Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret Kovach as our Keynote Speaker. 

Margaret Kovach

Dr. Margaret Kovach

Indigenous Methodologies and Cultural Sustainability in Research

Margaret Kovach (Sakewew p'sim iskwew) is of Plains Cree and Saulteaux ancestry and a member of Pasqua First Nation located in southern Saskatchewan. She is currently a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the author of Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. Dr. Kovach's work focuses on Indigenous research methodologies and Indigenous post-secondary education. Her publications and oracy scholarship have had a significant impact in her field and she is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading methodologist in the area of Indigenous methodologies. Dr. Kovach has been involved in Truth and Reconciliation Efforts as it impacts post-secondary education, Indigenous research, and Indigenous scholarship. Recently, her scholarship focuses on upholding and supporting Indigenous Faculty in post-secondary environments. Dr. Kovach is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada.  

This keynote presentation is being supported, in part, by the newly created The Harold Atwood Anderson Jr. Fund for Documentation Work in Cultural Sustainability. Faculty and alumnae/i of the M.A.C.S. program created this award to honor Harold Atwood Anderson Jr., an accomplished composer and award winning jazz bassist, independent ethnographer, and adjunct faculty member of the M.A.C.S. Program who also taught Cultural Anthropology at Bowie State University in Maryland. He published extensively on the traditions of African-American watermen and maritime communities in the Chesapeake region, wrote numerous reports on endangered folkways for prestigious national institutions, including the Smithsonian, and completed extensive fieldwork both in the U.S. and in New Zealand.