Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Amy Parent’s Nisga’a name is Sigidimnak’ Noxs Ts’aawit (Mother of the Raven Warrior Chief) Named Ts’aawit). On her mother’s side of the family, she is from the House of Ni’isjoohl and is a member of the Ganada (frog) clan in the village of Laxgalts’ap in the Nisga’a Nation. On her father’s side of the family, she is of settler ancestry (French and German). Dr. Parent is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She is also the Co-Chair for the Indigenous Research leadership Circle with the Tri-Agency (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and the Inaugural Associate Director for the SFU Cassidy Centre for Educational Justice.
In June 2023, Dr. Parent received the BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit for the Ni’isjoohl rematriation research project with members of her House for their exemplary efforts to bring the Ni’isjoohl memorial pole back to the Nisga’a Nation from Scotland. The research project set an international precedent for the first totem pole to be rightfully returned from the United Kingdom on September 29, 2023 after being stolen for over 94 years. Please visit Dr. Parent’s website to learn more about her research, films and publications https://amyparent.ca/