Students co-facilitate workshop at Congress


As part of the recent Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, on June 1, 2019, three Royal Roads students co-facilitated a full day pre-conference workshop on the topic of “Reconciliation and Adult Learning through Métissage”.

The students are Marcia Dawson and Christine Webster (recent Master of Arts in Leadership graduates) and Brian Mendoza Dominguez (current Doctor of Social Sciences student and also an Master of Arts in Leadership alum).

Marcia Dawson is Gitxsan and a member of the Dzawada’enuxw Nation. She is Lax Gibuu (Wolf clan) and Wilps Haisimsque (house of Chief Haisimsque). Her ancestral name is ‘Naa-mehl. Marcia holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Victoria. She specializes in Indigenous governance and community development and works to address equity for Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge systems through bridging Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships. Family is a foundational value for Marcia and she is proud of her most important accomplishment, which is the honour of raising her four sons.

Christine Webster is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Ahousaht Nation. She was raised by her grandparents, Andrew and Sarah Webster (mit), in Victoria, the traditional territories of the Coast and Straits Salish Peoples. Now that Christine has completed her master's degree in leadership, she will continue on with PhD studies at the University of Victoria. Her interest is understanding and positively impacting the relationship between Indigenous post-secondary students and educational institutions. Christine also works in the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria.

Brian Dominguez currently works as head of research, optimization and implementation for a private firm. Brian is a Canadian army veteran and life-long learner. Studying programming at LaSalle in Montreal until the dot-com bust, he switched to operations management at BCIT in the early 2000s, developing a passion for operational improvements and an interest regarding the role that waste in business processes play on society. He led a 26-month motorcycle-research tour through 16 countries, which inspired completion of his Master of Arts in Leadership and further research in the Doctor of Social Sciences program. Brian’s goal is to drive values-based productivity. Brian has Irish and Métis family lore and he married into a Mexican family.

This pre-conference was an opportunity to

  1. Promote student leadership, learning and research development;
  2. Collaborate to advance Indigenous ways of being, doing, and knowing in the academy; and
  3. Live RRU’s value of creativity as well as the new LTRM through our scholarship.

The three students co-facilitated this workshop with three faculty from the School of Leadership Studies: Catherine Etmanski, Kathy Bishop and Cheryl Heykoop. This workshop was part of the annual gathering for the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE).

Métissage is an innovative learning, teaching and research method that interweaves diverse texts, including personal stories, poetry, gestures and images and supports the co-construction of knowledge about self, others and the world. Although it is not explicitly a Métis or Indigenous practice, Métissage has been conceptualized by University of Alberta scholar Dwayne Donald as a decolonizing research sensibility and by University of Calgary scholar Gregory Lowan-Trudeau as an interpretive Indigenous approach.

The School of Leadership Studies has a hot off the press publication on Métissage that is now available through the Engaged Scholar Journal: Bishop, K., Etmanski, C., Page, M. B., Dominguez, B., & Heykoop, C. (2019). Narrative Métissage as an Innovative Engagement Practice. Engaged Scholar Journal, 5(2), 1–17. Access this open source article

Please contact Leadership faculty (Kathy, Catherine or Cheryl) for more information.