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The inspiration for this project began when I was a new faculty member at Simon Fraser University (SFU). I was interested in learning more about supervisory practices for Indigenous doctoral students given the exemplary supervisory and committee mentorship guidance that I received from co-supervisors Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, and Dr. Hartej Gill, plus committee member, Dr. Andre Mazawi for my doctoral journey. Working with Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald’s Indigenous Storywork methodology, this research project collaborated with 26 faculty, Indigenous doctoral students and recent Indigenous doctoral alumni at British Columbian universities in order to understand successful and challenging mentorship and supervisory practices.The knowledge mobilization projects from this study will provide solid recommendations to the university for strategic planning in order to enhance the experiences, recruitment, and retention of Indigenous graduate students in the province by meaningfully including Indigenous methodologies in supervisory research practices. The project was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) SFU Internal Grant.


in British Columbian Universities


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