Robert (Rob) Alexander Innes is a member of Cowessess First Nation and an associate professor in the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the author of Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation (University of Manitoba Press, 2013) and the co-editor, along with Kim Anderson, of Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration (University of Manitoba Press, 2015). He has published in the American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Oral History Forum, and Aboriginal Policy Studies. Rob was the editor of the Native Studies Review for five years, guest editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal special issue on “New Interpretations in Cultural Preservation, Revitalization, and Persistence” and co-editor with Winona Wheeler for a special issue of the Engaged Scholars Journal on Indigenous community engagement. Rob’s current research looks at strategies some Indigenous men employ to counteract their internalization of white supremacist, heteronormative, patriarchal ideals. He has been a faculty member in the department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan since 2007 and has filled various administrative roles including first year course coordinator, undergraduate chair, graduate chair, and acting head, and will become department head in July 2018. Rob served on the original NAISA council for a one-year term appointment in 2009/10. He was also the chair of the organizing committee for the NAISA Annual Meeting that took place in Saskatoon in 2013. That conference was awarded the 2014 Saskatoon Shines! Leadership Award from the City of Saskatoon.
Candidate Statement: I was honoured that I was asked to run for the position of president-elect for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. I obtained my MA in Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan and my PhD in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, as well as a minor in Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto. My training as an Indigenous Studies scholar, reflects my deep commitment to Indigenous Studies as a discipline, and to NAISA as an organization. NAISA has seen tremendous growth since those initial conferences in Oklahoma and Georgia, showing the growth in Indigenous Studies as a discipline and an interest in Indigenous issues more generally. NAISA has been instrumental in bringing together researchers from various disciplines, research areas, and geographic locations to meet, discuss and eventually collaborate on projects. The number of edited anthologies that have emerged from NAISA annual meetings evidences the collaboration in research and writing that NAISA has generated. We are fortunate that even though NAISA has grown tremendously over the last decade, for many it still generates the same level of excitement as those first gatherings. As NAISA continues to grow, I will follow in the footsteps of past executives and council members to work to maintain the type of organization that NAISA membership have come to expect and to work collaboratively to bring new ideas that can enhance the experiences of our members while acting to strengthen our discipline that emphasizes community engaged research and writing in support of our communities and challenges the structures that marginalize and oppress our people.