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Director
L. M. Findlay, M.A. (Aberdeen), D.Phil. (Oxford) 

Office: ARTS 145.3
Office Telephone: (306) 966-5517
Fax: (306) 966-5951
Email: len.findlay@usask.ca

L.M. Findlay (Len) was educated at Aberdeen Academy and the University of Aberdeen where he graduated with a M.A. in English Language and Literature and was awarded the Seafield Gold Medal for the most distinguished graduate in honours English. After a summer Carnegie research scholarship, he took up a Senior Scottish Studentship at Jesus College Oxford where he completed a D.Phil. on “Swinburne and the Growth of Aestheticism.” He taught at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic for two years before joining the University of Saskatchewan where he is currently Professor of English and Co-Director of the Humanities Research Unit which he helped found. He has served terms as President of the Victorian Studies Association of Wesern Canada and the Association of Canadian University Teachers of English, and as Humanities Vice-Chair of the SHRCC Aid to Scholarly Publications Program. He has also served as Vice-President (External Communications) of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities, on the editorial boards of journals such as English Studies in Canada, Literature & History, Pre-Raphaelite Review, Signature, Victorian Review, and Culture and Social History and as senior policy analyst in the Universities Branch of the Saskatchewan Department of Postsecondary Education and Skills Training.  For the academic year 2000-2001 he was the Northrop Frye Professor of Literary Theory at the University of Toronto . He has published extensively on nineteenth-century European literature and culture, and latterly on critical theory, disciplinary history, and cultural studies. He has just received (with Marie Battiste and Lynne Bell) a grant for a major research project on Decolonizing Education.
 
 

Co-Director
Marie Battiste, Ed. M. (Harvard), Ed. D. (Stanford)

Office: Room 3082 ED
Office Telephone: (306) 966-7576
Email: marie.battiste@usask.ca

Dr. Marie Battiste has been a Professor, Indian and Northern Education Program, Department of Educational Foundations, at the University of Saskatchewan since 1993. She is a Mi’kmaq of the Potlo’tek First Nation in Nova Scotia. A mother of three, she and her husband J. Youngblood Henderson have made Saskatoon their home after many years living in Eskasoni Reserve and working among First Nations schools and community organizations.

She has several earned degrees: Ed. D. (1984) Stanford University; Ed. M. (1974) Harvard University; B.S. (1971) University of Maine, Farmington and two honorary degrees: D.H.L. (1997) University of Maine, Farmington; LL.D. (1987) St. Mary's University.

Her historical research of Mi'kmaw literacy and education as a graduate student at Harvard University and later at Stanford University where she received her doctorate degree in curriculum and teacher education provided the foundation for her later writings in cognitive imperialism, linguistic and cultural integrity, and decolonization of Aboriginal education. She has worked actively with First Nations schools and communities as an administrator, teacher, consultant, and curriculum developer, advancing Aboriginal epistemology, languages, pedagogy, and research.  Her research interests are in initiating institutional change in the decolonization of education, language and social justice policy and power, and educational approaches that recognize and affirm the political and cultural diversity of Canada and the ethical protection of Indigenous knowledge.

She has published many articles and scholarly papers in books, journals and documents and remains involved in research on Aboriginal education, languages and teachers and teacher education. She is co-author of  Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: A Gobal Challenge, (Saskatoon, SK: Purich Press, 2000), editor of  Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2000) and  co-editor of First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1995). She recently received the 2000 First Peoples Publishing Award for Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge from Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Dr. Battiste is a Board Member of the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand, since 1999 and a Board of Governor, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) since 1997. She is former Board of Governor member for University College of Cape Breton and Dalhousie University.
 
 

Advisory Committee
R. A. Stephanson (English)
Lesley Biggs (Women's and Gender Studies)
Gordon DesBrisay (History)
Lynne Bell (Art and Art History)
J. Youngblood Henderson (Native Law Centre)
Brett Fairbairn (Centre for Cooperative Studies)
 
Research Assistant
Edison Del Canto
Office: ARTS 145.3
Office Telephone: (306) 966-5517
Fax: (306) 966-5951
Email: e.delcanto@usask.ca

Secretarial Assistant
Kathy Weiman
Office: ARTS 320
Office Telephone: (306) 966-5486
Fax: (306) 966-5951
Email: kathy.weiman@usask.ca