Sheryl Lightfoot

Sheryl Lightfoot (Keweenaw Bay Anishinaabe) is Canada Research Chair in Global Indigenous Rights and Politics and associate professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is currently serving as Acting Chair of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and Acting Co-Director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at UBC. Her first book, Global Indigenous Politics: A Subtle Revolution, was published in 2016 by Routledge Press in their critical international relations series. She is currently working on two projects, The Politics of Indigenous Apologies, a comparative qualitative study of state apologies to Indigenous peoples in Canada, the US, Norway and New Zealand, and Complex Sovereignties, a multi-national study of Indigenous self-determination practices in settler states and the international system. Sheryl is a regular and active participant in the United Nations Indigenous Human Rights Coalition and served as the North American Expert in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on UNDRIP implementation in 2017. Sheryl has been a member of NAISA since its inception.


Candidate Statement: It is truly an honour to be nominated for NAISA Council. Having been a regular NAISA member and participant since the Steering Committee’s very first conference at the University of Oklahoma in 2007, I have had the extraordinary privilege of witnessing this organization come into existence and then grow into such a prominent and impressive professional organization. I believe that NAISA’s excellence rests on a number of key strengths that have shaped its success: a commitment to Indigenous communities and perspectives, a dedication to diverse voices and constructive dialogue, broad interdisciplinarity, a desire for inclusiveness including those at all levels of the academic career ladder, and a commitment to a vision of Indigenous Studies that is simultaneously local and global. I believe that our future challenges as an organization can be met through a dedication to these key strengths as our guiding aspirations. As a US-born, Canadian-based, global Indigenous studies scholar, I bring a diverse perspective at a key time in NAISA’s development as it prepares for its first overseas meeting in Waikato in 2019.

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