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Merelda Fiddler-Potter MA, BJourn JSGS Faculty and Executive-in-Residence, U of S

Faculty Lecturer, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan; and Executive-in-Residence, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Areas of Interest

  • Indigenous policy and history
  • Agenda-setting in public policy
  • Culture change management in organizations
  • Creating meaningful reconciliation in public institutions

About

Merelda Fiddler-Potter is a former journalist and documentary filmmaker, who spent 16 years working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC] in radio, television, and online. Merelda has a Master of Arts in Canadian Plains Studies and a Bachelor of Journalism and Communications, both from the University of Regina, where she was also the Dallas W. Smythe Chair at the U of R School of Journalism (2017-2018).

Merelda is a PhD candidate at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Regina and was recently appointed as a JSGS Lecturer at the school's University of Saskatchewan campus.  Awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2019, her research explores the media’s role in helping Canadians learn the truth of our colonial policies, the impact it has on Indigenous people, and how the media can keep Indigenous issues high on the public agenda.

In addition to her doctoral studies, Merelda is a sessional lecturer at the First Nations University of Canada, where she teaches in Indigenous Studies, Communication Arts, Indigenous Business, and the Reconciliation Certificate. As a Métis woman committed to creating space in all institutions for Indigenous peoples, Merelda consults several organizations looking to learn about Indigenous Reconciliation and how to employ it effectively in the workplace.

Designations

  • MA in Canadian Plains Studies, University of Regina
  • Bachelor of Journalism and Communications, University of Regina

Recent Grants/Awards

Scholarships and Awards
  • 2020 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Parliamentary Studies
  • 2019 SSHRC Vanier Award

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