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Connie Strayer

A/Manager, Student Services and Partnerships

Connie is Metis from her Father’s side and German from her Mother’s. She was raised on the unceded territory of the Stz’uminus peoples and currently living on the unceded lands of the Nlakapamux and Sylix Nations. Connie is grateful for her many years of experience working as a teacher in both the K to 12 Education system and at an Indigenous Post-secondary. She holds Master’s Degree in Educational Administration Leadership from the University of British Columbia which focused on Indigenization and decolonization of Post-secondary education, and an undergrad in Education from the University of Victoria.

Connie brings to the Technology Council a demonstrated history of working within the post-secondary environment and carries an education philosophy rooted in Kirkness, V. and R. Barnhardt’s (2001) Four R’s – Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, Responsibility. Connie believes that decolonizing post-secondary will create a way forward to self-determination and build relational capacity. She brings to her work a strength-based approach and is passionate about equality and justice. Her interest in connecting remote communities to technology led her to join the First Nations Technology Council under the role of Indigenization Education Specialist where she indigenized and decolonized internal and external curriculum content.

As the Acting Manager of Student Services, Connie works in the Indigenous Innovation Institute to ensure that the student experience is positive, grounded in Indigenous values and honours all relationships equally. Her goal is to cultivate meaningful and respectful relationships and create lifelong learners.

Connie also loves reading, home renos, kayaking (really just being close to water) and being a mom. She feels being a mom is the greatest gift the Creator gave to her.