Lisa Lunney Borden is an Associate Professor of mathematics education at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and holds the John Jerome Paul Chair for Equity in Mathematics Education. Having taught 7-12 mathematics in a Mi’kmaw community, she credits her students and the community for helping her to think differently about mathematics teaching and learning. She is committed to research that focuses on decolonizing mathematics education through culturally based practices and experiences that are rooted in Aboriginal languages and knowledge systems. Lisa is equally committed to mathematics outreach through programs such as Show Me Your Math that was developed with David Wagner, Newell Johnson, and a team of teachers from Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey schools. This program invites Indigenous youth to find the mathematical reasoning inherent in their own community context. Lisa is a sought-after speaker on Indigenous mathematics education, working with mathematics educators across Canada as well as internationally.
Colinda Clyne (left) is an Anishinaabe kwe (Kitigan Zibi), Curriculum Lead for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education, Upper Grand District School Board. An educator for 26 years, Colinda has been leading and facilitating professional development for over 17 years. In her current role, Colinda creates the system wide action plan for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education in her board, building capacity in K-12 teachers and administrators, connecting Elders and knowledge keepers with educators and students, and implementing strategies to improve Indigenous student well being and academic success. This work is grounded in relationships and she works hard every day to build and strengthen relationships within her local community, school communities and beyond.
Pamala Agawa (right) is Anishinaabe-kwe from Batchewana First Nation. She is a mother, an auntie, a sister, a daughter, a coach, an educator and a lifelong learner. Pamala has been an educator for 20 years in a various roles, including the Curriculum Coordinator for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Education. She is currently a vice-principal at Keswick Highschool in York Region District School Board. Her interests are focused on supporting decolonizing instructional practice to create amazing learning spaces for all, especially Indigenous youth.