Tracy Bear is a Nehiyaw’iskwew academic and member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation located in Northern Saskatchewan. She is an Assistant Professor - cross appointed between the Faculty of Native Studies and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation, Power in My Blood: Corporeal Sovereignty Through a Praxis of Indigenous Eroticanalysis won the Governor General's Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 2016. Dr. Bear utilizes decolonial methodologies and epistemologies of Indigenous Studies to research areas of Indigenous Erotics & Eroticanalysis; Indigenous Feminism, Gender and Sexuality, Land & Body Politics; and Contemporary Indigenous Art. Since its inception in 2013, Dr. Bear has been a member of the National Collective of Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) - a memorial art installation to honour and remember over 1600 missing and murdered Indigenous Women, girls and genderful people in Canada. A prison abolitionist, Dr. Bear also works in the area of critical prison studies and develops and teaches Indigenous themed courses in several prisons in Alberta. She is a co-producer of a show called Tipi Confessions with Kim Tallbear and Kirsten Lindquist. Hosted several times per year, Tipi Confessions is a series of erotically themed storytelling and performance based shows. These events serve as jumping off points for decolonial and critical action based research at the University of Alberta.
Personal Statement: I have been attending the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s yearly conference since 2012 at Mohegan Sun, and have also been following NAISA since 2010. As a relatively new faculty member at the University of Alberta I appreciate the dedicated work of the association and its encouragement to further Indigenous and Native American studies across the globe. After several years of participating in, and presenting at, the NAISA annual meeting, I wish to become more involved. I believe the breadth of my interdisciplinary research areas, connection to NAISA and its members, and interest in the field of Indigenous studies would be a great addition to “identify strong candidates from existing membership of the Association for each office” and serve as a strong member of the Nominations Committee.