Simon Fraser University
Marianne Ignace is Professor in the departments of Linguistics and First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is also the Director of SFU's First Nations Language Centre. She has carried out research in and with First Nations communities for more than 40 years, and her publications include The Curtain Within: Haida Social and Symbolic Discourse (1989), A practical grammar of Ts'msyen Sm'algyax co-authored with Margaret Anderson, books on Indigenous language planning and curriculum development for the First Nations Education Steering Committee (www.fnesc.ca), and most recently, co-edited with Nancy Turner and Sandra Peacock, Secwepemc People and Plants: Research Papers on Shuswap Ethnobotany, and, with Ron Ignace, Secwepemc People, Land and Laws - Yeri7 re Stsq̓ey̓s-kucw, an epic journey through 10,000 years of Secwepemc history. She has authored many articles and book chapters on such diverse topics as ethno-ecology, Indigenous sense of place, language revitalization, oral history, oratory and stories, and youth hip-hop culture. A resident of the Skeetchestn community in the Secwepemc Nation, she has researched and taught courses in First Nations Studies and Indigeous language for the past twenty years in many communities in the Secwepemc nation, in Haida Gwaii, many other Indigenous communities, and at SFU. She presently directs a SSHRC partnership grant (2013-2020) focused on First Nations language documentation and revitalization.