Kerrie Charnley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Teaching

English and Cultural Studies, Nłeʔkepmx Language Fluency, Nsyilxcn Language Fluency (BNLF), St’at’imc Language Fluency

Research Summary

Indigenous Epistemologies, Salishan Intellectual Traditions and Literatures (Interior Salish Literatures and Coast Salish Literatures), Indigenous Literatures, Indigenous Storywork, Indigenous Oral Traditions, Indigenous Literacies, Indigenous Land/Ocean-Based Pedagogies, Indigenous Languages, Multimodal and Multi-sensory Literacies, Cognitive Maps and Geography, Rhetoric, Discourse Analysis, A/r/tography and Arts-Based Research, Autoethnography and Memoir, Mixed Genre Writing, Writing Education

Courses & Teaching

English 114: Studies in Composition: Aboriginal Perspectives, English 387/Cultural Studies 350: Indigenous Literatures: Intellectual Tradition, and other English and Cultural Studies courses. CORH 206: Communicating Indigeneity in the Certificate in Communication and Rhetoric.


Dr. Kerrie Charnley has a PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the University of British Columbia. She is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation and over the past 17 years has taught courses in Indigenous Education, Literature, and Health at UBC, SFU, and the Institute for Indigenous Governance (NVIT).


Ph.D. Education, The University of British Columbia; M.A. English, Simon Fraser University; B.A. English, Simon Fraser University

Selected Publications & Presentations

Charnley, Kerrie, Jordan Stouck and Emily Comeau (2024). Kʷu cyʕap: A tmixʷ-Centered, Land-based Indigenous Writing Guide. An Open Education Resource in Pressbooks, BCCampus. Forthcoming.

Charnley, K. (2022) Book Review: Okanagan Women’s Voices Syilx and Settler Writing and Relations 1870s-1960s, edited by Jeannette Armstrong, Lally Grauer and Janet MacArthur (Penticton, BC: Theytus Books, 2021). BC Studies Quarterly. June 30, 2022. Read more.

Charnley, K. (2019). Embodying Indigenous Coast Salish Education: Travelling With Xé:ls The Sister, Mapping Katzie/Q’iċəy’ Stories And Pedagogies. Ph.D. Dissertation. CIRCLE. The University of British Columbia.

Charnley, K. (2014). “Can a marriage between Indigenous pedagogy and A/r/tography produce new visions for educational success as resurgence?” Presentation. World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (WIPCE). Honolulu, Hawaii.

Charnley, K., McLean, S. and Rolston, K. (2009) “Walking the Talk: Transforming University and Aboriginal Communities through Blended Learning.” CAUCE 2009 Conference Proceedings.

Charnley, K. (2008). “Our Stories are Our Sacred Ground, Our Language is the Air We Breath. Toward a Halq’emeylem- based literary aesthetic.” Salish and Other Languages Conference Proceedings. UBC Press.

Charnley, K. (2005). “Re- visioning the Tower of Babel: Language Evolution Through Translation.” READ Graduate Conference. Simon Fraser University.

Charnley, K. (1995, 2012). “New Ways of Looking at Power.” Dancing on John Wayne’s Head Aboriginal Resistance Dub Music. Coiner of the title of this fourth track of the album, and one of the women of colour speakers on this spoken word recording mixed with music. CD and Digital Recording.

Charnley, K. (1991). A Review of Lee Maracle’s Sojourner’s Truth and Other Stories”. Gatherings: The En’owkin Journal of First North American Peoples. Volume II. En’owkin Centre and Theytus Books.

Charnley, K. (1991). “Concepts of Anger, Identity, Power and Vision in the Writings of First Nations Women.” Paper. Directed Studies Research Project in Women’s Studies. Supervisor: Daphne Marlatt, Canadian poet. Fireweed Feminist Quarterly.

Also in featured in The En’owkin Journal of First North American Peoples. Volume I. En’owkin Centre and Theytus Books. 1990.

Required reading in Women’s Studies and First Nations Studies, Langara College (ABST 100); University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria (WS 200). 1990s.

Charnley, K. and Young-Ing, G. (1990). “Journey, An Ancestral Love Poem.” Gatherings The En’owkin Journal of First North American Peoples. Volume I. En’owkin Centre and Theytus Books. Also, performed at the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival.

Charnley, K. (1987). “Interview with Mohawk Writer Beth Brant: Setting Truth Ablaze.” Kinesis: Women’s Newspaper.

Invited Talks

Charnley, Kerrie (2024). Panel Speaker. Open Educational Resources and Academic Integrity. February 13, 2024. UBCO. (Video).

Charnley, Kerrie (2021). Panel Speaker. Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Symposium. October 22, 2021. UBCO. (Video).

Charnley, Kerrie (2021). Presentation. Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS). UBCO. “Why We Capitalize the “I” in Indigenous” Presentation April 1, 2021 (Powerpoint)

Selected Grants & Awards

New Relationship Trust Award

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA)


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