I am the daughter of Margerie Friedel (nee Cunningham) and Clifford Friedel of Duffield, AB. Descended from Nehiyaw speaking Métis people, I remain closely connected to the traditional, ancestral territory of my Ancestors, Manitow Sâkâhikan [Lac St. Anne in central Alberta]. As a matter of courtship, my grandfather Montrose Cunningham skated across this lake in winter to visit my grandmother, Lily LaRocque. Located in the North Saskatchewan watershed, Manitow Sâkâhikan is marked by a long history of fishing, buffalo hunts, and summer gatherings. This remains an important place for Nehiyaw-Métis and other Indigenous peoples today.
I acknowledge myself as a guest in Coast Salish territory, and offer many thanks for the opportunity to live and work on UBC's Vancouver campus - the traditional, ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam - People of the River Grass).
My educational journey includes completion of an undergraduate Degree w/ Distinction in Commerce at the University of Alberta (Faculty of Business, 1996). While studying for that, I also worked as an administrator of college-level business programs for First Nation, Métis and Inuit women. The experience of working in Indigenous higher education prompted completion of a new Masters program in First Nations Education at the University of Alberta (Department of Educational Policy Studies, 1999). My thesis, focused on Aboriginal parental involvement in an urban public school, deals with how issues of power and conflict, related to a legacy of internal colonialism, creates barriers to the meaningful involvement of parents.
The outcomes of my Masters study led me to wonder how, in the context of Canada's unjust history and colonial present, young people attending public schools might come to know who they are in ways that Indigenous parents and Elders are calling for. Thus, I made the decision to pursue a PhD in Indigenous Peoples Education, also at the University of Alberta (Department of Educational Policy Studies, 2009). My PhD research, supported by a SSHRC doctoral fellowship, focuses on urban Indigenous youth identity and experience in the context of non-formal programming in the realm of outdoor education and place-based learning.
Upon completion of my PhD studies, I took up my current position as an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC. Outside of the university context, in October 2010 I was appointed to the Board of Governors of Rupertsland Institute, a Métis Nation of Alberta affiliate (and sat as Chair of the Board of Governors from Feb 2012 to Jan 2013). In May 2011, I was appointed as a Council Member of the Indigenous Leadership and Management Program at the Banff Centre.
Among other things, my research interests include First Nation and Métis experience in the realm of work and learning, decolonizing research at the intersection of health and education, Nehiyaw-Métis oral histories, and Indigenous-focused outdoor/land/place-based education. As part of this latter interest, I have engaged with community-based partners in the Lower Mainland of BC, and Haida Gwaii, to create meaningful academic service learning experiences for UBC graduate students.
In extending upon earlier research, I am in the process of leading (as Principal Investigator) a community-based project focused on Indigenous youth leadership in the area of unintentional injury prevention. This three-year study (2013-16), supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Open Operating Grant, is situated in Alberta (the Edmonton region).
I am interested in pursuing inquiry via means of Indigenous methodologies, community-based participatory research, qualitative case studies, visual research methods, oral hi(stories), and critical race theory in qualitative research.
NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
Friedel, T.L. (2012, Oct). Restoring esprit de corps in the 21st century: Advancing Métis education and training in the Province of Alberta. Indigenous Education Summit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.
Friedel, T.L. (2011, Feb). Learning "to be Aboriginal without being in the woods". "Fostering Biimaadiziwin" - A National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples, Toronto, ON.
Friedel, T.L. (2010, March). Research on racial micro-aggressions, Indigenous identity, and urban First Nations youth. Publicly regulated education systems: A role in reconciliation colloquium – “Improving the education of Aboriginal people living off-reserve: A discussion of delivery modes”, Saskatoon, SK.
Taylor, A., Friedel, T.L. & Edge, L. (2009, March). Pathways for First Nations and Métis youth to the labour market. Aboriginal Policy Research Conference, Ottawa, ON.
Friedel, T.L. (2008, July). Understanding Aboriginal social exclusion through a race-based analysis - the case of urban Native youth. Panel Theme: Health, Safety and Wellness, National Aboriginal Women’s Summit, Yellowknife, NT.
ACADEMIC JOURNAL ARTICLES
Friedel, T.L., Archibald, J.A., Big Head, R., Martin, G. & Munoz, M. (2012). Editorial. Indigenous pedagogies: Resurgence and restoration. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 35 (1), 1-6.
