Tammy Harkey is a successful educator with 10+ years of expertise supporting First Nations across the country develop and implement culturally relevant programming that supports Aboriginal learners. She is passionate about ensuring that learners have the support they need in order to achieve their maximum potential in society.
She serves on the Dogwood 25 Board of Directors, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association Board of Governors, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Steering Committee.
Wendy Simon, BA, MSW, RSW Dean of Student Services and Registrar
Wendy Simon is grateful for the opportunity to work and live as an uninvited guest on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Wendy is a proud Haida/Hotinonshonni woman. Wendy’s work as an educator and social worker has been informed by her traditional name/role which is Lightning Eagle Woman. As the Eagle that sits atop of the tree and sees the storms coming, Wendy carries the responsibility of warning and protecting the people. Wendy’s favourite days are when students, staff, and guests gather in the Longhouse to share in ceremony, songs, and laughter.
Tamara Starblanket, BA, LL.B., LL.M Dean of Academics
Tamara has been with the NEC since 2011 as the Program Coordinator of Indigenous Justice Studies.She is a Cree woman from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation. She completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of Saskatchewan and has recently released a book Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State.Tamara's remarkable educational journey included a certificate in public administration from the NEC in 1996.In addition to being a genocide scholar, Tamara is an expert in developing post-secondary education to take an Indigenous standpoint and to build the national identities of the original nations on Turtle Island.