I am a nêhiyawi (Cree)-âpihtawikosisân (Métis) scholar, descended from the peoples of manitow sâkâhikan [Lac St. Anne] in central Alberta. Since 2009, I have been honoured to work on the traditional, ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam—People of the River Grass). Woven across my research, teaching and service is a commitment to forefront the aspirations, experiences and knowledges of Indigenous communities in the interests of education more broadly.
“Ethical principles of Indigenous research is about more than ‘adding in’ Indigenous knowledge to conventionally-framed research projects. Such principles are transformative guideposts, tied to practices that have served our Ancestors long and well. Within the context of particular communities, these foundational premises require making relevant theoretical and methodological choices.” – Tracy L. Friedel
I endeavour to undertake ethical research in areas such as: outdoor education; health education, place-based/land-based learning; First Nations, Métis and Inuit work and learning, and Indigenous oral histories. This work is supported with funding from a variety of sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
“I aim to develop engaging courses and quality learning experiences for UBC students, in accordance with the strategic goals of UBC. Even more importantly, I view my responsibilities as an educator as being about supporting the efforts of Indigenous peoples in British Columbia and beyond. As part of this, engaging students critically offers much for assisting students to better understand the complex and historicized world we live in.” – Tracy L. Friedel
In summer 2014, I am teaching a two-week institute that offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to deeply engage with the theory and practice of place-based learning in Huu-uy-aht territories, in conjunction with Huu-uy-aht First Nation and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. I have also taught Indigenous Research Methodology and Epistemology (Ts’ ‘kel Program, Winter 2013).
“I am committed to contributing to service both within, and outside of the University context. At times, this work complements my research and teaching obligations. Always, I seek to contribute to those initiatives that support the growing Indigenous resurgence happening across Western Canada.” – Tracy L. Friedel
I support the efforts of my home community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, mânitow sâkahikanihk, by acting as a Local Council Member. I also sit on the Indigenous Program Council for the Indigenous Leadership and Management Program at the Banff Centre (since May 2011).
On June 16th, 2014, I will be cycling in support of the Totem Tour, a 1,760-kilometer ride between Old Masset and Edmonton that aims to raise funds for enhanced services for Indigenous children and families at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton (University of Alberta). If you would like to donate, please visit Tracy’s personal Totem Tour page.
Friedel, T. L. (2011). Looking for learning in all the wrong places: urban Native youths’ cultured response to Western-oriented place-based learning. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(5), 531-546.
Friedel, T. L. (1999). The role of Aboriginal parents in public education: Barriers to change in an urban setting. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 23(2), 139-158.
Taylor, A., Friedel, T. L., & Edge, L. (2009). Pathways for First Nation and Metis youth in the oil sands. Canadian Policy Research Networks.
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