Deanna Reder, President

Deanna Reder (Cree-Metis) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University where she teaches courses in Indigenous popular fiction, Indigenous perspectives on Gender and Sexuality and Canadian Indigenous literatures, especially autobiography.  Currently she is co-editing an anthology of literary criticism with Dr. Linda Morra (Bishops University) called Approaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century, currently under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  She is also working with Dr. Sophie McCall (SFU), Dr. David Gaertner and Gabrielle Hill on an anthology suitable for the first year university classroom entitled 'Stories Are All That We Are'; Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island.  In 2010, in her first collaboration with Morra, she co-edited Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, an anthology that examines the history of Indigenous literary critism in Canada in context with present day demands for accountability to Indigenous people and communities.  She has recently co-founded, with Drs. Daniel Heath Justice, Sam McKegney, Keavy Martin, Kristina Bidwell, Rick Monture, the late Renate Eigenbrod and Armand Garnet Ruffo, the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) in October 2013.  She is currently the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  See for more information.

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Jesse Archibald-Barber, President Elect

Jesse is mixed Métis, Cree, and Canadian from Regina.  He an Associate Professor of Indigenous literatures at the First Nations University of Canada.  His recent publications include short stories in Mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling and the Malahat Review, and scholarly articles in Indigenous Poetics in Canada, Selves and Subjectivities: Reflections on Canadian Arts and Culture, and Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory.  He is co-developing an Indigenous theatre and performance program with FNUC and the University of Regina Theatre Department, and his current interests involve the production of Making Treaty 4, a conceptual performance about the history of Treaty and its contemporary consequences.


Sam McKegney, Past President

Sam is a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures. He grew up in Anishinaabe territory on the Saugeen Peninsula along the shores of Lake Huron and currently resides with his partner and their two daughters in traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples where he is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of English at Queen’s University. He has published a collection of interviews entitled Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood, a monograph called Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School, and articles on such topics as environmental kinship, masculinity theory, prison writing, Indigenous governance, and Canadian hockey mythologies. He has been working toward an association to support the study and production of Indigenous literary art in Canada for about five years now and is extremely excited to see the enthusiasm and support ILSA has garnered in its inaugural year.



Sophie McCall, Secretary

Sophie’s main areas of research and teaching are Indigenous literatures and studies in Canada, contemporary Canadian literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, diasporic writing, and studies in reconciliation and transitional justice. Her book First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (UBC P, 2011), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for English Canadian literary criticism and the Canada Prize from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the scholarly work in the Humanities. Her most recent publication, with her co-editor, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, is The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP Books 2015), a collection of essays that approaches the concept of ‘reconciliation’ as a problematic narrative about Indigenous-settler relations, but also as a site where conversations about what a just future looks like must occur. She is also the editor of Anahareo's Devil in Deerskins (U Manitoba P, 2014), the first book-length life narrative published by an Indigenous woman author in Canada; and co-editor (with Melina Baum-Singer and Christine Kim) of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada (Wilfred Laurier UP 2012). With co-editors Dave Gaertner, Garbrielle Hill, and Deanna Reder, she is currently working on an anthology of Indigenous literatures, Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Literatures from Turtle Island (to be co-published by Theytus Books and Wilfred Laurier UP).

June Scudeler, Treasurer

June Scudeler (PhD, UBC 2016) is a Métis scholar whose research combines literature, queer Indigeneity and cultural studies. She is currently a sessional instructor at UBC and SFU, and SFU's Indigenous Graduate Student Coordinator.  June has published articles in Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Culture and Research Journal (a special edition on Indigenous art that she co-edited with Dr. Patricia Marroquin-Norby of the Newberry Library) and Studies in Canadian Literature. June's chapters are included in Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature (2011) and Performing Indigeneity. Inspired by her passion for Indigenous arts, June is the co-Chair of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts society. 

Sarah Henzi, Graduate Representative

Sarah Henzi is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literatures in the Département de littératures et de langues du monde at Université de Montréal. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University and Organizer of and Lecturer for the International Graduate Summer School on Indigenous Literature and Film at Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). Prior to that, she was a FQRSC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia and a Visiting Scholar at McGill University's Institute for the Study of Canada. She is also the New Scholar Representative of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) and Assistant Editor for Francophone Writing for Canadian Literature.
     Her research focuses on genres that are redefining and expanding upon what we have considered thus far as “literature” in the field of Indigenous Literary Studies: comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, film script, and erotica. Also, the prevalence of new media and of the audio-visual and digital worlds are providing exceptional entry points to the land and territories (whether spatial, discursive, aesthetic) that many artists and writers may no longer have access to. Her work also seeks to promote the Francophone literary and artistic works of Indigenous peoples in Quebec. Taken together, her research seeks to offer new ways of thinking about such interventions, without them being constrained to or by fictitious frontiers – national, generic, linguistic or institutional. 
     Her critical monograph "Inventing Interventions: Strategies of Reappropriation in North American Indigenous Literatures – Contemporary Works beyond National and Linguistic Divides" is under contract with University of Manitoba Press. She is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook on Indigenous American Literatures (2014), the Routledge Companion to Native American Literature (2015) and Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century (2016), and has publications in Canadian Literature, Recherches amérindiennes du Québec, the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Quebec Studies, Studies for Canadian Literature, the London Journal of Canadian Studies, and Australasian Canadian Studies.

Angela Semple, Graduate Representative

Angela Semple is a proud member of the Ktunaxa First Nation, and a PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where their research focuses on stories of Indigenous adoption.  They currently teach an Indigenous literatures and Creative Writing class and love it.  Angela hopes to continue teaching in the field of Indigenous literatures upon completion of their degree.  They identify as two-spirit, an auntie, a cat person, and they prefer they/them pronouns (thanks!).