Associate Dean Margaret Cameron recently announced that Dr. Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton has been appointed to the position of Visiting Indigenous Scholar in the Faculty of Humanities.
The Faculty established the fellowship as a small step towards Indigenization in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action last year. Dr. Claxton was chosen from a number of applications and is the first such appointment in what is expected to be an annual posting.
Dr. Claxton is a member of the Tsawout Band of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation. His doctoral research (Curriculum Studies, University of Victoria) focused on Indigenous Knowledge, with a specialization in the revitalization of the Saanich Peoples’ reef net fishery.
As the Humanities Indigenous Scholar, Dr. Claxton will consult with faculty, staff and students on a broad range of issues. He will also work with the SSHRC-funded project, Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: Race, Indigeneity and the Transpacific (ACVI), one of the funders of the position this year.
ACVI director John Price welcomed Dr. Claxton saying “We’re looking forward to working with Nick and learning about W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) history and traditions. Asian Canadians worked on these lands for many years and I am sure there are stories to hear, both bitter and sweet, about their interactions with the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples.