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Meet our team

Amber Bedard (She/Her)

Manager, Indigenous Research Support Team

Amber is a member of Piikani First Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Alberta and Montana. Amber has a diverse background in Indigenous research and consultation and is passionate about ensuring this work is done in a culturally responsive and safe manner, while also advocating for deep learning and creating space for Indigenous knowledge.

As the manager, she develops and operates programming, initiatives, and provides administrative leadership in consultation with the Associate Vice-President (Research), Executive Director of Research Services and the Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement. She also works to build collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities in the effort to facilitate mutually beneficial and culturally-responsive research initiatives and partnerships.

Alexandra Kanters (She/Her)

Indigenous Research Ethics and Process Specialist

Alexandra is of mixed European ancestry and has the privilege of living and working in Moh-kíns-tsis, in the Treaty 7 region. As a born and raised Calgarian, Alexandra is very happy to be back living in Calgary. She has worked in research administration since 2016.

Alexandra acts as an internal point of contact for UCalgary researchers planning on working within the Indigenous landscape. She frequently works in an advising capacity both for researchers working with Indigenous communities, and for various groups across campus seeking to engage with or better support Indigenous research. She also works closely with both UCalgary REBs and is happy to discuss any questions related to ethics or other research processes at the university.

Kimberly Van Patten (She/Her)

Research Coordinator

Kimberly is of Cree, Métis, and European descent and a member of the Tallcree First Nation. Originally from a rural, northern Alberta community in Treaty 8 territory, she has been a humble visitor of the Treaty 7 region for the past 12 years.

As a research coordinator, Kimberly supports Indigenous scholars who are engaging in non-health related research. Research supports include assistance with grant proposals, manuscript copyediting, research ethics applications (CFREB), research agreements, and other research administration tasks.

Shayla Scott (She/Her)

Health Research Coordinator

Shayla is a member of the Yellowknives Dené with Cree, Inuit, and mixed European heritage. Born in Yellowknife and raised in Calgary, she is happy to give back to the Treaty 7 communities that have supported and affirmed her Indigenous identity.

Shayla supports Indigenous scholars who are engaging in health-related research in the Cumming School of Medicine and the faculties of Nursing and Kinesiology. Research supports include assistance with grant proposals, manuscript copyediting, research ethics applications (CHREB), research agreements, and other research administration tasks.



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