Indigenous Math Education Network

We share activities of the Network that brings Indigenous community, culture, and mathematics together as told through the experiences of 5 elementary/secondary teachers from BC’s rural and urban communities. Activities include teaching math through Indigenous storywork and opportunities to contribute to our amazing community beading project where we explore mathematical hypersquares, Indigenous pedagogies, and connections to place.

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Friday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Room Emerald A (Westin)
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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  • Cynthia Nicol

    Cynthia is an educator and professor in the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia (UBC) and holds the David Robitaille Professorship in Mathematics and Science Education. Her research explores approaches to connecting math, community and culture for all students and especially for students in remote, rural and Indigenous communities.


  • Jo-ann Archibald

    Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem is from the Stó:lō and St’at’imc First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. She is Professor Emeritus in the Educational Studies Department at the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia (UBC) and has received multiple awards locally, nationally and internationally for her innovative contributions to Indigenous education.


  • Jen Whiffin

    Jen has been a teacher for the Coquitlam school district for over 22 years. An elementary teacher by trade, Jen has a keen interest in differentiation in mathematics, as well as creating meaningful connections between math, science, and culture. She is currently the district coordinator for numeracy in Coquitlam.

  • Joy Fast

    Joy is a coordinator of primary learning for the Delta School District and an adjunct professor at UBC. She has taught early primary for 20 years. Having just completed her MEd in Mathematics Education, her work includes outdoor, place-based learning and incorporating the principles of Indigenous Storywork in Mathematics.

  • Debby Knoke

    I am celebrating my 20th year as a secondary school teacher in the lower mainland independent school system. Since September 2020, I have been working towards a Master of Education in the field of Mathematics in the Community where I have focused much of my studies at exploring the relationship between integrating social justice issues with mathematics lessons to make the curriculum more relevant to my students. I aim to find ways to make learning math more engaging and exciting to students.

  • Leighann Rodger

    Leighann is the principal of Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School located on the traditional unceded territory of the Haida Nation. Leighann holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from UNBC and a Masters of Education from UBC. She has been an educator for fifteen years with a focus on diverse and inclusive education. Leighann has a keen interest in Indigenous Community, Culture, and Math Education.

  • Sandra Fox

    Sandra is currently a district curriculum support teacher in Vancouver with a focus on math education and numeracy development. She has twenty years of teaching experience in elementary classrooms, as an orchestra teacher, and as a district teacher. Sandra is currently completing her Master of Education in mathematics education at UBC. She finds fulfillment in bringing engaging, joyful math experiences to students and supporting colleagues in doing the same.