Dẕenēs̱ hoti’e! Edōsdi ushyē. Tałsetān didene hots’ih.
Tsesk’iye esdā tsehi. Tlabānotine hots’ih ja’ sini.
My name is Edōsdi, which literally means "someone who raises up pets and children", or more simply, "someone who is a teacher." I am a member of the Tahltan Nation; my clan is crow and my crest is frog. My English name is Judy Thompson and I was born and raised in La̱x Kxeen (Prince Rupert, BC) on Ts’msyen territory. For almost 25 years, as a student, educator and researcher, I have been building relationships with Aboriginal communities, which has included connecting youth with their Elders. I have mentored students at a First Nations post-secondary institute and a community college, teaching in adult basic education and university credit programs. I have developed many courses and programs, which have often included ways to Indigenize curriculum, decolonize teaching, and provide support for Aboriginal learners. My teaching career has ranged from teaching at the primary school level, to teaching Grades 8-12 math and science courses to adult learners, to teaching university credit courses in First Nations Studies.
I completed a PhD at the University of Victoria, where I also completed an MSc in Environmental Studies. At Simon Fraser University, I completed a BSc in Kinesiology and the Professional Development Program, which lead to the completion of a professional teaching certificate. My doctoral dissertation, Hedekeyeh Hots’ih Kāhidi – "Our Ancestors Are In Us": Strengthening Our Voices Through Language Revitalization From A Tahltan Worldview, employed a Tahltan research paradigm and spoke to the ways in which the voices of my people can gain strength and healing through the revitalization of our language. My doctoral research guided the development of a Tahltan Language and Culture Framework, which focuses on governance, programming, documentation, and training and professional development. Since 2012, I have been the Tahltan Language and Culture Lead for my Nation.
As a long-term resident of northern BC, I am so excited to continue my learning, teaching, and research journey at UNBC, on the lands of the Lheidli T’enneh people. My research interests include Indigenous language revitalization, Indigenous research methodologies, culturally-based curriculum, and Indigenous knowledge systems.