Robinson, Dr. Rheanna

Rheanna Robinson
PhD Assistant Professor, First Nations Studies
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Welcome to the Department of First Nations Studies! My name is Rheanna Robinson and I'm grateful for this opportunity to introduce myself. Land acknowledgments are important and I would like to begin by acknowledging the territory of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation where the Prince George campus of UNBC is located. I am of Métis ancestry and although I was raised in the community of Smithers, BC, my Indigenous heritage comes from Manitoba’s Red River Valley. I am a proud mom to two sons, Sean (Yagabax) and James (Jagabax), who are also of Nisga’a ancestry. I have a long history in Northern BC and have been involved with UNBC as a student, staff, faculty member, and volunteer since 1995. I earned my Master's degree in First Nations Studies at UNBC in 2007 and completed my PhD in Educational Studies at UBC in 2016. I am an Indigenous scholar who is deeply committed to the discipline of First Nations Studies, my role and responsibility as an educator, what I learn from you, as a student, and what you learn from me, as a Professor. What each of us brings to the classroom is powerful, reciprocal, and has the potential to be foundationally transformative.

Research and Expertise

Indigenous Education, Indigenous theory and methods, disability advocacy, and community-based research.

Research Fields:
  • Disability
  • Education
  • First Nations
  • Health
  • Health and Wellbeing
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • First Nations Studies