Dr. Georgina Martin, Professor and Chair, Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies, Vancouver Island University
I am an Indigenous scholar and community member and I am committed to honouring my community and ancestors. I am Secwépemc and I am also a member of Lake Babine Nation. I grew up alongside my grandparents (Ned and Nancy Moiese) in the T’exelc community near Williams Lake, BC. My pedagogical approaches center on Indigenous knowledges in my teaching, methodologies, and research approaches. My research remains focused on intergenerational trauma which was caused by ‘Indian Residential Schools’ and ‘Indian hospitals’, leaving a trail of cumulative damage to language, culture and identity. I draw from my lived-experience to advance reclamation of space for Indigenous peoples within academia and public institutions to address the historical and contemporary injustices placed upon Indigenous peoples through colonialism.
My doctoral research titled “Drumming my way home: An intergenerational narrative inquiry about Secwepemc identities” examined the stories of three generations of Secwepemc peoples (Elder Jean William, Colten Wycotte and myself) to show how knowing oneself affirms and strengthens identities. The content of stories and the process of storytelling opened a new world of meaning and philosophical Indigenous knowledge that continues to expand.