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

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

Special topics will vary.

Winter Term 2021
NS 504 - Directed Advanced Readings in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

Fall Term 2020
NS 520 - Theoretical Perspectives in Indigenous Studies

This seminar introduces students to the history of and various theoretical concepts deemed important to the discipline of Indigenous Studies..

Fall Term 2020
NS 620 - Advanced Theoretical Perspectives in Indigenous Studies

This course engages students with theoretical concepts seminal to the discipline of Indigenous Studies. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the Indigenous Studies theoretical field and will be able to specifically identify theory relevant to their explicit research project. Through Indigenous theory, students will be able to identify ethical issues in relation to research with Indigenous communities.

Fall Term 2020

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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/