Friedel, T.L. & Taylor, A. (2011). Digging beneath the surface of Aboriginal labour market development: Analyzing policy discourse in the context of Northern Alberta’s oil sands. aboriginal policy studies, 1 (3), 29-52.
Taylor, A. & Friedel, T.L. (2011). Enduring neoliberalism in Alberta's oil sands: The troubling effects of private-public partnerships for First Nation and Métis communities. Citizenship Studies, 15 (67), 815-835.
Friedel, T.L. (2011). Looking for learning in all the wrong places: Urban Native youths' cultured response to Western-oriented place-based learning. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Special Issue - Youth Resistance Revisited, 24 (5), 531-546.
Friedel, T.L. (2010). The more things change, the more they stay the same: The challenge of identity for Native students in Canada. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, 1 (2), 22-45.
Taylor, A., Friedel, T.L. & Edge, L. (2010). Indigenous youth in Northern Alberta: Toward a more expansive view of transitions. Aboriginal Policy Research Initiative: Policy Research Paper Series. Ottawa: The Institute on Governance, in partnership with the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.
Friedel, T.L. (2010). Finding a place for race at the policy table: Broadening the Aboriginal education policy discourse in Canada. Aboriginal Policy Research Initiative: Policy Research Paper Series. Ottawa: The Institute On Governance, in partnership with the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.
Friedel, T.L. (2008). [Not so] crude images and text: Staging Native in ‘big oil’ advertising. Visual Studies, 23 (3), 238-254.
Taylor, A., Friedel, T.L., & Edge, L. (2009). Pathways for First Nation and Métis youth in the oil sands. Pathways for Youth to the Labour Market Series. Ottawa: Canadian Policy Research Networks. Available at: http://cprn.org/doc.cfm?doc=2014&l=en
Friedel, T.L. (2010). Finding a place for race at the policy table: Broadening the Aboriginal education policy discourse in Canada. In J.P. White & J. Bruhn (Eds.), Aboriginal Policy Research Volume III: Exploring the urban landscape, (pp. 171-198). Toronto: Toronto Educational Publishing Inc. (reprint of a journal article above).
Friedel, T.L. (Spring, 2011). Review of "I thought Pocahontas was a movie": Perspectives on race/culture binaries in education and service professions. (Eds., C. Schick and J. McNinch). Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences, 21(1), 119.
Miyonohk âyâwin kiskinwahamâtowin (a many sided thing): Outdoor education, injury prevention and Edmonton's First Nation, Métis and Inuit youth. CIHR Open Operating Grant (Aboriginal Peoples' Health).
April 01, 2013 – March 31, 2016
Grant Amount: $312,033
An oral history of the Métis people of Manitow Sâkahikanihk. Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
January 16, 2013 – January 15, 2016
Grant Amount: $25,000
Co-Investigator (C. Jardine, Principal Investigator)
Engaging Aboriginal youth in tobacco prevention using social media. CIHR Open Operating Grant – Bridge Funding (Aboriginal Peoples' Health)
April 01, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Grant Amount: $100,000
Community-based experiential learning for UBC graduate students. UBC Community Learning Initiative
April 01, 2012 – September 30, 2013
Grant Amount: $9,782
Understanding Indigenous peoples’ participation in outdoor education. UBC Humanities & Social Sciences Seed Grant/Aboriginal Transitions: Undergraduate to Graduate
April 01, 2010 – September 30, 2011
Grant Amount(s): $4,327/$2,208
Co-Investigator (with A. Taylor and L. Edge). Pathways for First Nation and Metis youth in the oil sands. Canadian Policy Research Networks Inc.
March, 2008 – April, 2009
Grant Amount: $43,150
SUPERVISION (current) - DOCTOR OF EDUCATION STUDENTS
SUPERVISION (current) - DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY STUDENTS
COMMITTEES (current) - DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY STUDENTS
COMMITTEES (current) - MASTERS OF ARTS (in Education) STUDENTS
COMMITTEES (completed) - MASTERS OF ARTS (in Education) STUDENTS
EXTERNAL EXAMINER (completed) - MASTERS OF ARTS (in Education) STUDENTS
EXTERNAL EXAMINER (completed) - MASTERS OF EDUCATION STUDENTS
Theories and Dimensions of Place-based Learning: Ecohumanist, Critical and Indigenous Lenses
Indigenous Methodologies and Epistemologies
Curriculum Development & Evaluation: Theoretical and Practical Issues (Indigenous Perspectives)
Critical Issues in First Nations Education