Siomonn Pulla, PHD


Email: Siomonn.Pulla@royalroads.ca
Phone: 250-391-2600 ext. 4392

 

EDUCATION


  • Carleton University, Ottawa, ON 
    PhD, Sociology/Anthropology (2005)
    Dissertation: Anthropological advocacy? Frank Speck and the mapping of Aboriginal territory in Eastern Canada, 1900–1951

    MA, Anthropology (2000)
    Thesis: From advocacy to ethnology: Frank Speck and the development of early anthropological projects in Canada, 1912–1920

  • Trent University, Peterborough, ON                                                 
    BA (Hons.), Anthropology and Indigenous Studies (1998)

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS


  • Broad and interdisciplinary areas of Indigenous rights and governance and their intersection with corporate–Indigenous relations, duty to consult, and sustainable economic and resource development initiatives
  • History of Indigenous–settler relations in the Commonwealth
  • Community-based and participatory Indigenous language revitalization
  • Applied, participatory, and Indigenist research methods
  • Connectivity and mobile learning paradigms in remote and rural communities
  • Métis political resurgence and representation in Canada
  • Re-visioning doctoral education pedagogies and program designs

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT


  • Royal Roads University Victoria, BC                                              
    Program Head, Doctor of Social Sciences, April 2016–present
    Overseeing the management of various aspects of the Doctor of Social Sciences program, Canada’s first applied research doctorate designed exclusively for working professionals. Involves working closely with the Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and other university business units, and collaborating with program associates to design and deliver doctoral programming that focuses on the interdisciplinary applications of the social sciences to complex, real-world problems of direct concern to organizations, communities, and society in general.

    Associate Professor,  2013–present
    Work involves developing and implementing interdisciplinary graduate courses for the Doctorate of Social Sciences and Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies programs;, s supporting the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program; supervising graduate student research on a variety of topics related to political economy, Indigenous issues, cultural anthropology, and applied research; conducting original research and collaborating with research colleagues; chairing graduate-level defenses; providing service to the University as an active member of various University-wide committees.

  • Carleton University, Ottawa, ON                                                                              
    Adjunct Research Professor, 2006–2013
    Developed and implemented interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian studies, Aboriginal issues, cultural anthropology, and qualitative research methodologies; and supervised graduate and undergraduate theses on a variety of topics related to political economy, Indigenous issues, cultural anthropology, and Canadian studies.

NONACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT


  • RAD Futures Inc., Sooke, BC.                                                            
    Managing Partner, Research and Policy,  2017–Present
    Leading complex research projects in support of Indigenous communities, industry clients, and the public sector. Research specialized in applied and collaborative anthropology, strategic policy work, and stakeholder engagement. Providing strategic-level contributions and practical hands-on management in support of complex Indigenous title and rights issues, corporate–Indigenous relations, environmental impact reviews, and traditional Indigenous land use and occupancy studies.
  • Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, ON                                                            
    Senior Research Associate, Centre for the North,  2011–2013
    Helped manage a $1 million per year multiyear research portfolio, including development of specific terms of reference for multiple research projects, liaising with stakeholders and consultants, conducting research on multiple projects, providing research presentations to stakeholders, coaching team members on research issues and processes, peer-reviewing reports, and publishing peer-reviewed reports and briefings on Aboriginal and Northern issues. Provided strategic direction on the development of research projects and the advancement of a multiyear participatory action program to disseminate research results; chaired a bi-annual Executive Council on corporate–Aboriginal relations.
  • Pulla Consulting,  Ottawa, ON                                                                                 
    Director of Research , 1998–2011                                                                          
    Conducted various consulting assignments for public, private, and nonprofit sector clients on a broad range of complex social and cultural issues relating to Aboriginal peoples, government policies, and private-sector interests. Planned and implemented an international academic conference in a remote location in northern Ontario over a 10-year period.

  • Public History, Inc., Ottawa, ON                                                                              
    Senior Research Associate,   2001–2006                                                             
    Developed research and evaluation reports for federal government and private- sector clients on a broad range of complex issues relating to Aboriginal peoples, federal government policies, and private-sector interests. Managed various small research teams of up to four people. Led management and “brown-bag” lunch sessions to provide background and training to junior staff regarding various research portfolios.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Films

  • Pulla, S. (2018). Sagaytgawdi k’am: Gathering together to Honour our Ancestors. Ethnographic Documentary. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). A Trip to Spooxshute. Ethnographic documentary. Kitselas First Nation.

Encyclopedia Contributions

Professional Publications

  • Pulla, S, Hebert, V., Merrett, K. and Bhattacharya, R. (2018). External Program Evaluation Committee Final Report: Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Seneca College.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). Kitselas First Nation: Culture and Heritage TRM Final Report. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). Kitselas First Nation Traditional Use Study: SB Prince Rupert Holding Corp. Mt. Hays Wind Farm Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). Kitselas First Nation Traditional Use Study:  Dragonfly Hydropower Bowbyes and Dahl Hydroelectric Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). Kitselas First Nation Traditional Use Study: AltaGas Ltd. Ridley Island Propane Export Facility. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Expert Report on the Historic Métis Community in the Mattawa Region. Gowlings WLG.
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Kitselas First Nation traditional food harvesting study: Nexen’s Aurora LNG Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Social licensing in major resource development projects: Corporate– Indigenous relations, Aboriginal rights, and responsible resource development in Canada's North. SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Final Report.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Mobile learning and Indigenous education in Canada: A synthesis of new ways of learning. SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Final Report.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Pacific Northern Gas’s PNG Looping Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Nexen’s Aurora LNG Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: BG Group’s Prince Rupert LNG Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Spectra’s West Coast Connector Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Shell’s LNG Canada Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Petronas’s PNW LNG Project. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: The North Coast Territories—Lelu Island. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas First Nation traditional use study analysis: Kitimat region. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Building on our strengths: A case study analysis of Métis, First Nation and Inuit youth wellness initiatives in Canada’s North. Conference Board of Canada, Centre for the North.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). An assessment of Kitselas First Nation’s interest in the islands and waters of the North Coast Region. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2013). A critical review of the British Columbia Attorney General’s Strength of Claim Analysis—Kitselas First Nation: Review of anthropological and historical sources relating to the use and occupancy of lands. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2013) An assessment of Kitselas First Nation’s traditional territories: Lakelse Lake and Lakelse River Areas. Kitselas First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. (2012). Framing sustainable housing options for Canada’s North. Conference Board of Canada, Centre for the North.
  • Pulla, S. (2011). Striking a balance: Impacts of major resource projects in the North. Conference Board of Canada, Centre for the North.
  • Pulla, S., Nelson, R., & Thibideau, P. (2010) Community connections: An evaluation of Aboriginal student retention and community involvement at Algonquin College. Algonquin College.
  • Pulla, S. (2010). Ethnohistorical study of Pabineau First Nation’s traditional use and occupancy of the Upsalquitch and Caribou Lakes regions in Restigouche and Northumberland Counties, New Brunswick. Pabineau First Nation.
  • Pulla, S. & Mi’Gmawei Mawiomei Secretariat. (2008–2009). Speaking about our Land/Nm’tginen Mi’kmaq heritage website. Mi’Gmawei Mawiomei Secretariat.
  • Pulla, S. (2008–2009). Individual Assessment Program Reporting. Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.
  • Pulla S. (2008–2009). Alternative dispute resolution reporting. Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.
  • Pulla, S. (2008). Common experience payment reporting. Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada.
  • Pulla S. (2007–2008). Evaluation Report of National Congress of Italian Canadians’ Hepatitis C Prevention Program. Congress of Italian Canadians.
  • Pulla, S. (2007). Ta’n telitip’taqa’gw: Mi’gmaq Territoriality in Gaspe’gewa’gi. Mi’Gmawei Mawiomei Secretariat.
  • Pulla, S. (2007). Evaluation Report of National Congress of Italian Canadians’ Hepatitis C Prevention Program.
  • Pulla, S. (2005). Evaluation report of the National Congress of Italian Canadians’ Social Cohesion Project. National Congress of Italian Canadians.
  • Pulla, S. (2002-2006.) 12 professional research reports for Public History Inc. on a variety of subjects relating to Indigenous title and rights in Canada.
  • Pulla, S. (1999). Evaluation of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch National Survey. Kishk Anaquot Health Research.
  • Pulla, S. (1997) Handbook for new Canadians: Accessing social services and programming. Peterborough Race Relations Committee. 

