Interim Advisory Group


The Interim Advisory Group is an interim advisory body to the Indigenous Research Support Initiative and is comprised of individuals from Indigenous communities as well as faculty and staff from UBC.

The Interim Advisory Group provided guidance on the planning and overall strategy for an inaugural community gathering that was held in June 2017. The outcomes of the community gathering have informed the overall strategy of the new initiative. The IRSI is currently engaging in an Expression of Interest process to recruit a formal advisory committee to the Indigenous Research Support Initiative. The committee is to provide culturally-relevant advice, leadership and guidance to the staff and leadership team of the Indigenous Research Support Initiative on matters relating to the strategic direction of the initiative, research and ethics protocols, community outreach, governance, procedures and processes of the initiative.


Sophie Pierre – Ktunaxa Nation

Russell Myers Ross – Yunesit’in Government

Michele Sam – ʔaq’am

Jeannette Armstrong – University of British Columbia Okanagan

Linc Kesler – First Nations House of Learning, University of British Columbia

Leona Sparrow – Musqueam First Nation

Helen Burt – Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, University of British Columbia

Sheryl Lightfoot – First Nations and Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia

Patricia Spittal – School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Gordon Christie – Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia