Tracy L. Friedel, University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor Curriculum and Pedagogy Vancouver, British Columbia tracy.friedel@ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-5289

Bio/Research

I am the daughter of Margerie Friedel (nee Cunningham) and Clifford Friedel of Duffield, AB. My Indigenous affiliation is with Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta – the traditional, ancestral territory of my Métis [Cree/Iroquois] grandparents includes Manitow Sâkâhikan [Lac St. Anne] in centr...

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Bio/Research

I am the daughter of Margerie Friedel (nee Cunningham) and Clifford Friedel of Duffield, AB. My Indigenous affiliation is with Region 4 of the Métis Nation of Alberta – the traditional, ancestral territory of my Métis [Cree/Iroquois] grandparents includes Manitow Sâkâhikan [Lac St. Anne] in central Alberta. As a matter of courtship, my grandfather Montrose Cunningham skated across this lake in winter to visit my grandmother Lily LaRocque. Located in the North Saskatchewan watershed, Manitow Sâkâhikan is marked by a long history of fishing, buffalo hunts, and summer gatherings. It remains an important place for Indigenous peoples today. I offer many thanks for the opportunity to work and live in Coast Salish territory - UBC's Vancouver campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral lands of the Musqueam people (h-un-q-uh-mi-n-uhm speakers).

I am interested in critical perspectives on Aboriginal education policy and practice, First Nation and Métis experience in the realm of work and learning, and Indigenous conceptualizations of place and their import for teaching and learning. As part of this latter interest, I've engaged with community-based partners in the Lower Mainland and Haida Gwaii to create meaningful academic service learning experiences for graduate students. I have experience working with qualitative case studies, visual research methods, Indigenous epistemologies and critical race theory in qualitative research.


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