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Indigenous Research Support Team (IRST)

Keeta Gladue

Manager, IRST

Keeta Gladue is an Indigenous futurist, scholar, and researcher. Cree and Métis, she approaches diversity, equity, and anti-racism from an Indigenous community-based perspective. Her research includes studies on the topics of Indigenous mental health, post-secondary education, and academic integrity.

Patricia Taylor

Indigenous Research Advisor

Patricia Taylor is the Indigenous research advisor. Patricia taught with the Calgary Board of Education, the University of Calgary, and the Old Sun Blackfoot College. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Calgary. Working with First Nation students, along with her own Metis status, she understands the challenges faced by Indigenous communities and the value of culturally responsible research. 

Aylin Arzola Salazar

Research Coordinator (Non-Health)

Aylin Arzola Salazar is the research coordinator (non-health). Aylin is a first-generation settler from Mexico, with a master’s degree in Education with a focus on resilience through a decolonial lens. She offers advanced support for Indigenous research projects, and coordination for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars on internal and external processes.

Cheyanne Lemaire

Research Coordinator (Health)

Cheyanne Lemaire is the research coordinator (health). Cheyanne is an Indigenous woman with roots from Tanana, Alaska, Northern Tuchone, Yukon, Sahtu, Fort-MacPhearson, NWT and Cree-Metis Fort Chipewyan, AB. Cheyanne has experience in the federal government within energy and economic development. She also holds a degree in anthropology and is looking forward to completing a master’s.


Ethics and Process Specialist

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Indigenous Research Community of Practice (IRCoP)

IRCoP is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars to network, connect and create capacity within the University of Calgary campus. 

Some of the topics to be discussed include mentorship, university policies and processes, and sharing of research projects and initiatives.

Meetings will be held on the last Thursday of every month at 12:00 p.m. MT.

Please email our team to join IRCoP.

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Monthly Drop-In Sessions

Students, Staff, and researchers are invited to attend. The purpose of these sessions is to provide project support and seek out IRST advise on topics relating to honoraria, cultural protocols, community agreements, and wise practices.

Drop-in sessions will take place on the last Tuesday of every month, over the lunch hour (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT) on Zoom.

  • August 29 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MT
  • September 26 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MT
  • October 31 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MT
  • November 28 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MT

Please download and import the iCalendar (.ics) file to your calendar system.

Meeting ID: 912 6175 1357

Passcode: irst

Access the Zoom Link

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