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 JESSEN WILLIAMSON KARLA PLENARY4 Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan. She is Inuk from Greenland, and enjoys life in Canada. Topic: Paradigm shift to reveal Inuit gender relations in the context of reconciliation
Karla Jessen Williamson
Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Karla Jessen Williamson is a faculty member in Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a ‘kalaaleq’ – an Inuk from Greenland. Having undergone an education strongly influenced by assimilation, she learned to speak three languages and has become a notable presenter promoting deep cultural understandings. She is well versed in how Inuit arrive at gender equality and how this is arrived at in relationship to ancestors, animals, and the environment. Her teaching specializations include Indigenous epistemologies, oral traditions and resilience as they relate to education. She earned her PhD from the University of Aberdeen. She is the former Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America, and has been a Senior Researcher with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national organization representing the rights of the Inuit. She has three grandchildren, each speaking their grandmother’s language.