Dr. Dorothy Cucw-la7 Christian is of the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations from the interior plateau regions of BC. Her home community of Splatsin, is one of 17 communities that comprises the Secwepemc Nation. Christian is the eldest of 10, has one daughter and over 70 nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews and at least two great, great nieces. She is called to her home community and to her Nation to be a part of Nation or community engagements.

Dorothy is currently in the department of Graduate Studies at SFU as the Associate Director of Indigenous Policy & Pedagogy at Simon Fraser University. Her research in academia consistently centralized Indigenous knowledge long before those terms became the latest buzz words in the academy, including Indigenous and Settler relations. One of the responsibilities she upholds is by sitting on the SFU Advisory for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as Special Advisor Auntie/Elders to the Vice-President, People, Equity, and Inclusion (VPPEI) and President’s offices.

Dorothy continues to be involved in the Indigenous cultural industries. She is a Board member of the national Indigenous Screen Office organization and on the Advisory for the Indigenous Digital Accelerator Program at Capilano University. She also works with the Women in the Director’s Chair organization on their equity, diversity & inclusion training.