Dr. Marie Battiste is a Mi’kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation and from Aroostook Band of Micmacs in Maine. A Professor Emerita at the University of Saskatchewan, she has returned to Nova Scotia and is currently a Special Advisor to the Vice-President Academic at Cape Breton University on Decolonizing the Academy. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Maine at Farmington and graduate degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities, and has been honoured with four honorary degrees (UMaine Farmington, St.Mary’s, Thompson Rivers and Ottawa).
Widely published, she is author of Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit (Purich Press, 2013) and co-authored with J.Y. Henderson on Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge (Purich Press/UBC Press, 2000). She has edited several collections; the most recent are Visioning Mi’kmaw Humanities: Indigenizing the Academy (2016), Living Treaties: Narrating Mi’kmaw Treaty Relations (2016) and The Engaged Scholar Journal for Community Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning on the theme of Indigenous and Trans-systemic Knowledges. She is a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow, an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada and an elected Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.