Department of Indigenous Studies

Rod Beresford 
BSc.(CBU), MSc.(Dalhousie)
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies
Room L-151-A; Telephone 902-563-1609; Email:
Professor Beresford obtained his MSc. in Pathology from Dalhousie University and is currently enrolled in a PhD program focusing on the MSX (Multinucleated Spheroid X) oyster parasite that was found in the Bras d’Or Lakes in 2003.

Stephanie Inglis 
BA Anthropology (McMaster) MA Linguistics (Memorial)
PhD Linguistics (Memorial)
Full Professor, Indigenous Studies
Room L151-C; Telephone 902-563-1201; Email:
Primary research areas include language contact, change and revitalization, Aboriginal language education, and Mi’kmaw word formation and meaning systems. Professor Inglis is currently working on an interactive talking Mi’kmaw language dictionary for the internet and with the IWK Children’s Hospital on developing a system of pediatric pain evaluation for Mi’kmaq speaking children using Mi’kmaw pain words.
Dr. Inglis is the director of the Kji-keptin Alexander Denny L’nui’sultimkeweyo’kuom.

Tuma T.W. Young
LL.M (University of Arizona) Ph.D Student (University of Arizona)
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies
Room L-151-G; Telephone 902-563-1435; Email:
Primary research areas include analysis of L’nu worldview to see how traditional concepts of governance can be utilized in contemporary institution development.  Other research areas include Mi’kmaq ethnobotany, Mi’kmaq ornithology, the Mi’kmaq puoin or Two-Spirit Person, and Mi’kmaq identity.  Tuma was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 2001, becoming the first Mi’kmaq speaking lawyer in the province.


Department of Indigenous Studies Part-Time / Adjunct Faculty

Douglas Brown
BA (UCCB) LLB (Dalhousie)
Lecturer Indigenous Studies
Primary area of specialization is in litigating Aboriginal and Treaty rights cases on behalf of the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, which Mr. Brown has done for a number of years.

Annamarie Hatcher
BSc. MSc. (Dalhousie), Ph.D (Western Australia)
Adjunct Professor Indigenous Studies
Room A-116B; Email:
Dr. Hatcher’s PhD from University of Western Australia is in Zoology and she has taught MSIT and Biology courses both on campus and in-community for CBU and Dalhousie University for a number of years.  Author of more than 40 peer reviewed articles in the areas of Biology, Geology, and Education, Dr. Hatcher has also written about building cultural bridges in post-secondary science education. More recently she has devoted her attention to cultural and environmental sustainability with a focus on water – its use, conservation, and as a growing ecological concern.

Catherine Martin
BA (Dalhousie) MEd. (Mount St. Vincent)
Lecturer Indigenous Studies
Ms. Martin is an independent producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, drummer and the first woman Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic Region. Her award-winning documentaries include Little Boy Who Lived with Muini’skw, The Spirit of Annie Mae, and Spirit Wind. She is a regular contributor to Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nation News and her pieces have appeared in The Mi’kmaq Anthology Vol.II, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, Let Us Remember the Old Mi’kmaq, and Kelusultiek: Original Women’s Voices of Atlantic Canada. Catherine herself has been featured in documentaries with the NFB – Aboriginal Directors Series, Democracy 250 Years: A Mi’kmaq Perspective, and television shows such as APTN’s Storytellers in Motion.

Elizabeth Paul
BEd. (UNB)
Lecturer Indigenous Studies
Ms. Paul has been teaching the Mi’kmaq language for more than fifteen years. She holds a certificate in curriculum development and currently teaches Conversational Mi’kmaq for Non-Speakers Levels I and II and Mi’kmaq for Speakers: Introduction to Literacy I and II. Ms. Paul translated the book The Stone Canoe: Two Lost Mi’kmaq Texts published in 2007.

Josephine Peck
Sr. Diploma Education (St. F.X.) BSW (Hon.)(Dalhousie) Diploma Curriculum Development (UCCB)
Masters Education Literacy (Mt. St. Vincent)
Lecturer Indigenous Studies
Ms. Peck holds a Senior Diploma in Education, Diploma in Curriculum Development, B.S.W., and Masters in Education Literacy. She has also received the Governor General’s Award for Excellence and has demonstrated a long standing commitment to Mi’kmaq language preservation. She currently teaches Mi’kmaq for Speakers: Introduction to Literacy Levels I and II.

Denise Toney
BA (UCCB) BEd. (St. F.X.) MEd. (St. F.X.)
Lecturer Indigenous Studies
Ms. Toney also has certification in Administration & Leadership as well as Curriculum & Instruction. Her research interests include post-colonial theory, school improvement in First Nations education, First Nations language revitalization, native teacher education, and Indigenous second language acquisition. As part of her on-going research Ms. Toney has recently published “Exploring Decolonizing Practices in Mi’kmaq Schools” and is currently working on a project in association with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.



Vetted Full-time CBU Faculty from Other Departments Who Teach Mi’kmaq Studies Courses

Dr. Janice Tulk (Purdy Crawford Chair)
2106 Indigenous Musics of North America Cross-listed with ANTH2111, ETHM2311
Credits : 3
Exclusions: Unavailable to students with credit for MIKM255, ANTH255, or ETHM255
This course will introduce students to a range of musical tradition from North America Indigenous communities, including nation specific (especially Mi’kmaq), inter-tribal and popular musics. The course focuses on the significance of music to various Indigenous peoples, examining its role in, for example, ritual, spiritual expression, healing, relationship, and dance. Students will also explore the relationship between music and identity, examining gender roles and nation-specific musical expressions. Students will learn basic music vocabulary in order to analyze and describe the characteristics of the music encountered.

Dr. Dana Mount (English Department)
ENGL3424 North American Aboriginal Literature Cross-listed with MIKM3424
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ENGL1600 or 6 credits from ENGL1104, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1109
Exclusions: Unavailable to students with credit for ENGL377.
An introduction to the songs and stories of pre-contact North American Aboriginal people, as well as the most recent flowering of writing in English over the last 30 years.

Dr. Graham Reynolds (History Department)
MIKM3320 Race Relations in North America Cross-listed with HIST3120
Credits: 6
Prerequisites: HIST1100 or 6 credits Humanities.
Exclusions: Unavailable to students with credit for MIKM375 or HIST324.
A history of the cultural interaction between whites, native Americans and blacks in North America from the period of exploration and first contact to the present. Seminar.