Lori Huston (she/her) is a member of the Aboriginal Steering Committee and has Métis, Scottish, and British heritage. Her Métis and Scottish roots are connected to the Red River Métis people, and she has a strong connection to the Métis settlement in Tobacco Creek, Manitoba, and the township of Carmen, Manitoba. Lori has British heritage on her mother’s side, with her grandmother being a British settler who came to Canada as a war bride.
Born and raised in Treaty 3 territory in Red Lake, Ontario, Lori is a mother of two and has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory.
Lori’s research focuses on Indigenous ECE leadership and explores Indigenous pedagogies in relation to reconciliation, place, and land-based teachings. 2018 she established the Rising Indigenous Voices in Early Learning mentorship program, collaborating with over 100 Indigenous ECEs in northern Ontario First Nation communities.
As part of her Ph.D. work, Lori aims to integrate Indigenous knowledge and heart pedagogies to support teaching and learning in early learning settings. Her research examines how early childhood educators incorporate local land-based practices and heart pedagogies to create culturally responsive environments that foster sustained learning.
Huston, L., & Michano-Drover, S., (2022). Placing the Child’s Hands on the Land: Conceptualizing, Creating and Using a Land-Based Play Space, In s.s. Peterson & N. Friedrich (Eds.) Roles of place and play in young children’s oral and written language. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.