Faculty + Staff

Staff

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Brenda Crabtree, Director, Aboriginal Programs
bcrab@ecuad.ca
Brenda received her BA and MA (Cultural Anthropology) from Western Washington University. She belongs to the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry. Her weaving focuses on traditional fibers such as inner cedar bark, cedar roots and spruce roots, as well as wool.

    
Connie Watts, Associate Director, Aboriginal Programs
conniewatts@ecuad.ca
Connie Watts is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator, educator and designer of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. Born and raised in Campbell River, Connie has a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba, and a BFA from Emily Carr. Her award-winning work is often rooted in forms and knowledge drawn from First Nations cultures, while her sculptural objects incorporate modern fabrication and design techniques. She has shown nationally and internationally, and her work is included in numerous corporate and civic collections.

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Kajola Morewood, Accessibility Services Advisor

kmorewoo@ecuad.ca
Kajola graduated from Emily Carr with a Bachelor of Fine Art, major in Photography. She is of Inuit ancestry and is currently exploring the ideas of cultural and geographic displacement as part of her art practice.


Meghan Weeks, Foundation Technician
mweeks@ecuad.ca
Meghan Weeks was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  She is part of the Sucker Creek First Nations, with her mother being Cree and father of English descent.  She has a Diploma in Interactive Digital Design from Grande Prairie Regional College and BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr University.  She is an interdisciplinary artist, working with different mediums, such as, silversmithing, beadwork, woodworking, and photography.

Gaye Fowler, Foundation Program Advisor

Alex Fowler, Reception

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Brenda Crabtree, Aboriginal Program Manager
Brenda received her BA and MA (Cultural Anthropology) from Western Washington University. She belongs to the Spuzzum Band and has both Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo ancestry. Her weaving focuses on traditional fibers such as inner cedar bark, cedar roots and spruce roots, as well as wool.

Kajola Morewood, Academic Advisor
Kajola graduated from Emily Carr with a Bachelor of Fine Art, major in Photography. She is of Inuit ancestry and is currently exploring the ideas of cultural and geographic displacement as part of her art practice.

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Faculty

   
Gina Adams, Assistant Professor, Foundation
gadams@ecuad.ca
Gina is a contemporary Indigenous hybrid artist of Ojibwa Anishinabe and Lakota descent of Waabonaquot of White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. In 2013, Gina received an MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on visual art, curatorial practice, and critical theory. In 2002, she received a BFA from the Maine College of Art. Gina comes to Emily Carr from the Faculty of Visual Arts in Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

   
Christine Howard Sandoval, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art Praxis
chowardsandoval@ecuad.ca
Christine is an Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic artist. She comes to Emily Carr University from Parsons The New School for Design (NYC). Her work challenges the boundaries of representation, access, and habitation through the use of performance, video, and sculpture. She has been awarded residencies at Colorado College, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Triangle Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design.

   
Jay White, Assistant Professor, Foundation
jaywhite@ecuad.ca
Jay is an interdisciplinary artist and animator of Mi’kmaq and European descent who activates storytelling across multiple platforms and various media to transmit land-based knowledge to future generations. After completing a BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UBC in 1996 and a Diploma in Computer Animation from the Vancouver Film School in 1997, Jay received an MAA from Emily Carr University in 2014. He has been teaching at Emily Carr as a sessional faculty member since 2008.

Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Art Praxis | August 2020
Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill is a Cree and Metis artist and writer whose sculptural practice explores the history of found materials to inquire into concepts of land, property, and economy. Gabrielle’s writing has been published in numerous places, most recently in Beginning with the Seventies (Helen Belkin, 2019). She is also the co-editor of The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP 2009) and Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island (Wilfrid Laurier University, 2017).

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Dr. Mimi Gellman, Associate Professor
mgellman@ecuad.ca
Mimi is an Anishinaabe-Ashkenazi Métis (Ojibway-Jewish Métis) conceptual artist, educator and PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University.  Her upcoming PhD dissertation, “Between the Dreamtime and the GPS/ the Metaphysics of Indigenous Mapping,” will explore why land matters through the lens of Indigenous maps and will be manifested as an embodied project-based PhD.
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Dr. Richard William Hill
Canada Research Chair – Indigenous Studies/Social Practice
richardhill@ecuad.ca
Richard William Hill is a curator, critic and art historian of Cree and other heritages. His research focuses primarily on historical and contemporary art created by Indigenous North American artists. 
His essays on art have appeared in numerous books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals.
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Mark Igloliorte, Assistant Professor
markigloliorte@ecuad.ca
Mark Igloliorte is an interdisciplinary artist born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. He has exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada. As an Inuk, Igloliorte’s work draws from his Labradorian ancestry and communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale.
Current Courses:

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Lindsay McIntyre, Assistant Professor
lindsaymcintyre@ecuad.ca
Lindsay McIntyre is a film artist from Edmonton of Inuk/European decent. She holds an MFA in Film (Concordia) and a BFA in Painting and Drawing (UofA). Her process-based media practice is largely analog and deals with themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories. Working primarily with 16mm and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, she also makes her own silver gelatin emulsion.
Current Courses:

Indigenous Matriarchs for Virtual Reality,
Augmented Reality and 360-video Media Lab. (IM4 Lab)


Colin Van Loon, Operations Manager, IM4 VR/AR LAB
cvanloon@ecuad.ca
Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) originally hails from Piikani Nation aka Brocket AB and is a graduate of the SFU School of Contemporary Arts BFA Film Production program. He has worked in many facets of the film industry working on such films as The Revenant and Dirks Gently.  He is the Director and Curator of REEL RESERVATIONS: Cinematic Indigenous Sovereignty Series and the Reel IndiGenuity youth film series. Colin works on his own projects as a producer or filmmaker and is currently working at the NFB’s digital studio in Vancouver developing a 360 experimental documentary series.

Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda, Project Coordinator, IM4 VR/AR LAB
amandamin@ecuad.ca
Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda is an Anishaabekwe from Wikwemikong First Nation in Ontario. Alannah primarily grew up in Alberta on the Treaty 6 territory where she graduated in Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She was one of the scriptwriters and film presenters on the massive open online course, Indigenous Canada, provided by the Faculty of Native Studies and Coursera. Alannah attended the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program at Capilano University. This led her to work on set of Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show II.