Project Update on “We are Niitsitapi (the Real People): Surviving Colonization”

Educational Policy Studies Adjunct Professor Dr. Tiffany Prete has recorded a YouTube video summarizing the first year of her research project “We are Niitsitapi (the Real People): Surviving Colonization.”

10 February 2021

This project was profiled in October 2019 in the Faculty of Education Illuminate Magazine Article Home truths: Education researcher probes history of residential schools on Blood Reserve.


Apooyak’ii/Dr. Tiffany Prete is a member of the Kainai (Blood Tribe) of the Siksikasitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy), located in the Treaty 7 area. She is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. As well, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, at the University of Alberta. Her postdoctoral work is comprised of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on the Blood Reserve.

Video Description

The video summarizes the first year of my research project “We are Niitsitapi (the Real People): Surviving Colonization.” The study was an archival and oral history research study to explore, reveal, and record significant aspects of the Blood Indian Residential School (IRS) history. I speak to the process I undertook to learn about my People’s history, and what it was like to engage in such a research project as an intergenerational survivor of the Indian residential school.