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Edōsdi (Judith Thompson), Board Member

Edōsdi, an accomplished educator and language activist, is an associate professor in the department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria. She teaches courses in both teacher education and Indigenous language revitalization programs. Her current research focus is on the connection between Indigenous language revitalization and health and well-being. She is a trained elementary school teacher and has been teaching at the post-secondary level for over 25 years. 

Until recently, Edōsdi was the Director of her Nation’s Language Reclamation Department. Her PhD research focused on the revitalization of her Tāłtān language, of which she is a learner. In 2018, based on her language revitalization work, Edōsdi received the Distinguished Academic – Early in Career Award from the Canadian University Faculty Associations of British Columbia. In 2018, she was also a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she was an assistant professor in First Nations Studies from 2015-2019. She was recently awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, which will allow her to focus on the inherent systemic and cultural challenges in teaching mandatory Indigenous studies courses.
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