Research Team

Satuts Stsuhwum (Angela Marston), Special Projects Coordinator

Satuts Stsuhwum (Angela Marston) is the new Special Projects Coordinator for both the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership and the President’s Chair, in Indigenous Education. 

Angela brings a wealth of knowledge spanning 20 years of experience in administration, most recently with the last 5 years working in Indigenous-focused positions, and with communities including some curriculum development experience in Hul’qumi’num language. 

Angela is from Stz’uminus First Nation. She was born in Ladysmith, BC and has spent most of her life on Vancouver Island.  

Angela has worked in administrative and management positions, First Nation governance, social development, non-profit organizations, an Indigenous Art provincial funding program and most recently language revitalization. Angela primarily focuses on developing programs that advocate and support Indigenous youth and communities.  

Angela is an established Coast Salish artist and is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at Coastal Peoples Fine Art Gallery. She has a unique approach of combining her love of traditional Coast Salish weaving techniques with carving resulting in rare, distinctive works. In 2017 Angela’s Four Element Healing Rattles were part of the National Gallery of Canadas Biennial exhibition and were noted as a piece of influence to contemporary Indigenous art in Canada.  ​

Tehota’kerá:ton, Dr. Jeremy D. Green, Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021)

Tehota’kerá:ton, Dr. Jeremy D. Green is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), wolf clan and from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. His scholarship focuses on language acquisition planning and the role of assessment and evaluation for proficiency development of second language (L2) learners of Indigenous languages. Most recently, he collaborated with diverse stakeholders to design a language and culture mentorship program to help adult Mohawk L2 learners increase their speaking proficiency from the Advanced to the Superior and Distinguished levels. Importantly, to guide learning and create culturally relevant assessment and evaluation tools, this work identified descriptors of Superior and Distinguished level performances specific to the language and culture context within which the language is learned and used.

Tehota’kerá:ton earned his Doctorate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo in 2020. His dissertation collected, organized and presented a wide variety of language teaching and learning methods deemed effective for the Mohawk language for ease of use by Mohawk language teachers.

Dr. Kari A. B. Chew, Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020)

Dr. Kari A. B. Chew is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Her scholarship focuses on the motivations and experiences of adult additional language learners who are reclaiming their Indigenous heritage languages. Dr. Chew earned her Doctorate in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona in 2016 and she is now an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education at the University of Oklahoma.

Her current research focuses on adult Indigenous language learners, Indigenous language curriculum, and the role of technology in Indigenous language education (e.g. by connecting learners who live outside their communities to their languages).

While her Postdoc Fellowship concluded in the summer of 2020, she remains involved with the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Partnership as a collaborator. She also is a co-investigator on the SSHRC Connection Grant project “Exploring Innovative and Successful Adult Language Learning Methods in Canadian and US Indigenous Communities” (2018-2021).

Chew, K.A.B. , Anthony-Stevens, V., LeClair-Diaz, A., Nicholas, S.E., Sobotta, A. & Stevens, P. (2019). Enacting Indigenous Language and Cultural Reclamation across Geographies and Positionalities. Transmotion, 5(1), 132-151.
Chew, K.A.B. (2019). Weaving Words: Conceptualizing Language Reclamation through a Culturally-Significant Metaphor. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 41(1).
McCarty, T.L., Nicholas, S.E., Chew, K.A.B., Diaz, N.G., Leonard, W.Y. & White, L. (2018). Hear Our Languages, Hear Our Voices: Storywork as Theory and Praxis in Indigenous-Language Reclamation. Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 147(2), 160 -17 2.
Chew, K.A.B. & Anthony-Stevens, V. (2017). Teaching from a Place of Hope in Indigenous Education. Anthropology News, 58(2). e265-e269.
Chew, K.A.B. (2015). Family at the Heart of Chickasaw Language Reclamation. The American Indian Quarterly, 39(2), 154-179.
Chew, K.A.B., Hicks, N. & Keliia, C. (2015). Claiming Space: An Autoethnographic Study of Indigenous Graduate Students Engaged in Language Reclamation. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 17(2), 73 -91.
Chew, K., Keliiaa, K. & Hicks, N. (2015, March). Studying Indigenous Heritage Languages at Universities: A Collaborative Autoethnography. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC).

