Initial Research Assistants

Rachel Taylor (Iñupiaq)
MA completed, SFU (2019)                   
Master of Publishing (MPub) program

Rachel Taylor is a mixed Iñupiaq and settler editor, living and working as an uninvited guest on Coast Salish territories. She specializes in the unique considerations of working with Indigenous stories and storytellers, contemporary and traditional.

Rachel was one of the RAs who in 2017 went to Germany on behalf of TPatT to collect materials from scholar Hartmut Lutz’s archive.  In 2016 Rachel also worked with past-RA Natalie Knight to transcribe a large portion of the Edward Ahenakew hand-written corpus, including his unpublished novel, Black Hawk, composed circa 1918.




Treena Chambers (Métis)
Master's Student, SFU

School of Public Policy

Treena brings her experience as a mature student and her Métis background into her studies of nationhood and identity. Treena’s past experience as a co-curator and organizer of the Robson Reading Series and work in the bookselling industry helps to inform her varied contributions to The People and the Text. She has also worked on the categorization/digitization of archival materials that appear on our website. In 2017, as part of her work as an RA, she travelled to Germany to gather materials for TPatT and brought back Dr. Lutz’s collection of interviews to Vancouver in her backpack.


Kimberley John (shíshálh)
Masters Student, SFU

School of Public Policy

Kimberley has worked on compiling information for the biographies of featured authors on The People and the Text website. Over the years Kim worked on various aspects of the project, including data management and mentorship. Over the years Kim worked on various aspects of the project, including data management and mentorship.



Alison Wick
BA completed, SFU (2021)       
Dept. of Indigenous Studies

Alison completed her BA in June 2021; as an undergraduate student, she researched featured authors and wrote biographies for The People and the Text website.





Sandie Dielissen
PhD Student, SFU
Depts. of GSWS & Indigenous Studies

Sandie conducted archival research at the Glenbow Museum & Archives in Calgary, focusing particularly on the observations and personal notes written by the late Edward Ahenakew. She also transcribed a variety of archival sources, catalogued prep books to be added to the project bibliography, and assisted with administrative matters.




Matthew Provost (Siksikaitsitapi/Blackfoot)
BA completed, SFU (2022)
Dept. of Communications

Matthew is Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) from the Piikani nation, and he studied Communications and Indigenous Studies at SFU. Matthew has digitized manuscripts and transcribed literature from Indigenous authors for The People and the Text project.



Madeleine Reddon (Métis)
PhD Completed, UBC (2022)
Dept. of English

Madeleine worked for TPatT when she was a PhD Candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include global avant-garde and modernist literatures and critical nationalisms. As an RA she conducted research on several authors, included unpublished work by Alootook Ipellie.



Lara Estlin
BA completed, SFU (2018)

Dept. of English

Lara graduated from SFU in 2018 with an BA Honours in English and Humanities. She completed her Honours project on Indigenous authors William Apess (Pequot) and George Copway (Ojibwe), while also working as a research assistant for The People and the Text.


Jessica Bound 
BA completed, U of Manitoba (2019) 

Jessica conducted research for TPatT at the Manitoba archives under the supervision of Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe from the University of Manitoba. At the time, Jessica was in her  third year of her study, working towards her BA. Among her finds are letters, a 1932 short story by William Asham, and the mid 19th-century journal of Métis labourer James Cromartie, that contains entries on everyday activities.


Sarah Hedley

Sarah is an Indigenous Studies and Education Graduate who is living and working on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) peoples. She has contributed to The People and the Text through IT support, database analysis and research.


Jakob Knudsen (Métis, Interior Salish, Dakelh) 
BA Completed, SFU (2020)
Dept. of Indigenous Studies

Jakob is an Indigenous Studies student at SFU. He has contributed art and writing to 221a, the Polyanna Library, and IAM. Jakob has transcribed archival works for The People and The Text.


This RA list is incomplete. TPatT thanks several other RAs who contributed to the project over the years including Toni-Leah Yake, Patrick Canning, Alexa Manuel, and others.


Rachel Taylor
Treena Chambers
Kimberley John
Alison Wick
Sandie Dielissen
Matthew Provost
Maddie Reddon
Lara Estlin
Jessica Bound