Jessica Kolopenuk

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Native Studies

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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
Email
jessica.kolopenuk@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation) is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral project, The Science of Indigeneity: DNA Beyond Ancestry is a study of how, in Canada, genomic knowledge is impacting what it means to be Indigenous in the fields of forensic science, biomedical research, and physical anthropology. She identifies productive spaces where Indigenous peoples might intervene to govern the genomic sciences that affect their bodies, territories, relatives, and peoples. Over the past two years she has been involved with developing the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training Program and Network (Indigenous STS), which aims to support scientific literacy and capacity among Indigenous peoples. Additionally, Jessica is a co-organizer of the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada). She is also currently working with the Government of Canada and with the National Geographic Society respectively, to development Indigenous-led and decolonial science policy and bioethics. In 2018, she was awarded the Canadian Science Policy Centre’s Award of Excellence in Science Policy.

Courses

EXNS 2801 - Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

This course introduces students to the long and complicated relationships between science and technology fields, broader dynamics of colonialism, and increasing demands for Indigenous governance of the sciences and technologies that affect them.

Continuing Ed Winter 2022

GSJ 598 - Special Topics - Topics in Gender and Social Justice Studies

Special topics will vary.

Winter Term 2022

NS 115 - Indigenous Peoples and Technoscience

This course introduces students to the long and complicated relationships between science and technology fields, broader dynamics of colonialism, and increasing demands for Indigenous governance of the sciences and technologies that affect them.

Winter Term 2022

NS 504 - Directed Advanced Readings in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

Winter Term 2022

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Publications

“Pop-Up” Metis and the Rise of Canada’s Post-Indigenous Formation

Author(s): Jessica Kolopenuk
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: American Anthropologist
Volume: 120
Issue: 2
External Link: https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/15481433/2018/120/2

Red Rivers

Author(s): Jessica Kolopenuk
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: NOMOREPOTLUCKS
Volume: 49
External Link: http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/red-rivers-jessica-kolopenuk/

NDN DNA

Author(s): Jessica Kolopenuk
Publication Date: 2016

My Girl

Author(s): Jessica Kolopenuk
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: aboriginal policy studies
Volume: 3
Issue: 1
External Link: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/aps/index.php/aps/article/view/22230

A New “Indian Register” for Indigenous DNA?

Author(s): Jessica Kolopenuk
Publication: Policy Options
External Link: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/september-2017/a-new-indian-register-for-indigenous-dna/