Julie Pelletier, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist specializing in Indigenous studies with a particular interest in the indigenization of the academy, the politics of representation and identity, and economic development as self-determination. An associate professor at the University of Winnipeg, Julie has served as the chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies and is currently the acting executive director of the Global College Human Rights Program. A descendant of the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq peoples of the St. John River Valley in northern Maine, she has lived much of her adult life in the territory of other Indigenous peoples as a grateful and respectful guest.
Hello fellow NAISA-ers! I have been participating regularly in NAISA meetings since the University of Minnesota conference in a number of capacities – giving papers, organizing panels, and mentoring new student participants. It has been inspiring to see the growth of the organization in numbers of attendees and members as well as in the range of disciplines and approaches. I have been involved in Indigenous studies for more than 25 years, as a student, faculty member, and administrator. My work in Canada and the U.S. has given me a comparative perspective that would be of value to the NAISA Council, as has my experience living and interacting with Indigenous peoples and scholars from different regions and from many disciplines. I would be honored to serve my colleagues in this capacity and promise to bring to the position enthusiasm, administrative experience, willingness to work respectfully with others, and a commitment to NAISA’s mission.