A. Elizabeth Beattie

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Michele A Sam.  I was involved in trying to plan a workshop around processes of reconciliation in environmental education, and Michele was instrumental in helping my colleagues and I to see how much personal work and learning we still had to do before we would be ready to engage with the Ktunaxa Nation of which she is a member, or any other Indigenous group, in an effort of this kind.  Michele used examples from her personal experience and her academic background to show me how my assumptions and ways of working and communicating were deeply embedded in colonial and privileged power systems.  Her strength and humility make her an excellent facilitator for successful, respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.  She continues to inspire me to transform and decolonize my practices as an educator and a researcher.  Huy ch q’u, Michele! “