Jennifer Anaquod, BEd ’12

Indigenous educator and researcher, Jennifer Anaquod has spent over 15 years working in early childhood education (ECE) and three years teaching adults Aboriginal ECE theory and practices.

The University of British Columbia alumna is a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation in Saskatchewan, a heritage that informs her work and research. She graduated from the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) at the University of British Columbia in 2012 and received her Diploma in Education in 2013. She went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Leadership with a Ts’’kel designation (a specialization in Indigenous studies). In 2012, she received a UBC Alumni Scholarship and in 2015 she received a BC Aboriginal Student Award for her graduate work, funded by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.

Currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum Studies at UBC, her academic research relates to identity and personal history, and the substantial role an individual’s narrative plays in place-based education. Her research informs her curricula at both Native Education College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she is an instructor in Indigenous education.

Her research interests also include capacity building and inquiry-based learning, subjects she incorporates into her work as an educator. At the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, she currently leads a workshop on early childhood education and capacity building in Aboriginal families. The workshop explores Aboriginal world-views and how to build stable relationships within Aboriginal families and the broader community.