Fay Fletcher

Academic Director, Professor, Associate Dean - Academic


About Me

Dr. Fletcher, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta, Canada, has focused on the integration of research and teaching with the intent of making adult education more accessible, relevant, and meaningful for Indigenous learners. Community based research with First Nations communities and Metis Settlement colleagues and communities has informed the development and delivery of local and international adult continuing education programs as well as Aboriginal youth life skills programs. She is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Extension, and Academic Lead on adult continuing education programs including Aboriginal Health Promotion, Indigenous Community Engagement, and Aboriginal Community-Industry Relations. 


Dr. Fletcher's doctoral research explored the social construction of gender and culture as well as individuals’ understandings and perceptions of diversity, multiculturalism and immigration.

Dr. Fletcher’s current research focus is working with Metis Settlements (Buffalo Lake, Kikino, Fishing Lake, and Elizabeth) on the development, delivery, and evaluation of a life skills summer camp program aimed at fostering individual and community resiliency. Visit www.metislifeskills.com

Most recently, she has worked with the Alexis Nakota Sioux, Maskwacis Cree and Enoch Cree Nations on programs of research aimed at improving the health outcomes for women and children. 


Dr. Fletcher’s research with Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health, and Blue Quills First Nations College led to the Aboriginal Health Promotion Citation currently being offered by the Faculty of Extension. The program success is the result of extensive community consultation and a process of curriculum development that responds to the professional development needs and priorities of the communities. She is excited to be working with the Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR) on the develop of Indigenous relations training using a similar model of engagement and participatory evaluation.

One of her most rewarding teaching endeavors was her role as co-lead for Canada in a partnership between Health Canada, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Maryland and the U.S. National Institutes of Health offering of a series of three Indigenous Summer Research Institutes to scholars across Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

In collaboration with Native Counseling Services’ Bearpaw Media she produced two videos: “The Partnership”, told through the eyes of Tlicho community-based researchers, explores how Aboriginal communities are working with health researchers for the communities benefit and “Bridging Worlds” presents the journeys of American Indian students as they reflect on their educational journey to becoming health leaders.