary students
Individuals willing to share their educational journey.

Video Production

Jesse Bochner

Glenn Gear

Austin Lazare

Courtney Montour

Lisa Nielsen