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My research interests are extended family pedagogies informed by traditional Indigenous knowledge: particularly a Syilx children-centred model informed by capti̓kʷɬ stories to transform schools to be more appreciative and sustaining of place-based relationships and cultural and ecological diversity.
Bill Cohen is from the Okanagan Nation with extensive kinship ties throughout BC and Washington. He specializes in the areas of Indigenous knowledge, research, education, and transforming pedagogy. For over twenty-five years, he has engaged in community-driven, transforming projects, as parent, volunteer, advisor, facilitator, and director. He is an educator, artist, story-teller and author. The focus of Bill’s continuing research is to identify, understand and theorize the transforming potential of Indigenous and Okanagan knowledge and pedagogy through organic language and cultural knowledge revitalization. As an educator, he has organized numerous community, school, arts, language, literacy and numeracy projects involving elders, fluent speakers, parents and children.
Creative Writing, En’owkin Centre
Bachelor of Arts and Science with Distinction, University of Lethbridge
Master of Education: Administrative Leadership First Nations Focus, SFU Education Doctorate: Policy and Leadership, UBC
Selected Publications & Presentations
Cohen, B., and Chambers, N. (2013). “Emerging From the Whiteout: Colonization, Assimilation, Historical Erasure, and Okanagan Syilx Resistance and Transforming Praxis in the Okanagan Valley.” In Hinterland of Whiteness: White Fantasies in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia., (Eds.,) Aguilar, L., Berg, L., and Keyes, D. (Submitted). UBC Press: Vancouver
Cohen, B. (2001) “Spider’s Web: Creativity and Survival in Dynamic Balance” Canadian Journal of Native Education. Vol. 24, 140-148.
Illustrator, (2013) The Moon Speaks Cree by Larry Loyie; (1997) Kwulasuwut II by Ellen White; (1995) Just A Walk by Jordan Wheeler, Theytus Books: Penticton BC.
Editor, (1998) mayx twixmntm tl q’sapi lats k’ulmstm i snklc’askaxa (stories and images about what the horse has done for us): an illustrated history of okanagan ranching and rodeo. Theytus Books: Penticton BC.
First Peoples’ Cultural Council Silent Speakers Program