Dr. Verna St. Denis is a Professor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in integrated anti-racist education in the Department of Educational Foundations. She is both Cree and Metis and a member of the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. She is also both an alumni of and former teaching staff of Indigenous teacher education programs in Saskatchewan. She completed her Ph. D. in education at Stanford University (2002). Over the past 15 years Verna has interviewed well over 100 Indigenous teachers as
part of her research program. She is a co-author of a 1998 Saskatchewan Education funded research on Aboriginal teachers in Saskatchewan public schools. In 2010 she completed a research study commissioned by the Canadian Teachers Federation on the professional knowledge and experience of Aboriginal teachers in Canadian public schools. She has been bestowed many awards, including 2004 University of Saskatchewan Students Union Excellence in Teaching; 2011 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Education. She has received recognition for her scholarship as winner of the 2008 R.W. B. Jackson Award for most outstanding English language article by the Canadian Educational Research Association for her paper titled: Aboriginal education and anti-racist education: Building alliance across cultural and racial identity. In 2012 she was bestowed the Arbos Award of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation for distinguished service to education and the teaching profession. A 2013 Special Recognition Award by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the 2014 University of Saskatchewan Provost’s Award for excellence in Aboriginal Education.