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February 23, 2023

Reconciliation + Design Series - Dialogue 3: Indigenous ways of knowing and being, with Wanda Rockthunder


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Speaker: Wanda Rockthunder

Wanda Rockthunder

Wanda Rockthunder, Ph.D. Student, MBA, BBA
Sessional Instructor, Graduate Programs

Wanda is a Nêhiyaw Iskwêw (Cree Woman) with Treaty Status from Treaty 4 Territory and a registered band member of Piapot Cree Nation (under the Indian Act) in Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been married to her devoted husband, Lorne, for 31 years, and together they have five children and twelve grandchildren. Wanda has spent a lifetime learning, and her academic background is in philosophy, education, business, and Indigenous ways of knowing. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (2012) from the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina and a graduate degree in Master of Business Administration (2021) from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. In addition, she is a Ph.D. student in the Civil Engineering program at UBC Okanagan and is in her second year of study.

For the past 25+ years, Wanda has worked in education, facilitation, government, and non-profit within the community. She is an academic, educator, facilitator, advocate, civil rights activist, and knowledge keeper. Wanda has several other pieces of training and certificates among her postsecondary degrees as a lifelong learner. Her consulting company, Asiniy-Piyesiw & Associates Inc., focuses on assisting the Indigenous community to live a healthier lifestyle by offering healing and professional development workshops. Her business also offers workshops and education to the non-Indigenous community on Indigenous life and current events and is always looking for ways of improving life for the Indigenous people. She has spent the last ten years combining contemporary and traditional knowledge to enhance education.

Currently, Wanda is a Sessional Instructor at the University of Regina and Simon Fraser University while completing her Ph.D. studies. She also does freelance contract work. Her overall goal is to assist Indigenous peoples in gaining a balance in their personal and professional lives while educating the non-indigenous community on how to work successfully and respectfully with Indigenous people.


Date + Time
Thu, February 23, 2023
4:30pm - 5:50pm

CEME 1203

6250 Applied Science
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4

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