James Knibb-Lamouche is Cree/Métis and grew up in Treaty 8 Territory, near kapawe’nohk (Grouard) on the shores of the Lesser Slave Lake. After moving to amiskwaciywaskahikan (Edmonton) to attend the University of Alberta, James went on to a position as a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School before returning to work in Indigenous education and the links between Indigenous Knowledge and Science.
As a Research Officer with the National Aboriginal Health Organization he was provided with the opportunity to work with Elders and Healers from many different nations and traditions toward the goal of the protection and promotion of Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Medicines. He also has extensive experience working internationally in the areas of Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Rights, multilateral environmental agreements, and intellectual property rights.
James subsequently served as Director of Research and Indigenous Health Sciences Coordinator at University nistameyimakanak Blue Quills (UnBQ), where his focus was the development of a program that prepared Indigenous students for the rigours of post-secondary health science programs with a foundation that provided access to, and education in, Indigenous Knowledge, culture, ceremony, and language. Most recently, James was the Associate Director of Indigenous Student Services at McMaster University and now serves as Director of Innovation and Research with the Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre.
Knibb-Lamouche is part of the Steering Committee for the symposium Reconciliation and Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton, taking place on March 3-4. Read more about the committee and other program notes here.