Indigenous Educational Speaker
Seeing the World Through the Eyes of My Culture
BMus, Bed, MEd
Carolyn Roberts uses her voice to support Indigenous resurgence through education. She is a Coast Salish woman belonging to the Squamish Nation. Her Birth Mother is from the N’Quatqua Nation and her Birth Father is Sto:lo. Carolyn is an Indigenous academic who holds two degrees from UBC, a Masters in Aboriginal Education and Leadership and a Bachelor of Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Jazz Studies from Capilano University. She has been an educator for over 20 years and just recently left her role as Principal of Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw school of the Squamish Nation, where they are working towards revitalizing language and culture by converting their elementary school into a Squamish language immersion school. She believes it is a critical time for Indigenous people to remember who they are and where they came from in order to know where they need to go, moving forward using traditional ways of knowing as a foundation. Carolyn is a leader for the resurgence of Indigenous people reclaiming their languages, history and cultures. Her work is about grounding the next generation of Indigenous children in their culture and ancestral ways to work towards a brighter future for all Indigenous people and the seven generations yet to come. Carolyn has just started her new role as an Indigenous Faculty Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.