Jesse Rae Archibald-Barber (Cree), President

Jesse Archibald-Barber 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

Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis), Past President

Deanna Reder (Cree-Métis) is the Chair of the Department of First Nations and the Director of the Masters of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) for the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. She is currently co-editing Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry by Vera Manuel, along with Michelle Coupal (Algonquin), Joanne Arnott (Métis), with Emalene Manuel (Secwepempc/Ktunaxa), to be released in 2018. She is a co-editor of an anthology suitable for the first year university classroom called Read, Listen, Tell: Stories from Turtle Island (2017) with lead editor Sophie McCall, and David Gaertner and Gabrielle Hill. She is also co-editor of an anthology of Indigenous literary criticism, Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (2016), with Linda Morra. She is proud to have been a part of the amazing founding council of ILSA that met in October 2013; Cherokee scholar Daniel Heath Justice brought together a mix of Indigenous and settler scholars to found an association that included Sam McKegney, Jo-Ann Episkenew (Métis) Keavy Martin, Kristina Bidwell (NunatuKavut), Rick Monture (Mohawk), the late Renate Eigenbrod and Armand Garnet Ruffo (Anishinaabe). She is currently the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


Michelle Coupal (Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation, Algonquins of Ontario), President-Elect

Michelle Coupal is Assistant Professor of English at Laurentian University. Michelle specializes in and teaches courses on Indigenous literatures, Indigenous media/film, and Canadian literature. Michelle’s book-in-progress, Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada, was awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2016-2018), and will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Michelle is co-editor (with Deanna Reder [Cree/Métis] and Joanne Arnott[Métis]) of a collection of the works of Secwepemc/Ktunaxa writer Vera Manuel, which is in press with the University of Manitoba’s First Voices First Texts series edited by Warren Cariou (Metis). Michelle has published and submitted articles on teaching trauma and Indian residential school literature, pedagogies of reconciliation, the cultural work of teaching truth and reconciliation through narrative, and Indigenous positioning protocols in the classroom.

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Sarah Henzi, Secretary

Sarah Henzi is Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literatures in the Département de littératures et de langues du monde at Université de Montréal. She is also Organizer of and Lecturer for the International Graduate Summer School on Indigenous Literatures and Film at Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM). Currently she serves as Assistant Editor for Francophone Writing for Canadian Literature and on the editorial board of Studies in American Indian Literatures.   Her research focuses on genres that are redefining and expanding upon what has been considered thus far as “literature” in the field of Indigenous Literary Studies: comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, slam poetry, 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. 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: Approaching Indigenous Literatures (2016), and has publications in Canadian LiteratureRecherches amérindiennes au Québec, the Canadian Review of Comparative LiteratureQuebec StudiesStudies for Canadian Literature, the London Journal of Canadian Studies, and Australasian Canadian Studies.


Aubrey Hanson (Métis), Treasurer

Aubrey Hanson is of Métis and European ancestry and is from Calgary, where she is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Aubrey taught in the Calgary Board of Education before joining the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary in 2012—first as a doctoral student and then as a faculty member. Aubrey’s research focuses on the relationships between Indigenous literatures, education, and the resurgence of Indigenous communities. She investigates how the imaginative work of the Indigenous literary arts matters to Indigenous peoples' ongoing efforts to sustain healthy communities. In this work, she focuses on gender, sexuality, resilience, and urban space.

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Svetlana Seibel, EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR (two years from November 2017 to October 2019)

Svetlana Seibel is currently a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Saarland University, Germany, in the department of English (Chair of North American Literary and Cultural Studies). She defended her dissertation, entitled Personal Totems’: The Poetics of the Popular in Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture in North America, in July 2016. Her dissertation aims at contributing to the construction of a theoretical framework for the study of Indigenous popular culture, with a special emphasis on Indigenous popular fiction (vampire fiction, zombie fiction, science fiction and its various subgenres, superhero narratives etc.). In June 2017, she organized the international and interdisciplinary conference Long Time Ago on a Reservation Far, Far Away: Contemporary Indigenous Popular Culture across the Globe at Saarland University. The conference brought together scholars from Europe, India, Canada, and the Ukraine who work in the field of Indigenous popular culture. As a doctoral student she was part of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) Diversity: Mediating Difference in Transcultural Spaces, and after completing her dissertation she remains affiliated with this group as an associated Post-Doc. The IRTG is a partnership between two German universities—Trier University and Saarland University—and Université de Montreál in Montreal, Canada. Through her work as part of the IRTG she maintains close ties to Canada and its academic community.


Jordan Abel (Nisga'a) GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE (one year from November 2017 to October 2018)

Jordan Abel is currently writer-in-residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture, a member of the editorial board at Wolsak & Wynn’s Buckrider Books imprint, and a PhD student at Simon Fraser University. His research concentrates on Indigenous poetry and intergenerational trauma. His creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation(Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). His  body of work includes The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). As the graduate student representative, he brings to the ILSA council, knowledge of the publishing industry in Canada, and enthusiasm for Indigenous poetry and poetics.



Sam McKegney, Former 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, Former 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, Former 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. 

Angela Semple, Former 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!).