Dr. Deborah Canada is Métis-Swampy Cree and a citizen of the Great Métis Nation. She completed her doctoral work in the Department of Education at the University of British Columbia, focusing on Indigenous leadership and policy. The objective of her research study The Strength of the Sash, The Métis Peoples Model: An Alternative to BC’s Child Welfare System was to initiate transformative change for the Métis people.
Her current position is Dean of Academics at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. In this capacity she is responsible for several departments, one of which is the department of Aboriginal Early Childhood Education. She was also one of the first curriculum writers for the AECE program. Dr. Canada has been involved in the realm of human service for over 25 years, with a focus on policy, and has worked extensively with Indigenous communities throughout BC.