Nicki Benson, Research Coordinator

Nicki Benson is a Jewish woman, the daughter of immigrants to Canada. She was born and raised on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territories in Vancouver and currently lives on W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen territories in Victoria. She has an M.A. in Language Education, and worked for over a decade as a language teacher before turning her focus to research and consulting to support Indigenous language revitalization. Nicki is a PhD candidate in Education at UVic where her research explores strategies for taking Indigenous languages to advanced levels of proficiency. Nicki is an advanced second language speaker of Spanish and is working on passing Spanish on to her two young daughters as their first language. Nicki has worked with NEȾOLṈEW̱ since 2018, and is currently the Research Coordinator for NILLA, the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Indigenous Language Learning Atlas.

Kanen’tó:kon Hemlock, Research Coordinator

Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawà:ke
Bear Clan
Currently working toward PhD at University of Hilo in Language and Culture Revitalization. He is a Research Coordinator for the Covid-19 impacts on Language revitalization project and the 7000 Languages project.

Jackie Dormer, Research Coordinator

Jackie Dormer is of Michif, German, Irish, and Polish ancestry and grew up in Treaty 1 Territory and the homeland of the Metis Nation (Winnipeg, MB). She received a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Manitoba and is now working towards a degree in Native Studies. She is currently supporting a collaborative research effort led by Dr. Kari Chew and 7000 Languages, along with community partners, Hase’ Language Revitalization Society and Prairies to Woodlands Indigenous Language Revitalization Circle. Their research focuses on how Indigenous communities utilize computer assisted language learning technology.

Robyn Giffen, Research Coordinator

Robyn Giffen is of German and English ancestry and grew up on Treaty 7 land in Calgary, AB. She spent most of her adult life in Kelowna, BC, living, studying, and working on the unceded and ancestral territory of the Sylix and Secwepemc people. She now lives as grateful settler on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. Robyn has an M.A. from the University of British Columbia specializing in Linguistic Anthropology and has worked on Indigenous language revitalization projects in Ghana, Alaska, and Vancouver, BC. Robyn is currently a PhD student in Education at UVIC, focusing on Indigenous language learning assessment. As a NEȾOLṈEW̱ research assistant, Robyn has contributed to numerous projects including NILLA and social media.


Jacob Manatowa-Bailey, Research Assistant

Jacob Manatowa-Bailey (Sauk) was the founding Director of the Sauk Language Department (SLD) for the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma (2005-2016).  He is currently the coordinator of MICA’s Next Steps Project providing planning assistance to language revitalization programs.  Concurrently, he is a doctoral student at the University of Victoria with a research interest in reflective practice within the field of Indigenous Language Revitalization.   

Adam Stone, Research Assistant

Adam Stone is English Settler and Jewish, and was born and currently lives on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin People where Ottawa currently stands. He earned his Doctorate in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University in 2020, and is a part-time Research Assistant with the NILLA project where he plays a supportive role in behind-the-scenes work and the NILLA interface. He is also a Contract Instructor of linguistics at Carleton University, and a

Research Associate at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre in Ottawa, where he is involved in projects focusing on redefining practices regarding the promotion and representation of Indigenous and minority languages in digital mapmaking in Canada and internationally.

Acknowledgement of previous team members

Many wonderful people have contributed to the work of NEȾOLṈEW̱ over the years. They are (in alphabetical order of last name):
Adar Anisman, Carolyn Belleau, Emily Comeau, Nicole Davies, Pierre Iachetti, Samaya Jardey, Barbara Jenni, Zola Kell, Anureet Lotay, Layla chuutsqa Rorick, Robby Smoker-Peters, Danielle Sullivan.