Thompson Rivers University

Shelly Johnson

Name: Shelly Johnson
Position: Canada Research Chair
Phone: 250.828.5125

Research Interests

Ten (10) selected research projects in the past five (5) years, as PI and Co-PI.

2016-17. SSHRC Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network. Restorative Indigenous child welfare practices. PI. $30,000

2016-2018. Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services. Restorative Indigenous child welfare research. PI. $50,000

2014-2018. SSHRC Insight Grant. Awakening the spirit: Revitalization of cultural practices and language in Musqueam. PI. $ 500,000

2014. SSHRC Connection Grant. Indigenizing Utopias Conference. University of British Columbia. Co-PI. $ 22,392

2013-2017. SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. First Nations Court: Towards a restorative justice healing plan. PI. $ 200,000

2012-2018. SSHRC Partnership Grant. Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Research Network. Co-PI. $2,500,000

2013-14. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. UBC Vancouver. Early Career Scholar. PI. $ 20,000

2013. SSHRC. Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Research Network. Strategies to improve the education of urban Aboriginal youth. PI. $ 15,000

2013. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Indigenizing the international academy roundtable. PI. $50,000

2012. VPRI / SPARC. First Nations Court. PI. $ 9,987


2006-2011. Doctor of Education. Educational leadership and Policy. University of British Columbia.

1999-2001. Master of Social Work. University of Northern British Columbia

1996-1998. Bachelor of Social Work. University of Victoria


Journal Articles

Johnson, S. (2016). Indigenizing higher education and the Calls to Action: Awakening to personal, political, and academic responsibilities. Canadian Social Work Review, 33 (135-141).

Johnson, S. (2015). Jordan's Principle and Indigenous children with disabilities in Canada: Jurisdiction, advocacy and research. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 14 (3, 4).

Johnson, S. (2015). Pandemics and urban child survival: Pulling together in the adoption canoe. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 10(1), 52-62.

Johnson, S. (2014). Knucwente-kuc re Stsmemelt.s-kuc:Trauma-informed education for Indigenous children in foster care. Canadian Social Work Review, 31(2), 155-174.

Johnson, S., Archibald, J., Rigney, L. & Martin, G. (2014). Editorial: Indigenizing the international academy. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 37(1), 1-8.

Johnson, S., Te Momo, F., Clark, N., Sparrow, C., & Hapi, R. (2014). Contested context: Welcoming diverse international Indigenous colleagues to unceded Musqueam territory. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 37(1), 9-27.

Johnson, S. (2014). Developing First Nations courts in Canada: Elders as foundational to Indigenous therapeutic
jurisprudence +. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(2), 1-14.

Johnson, S. (2013). We are the ones we've been waiting for: Towards the development of an Indigenous educational advocacy organization for Indigenous children in Canada's custody. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 36(1), 126-145.

Johnson, S. (2013). Making space for community-based practice experience and spirit in the academy: Journeying towards the making of an Indigenous academic. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 8(2), 82-90.

Johnson, S. & Santos, A. (2013). REDressing invisibility and marking violence against Indigenous women in the Americas through art, activism and advocacy. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 7(2), 97-111.

Johnson, S. (2012). Failing to protect and provide in the best place on earth???: Can Indigenous children in Canada be safe if their mothers aren't? Native Social Work Journal: Indigenous social work practices and theories, 8 13- 41.

Book Chapters

Johnson, S., Definney, S., Brown, L. & Green, J. ( 2014). Siem Smuneem (Respected children): A community-based research training story. In C.Etmanski, T. Dawson and B. Hall (Eds.), Learning and teaching community based research: Linking pedagogy and practice, (pp. 93-112). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Johnson, S., Tamburro, P. & Clark, N. (2012). Indigenous field education; Protocols and practices. In J. Drolet & N. Clark (Eds.). Canadian Field Experiences and Perspectives (pp. 137-159). Toronto: Pearson Canada.

Johnson, S. (2011). Wrap a star blanket around each one. Learning from the educational experiences of Indigenous former youth-in-care on Coast Salish territory. In K. Kufeldt & B. McKenzie (Eds.). Child welfare: Connecting research, policy and practice (pp. 339-352). Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.

Conference Proceedings

Johnson, S. & Sarra, S. (2014). International Indigenous therapeutic jurisprudence: Spirituality and elders matter. International Austronesian Conference, pp. 314-339. Council of Indigenous Peoples (Eds.), Proceedings of the Good Governance and Indigenous Development: Its Applications and Prospects Conference, University of Taipei, Taiwan.

Johnson, S. & Sparrow, C. (2014). Wise Indigenous woman engagement practices on unceded territory: A community-university canoe revitalization project. Proceedings of the 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014 (IIDRC 2014), University of Auckland: Auckland, New Zealand. Pp 72-79.

Employment History

2017- Present. Canada Research Chair in Indigenizing Higher Education and Associate Professor. Thompson Rivers University. Faculty of Education and Social Work. Kamloops, BC.

2012-2016. Assistant Professor. University of British Columbia. Faculty of Arts, School of Social Work. Vancouver, BC.

2008-2012. Assistant Professor. Thompson Rivers University. School of Social Work. Kamloops, BC.

2000-2008. Chief Executive Officer. Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services. Victoria, BC.

2005-06. Instructor. University of Victoria. School of Social Work. Victoria, BC.

1984-2000. Team Leader / Social Worker. BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Prince George, Penticton and Quesnel, BC.

Courses Taught

University of British Columbia (Vancouver)

SOWK 440M Indigenizing/Decolonizing Social Work Practice. Musqueam Indian Band
SOWK 510 First Nations Social Issues in Social Work Pracitce
SOWK 415 Social Work Field Placement. First Nations Law Clinic
SOWK 425 First Nations Social Issues
SOWK 430 Directed Study: Aboriginal Child Welfare
SOWK 415 Field Placement
SOWK 416 Integrative Seminar
SOWK 440 Directed Study: Critical Race Theory
SOWK 337 Culture and Race in Social Work Practice

Courses taught at Thompson Rivers University, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and University of Victoria

SW311 Aboriginal Perspectives on Social Policy
SW 304/402 Social Work Field Practice
Socw 450 Leadership Practice in Social Service Organizations
Socw 454 Aboriginal Decolonizing Social Work Practice
Socw 354 Introduction to First Nations Issues and Human Services
Socw 376 Family and Child Welfare Practice
Socw 323 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Knowledge and Practice
Socw 402 Protecting First Nations Children

Professional Affiliations

2016-Present. Provincial Member, BC Aboriginal Justice Council. Appointed by the Leadership Council.

2013-Present. National Member, Canadian Association for Social Work Education.

2013-Present. National Chair, Thunderbird Circle: Indigenous Social Work Educators' Network.


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