Confrences and Presentations 

  • Pulla, S. (2018). Social Licensing in Major Resource Development Projects: Corporate–Indigenous Relations, Indigenous Rights, and Responsible Resource Development in Canada. Council on Corporate-Indigenous Relations, Confrence Board of Canada, North Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Pulla, S. (2017). Expert testimony, Quebec Provincial Court. Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.  
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Indigenous land rights and Kinder Morgan pipeline. Kirk Lapointe, Roundhouse Radio, December 7, 2016, Vancouver British Columbia.
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Mobile learning and Indigenous education in Canada: A synthesis of new ways of learning. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Strategic Knowledge Division, November 18, 2016, Ottawa Ontario
  • Pulla, S. and K. McLeod. (2016). Moving beyond a site-specific Métis identity: A networked approach to understanding “historic Métis communities” in Nova Scotia. Solidarit(i)és: CASCA/SANA Annual Conference. Halifax, Dalhousie University.
  • Pulla, S. (2016). Social licensing in major resource development projects: Corporate– Indigenous relations, Aboriginal rights, and responsible resource development in Canada's North. SSRCH Visioning the Future Conference. Calgary, AB.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). Mobile learning and Indigenous education in Canada: A synthesis of new ways of learning. SSRCH Visioning the Future Conference. Ottawa, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2015). What is the potential of mobile learning technologies (MLTs) and their applications to support the needs of Indigenous learners in Canada? 14th Annual International Mobile Learning Conference. Venice, Italy.
  • Pulla, S., & B. Schissel. (2015). The transition from discipline-based scholarship to interdisciplinarity: Implications for faculty. United Kingdom Council of Graduate Education 2nd International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training. Oxford University, England.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). A paradigm for applied research: Seven reflections. Applying Work Experience, Research and Consulting to Teaching and Supervision. Royal Roads University, BC.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas Treaty table meeting to discuss Strength of Claim Analysis. Terrace, BC.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Strategic level meeting to discuss Strength of Claim Analysis with provincial and federal government representatives as part of consultation and accommodation process. Victoria, BC.
  • Pulla, S. (2014). Kitselas Treaty Table meeting to discuss Strength of Claim Analysis. Terrace, BC.
  • Pulla, S. (2013). Framing sustainable housing options for Canada’s North. New North Housing Symposium: Supporting a Market Housing Industry in Northern Saskatchewan. Prince Albert, SK.
  • Pulla S. (2012).Applied research and the value of think tanks. McGill University Career Services Symposium. Montreal, QC.
  • Pulla, S. (2012). Strategic research synthesis. Centre for the North roundtable meeting. Iqaluit, NT.
  • Pulla, S. (2012). Strategic research synthesis. Centre for the North Roundtable Meeting. Iqaluit, NT.
  • Pulla, S. (2012). Meeting with Chief Edward (Steven) Miller to discuss on-reserve housing issues. Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2012.) Career Services Symposium. Applied research and the value of think tanks. McGill University, QC.
  • Pulla, S. (2011). Facilitated Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations. Entrepreneurship and Corporate–Aboriginal Partnerships. Rama First Nation, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2011). Meeting with Prince Albert Grand Council Grand Chief to discuss Centre for the North research. Prince Albert, SK.
  • Pulla, S. (2011). Facilitated Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations. Implementation and corporate–Aboriginal partnerships. Osoyoos First Nation, BC.
  • Pulla S. (2010). Understanding Aboriginal and title rights: Applied anthropology and research methods. Native Studies 403 Field School, Department of Native Studies. University of Alberta, AB.
  • Pulla, S. (2010). Presentation of final evaluation report. Algonquin College, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2008). Community consultation meeting for Gaspe’gawa’gi Mi’kmaq Cultureand Heritage Website Project. Listiguj, QC.
  • Pulla, S. (2008). “National Community Briefing: Type 2 Diabetes and High-Risk Ethnic Youth in Canada.” Daylong workshop hosted by the Canadian Ethnocultural Council. Toronto, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2008). Thinking outside the grid: Land claims, Frank Speck and the mapping of Aboriginal geographic knowledge in Canada during the early 20th century. American Ethnohistory Society Annual Meeting, Anthropological Practice and the Indian Land Question in Early Twentieth Century Canada. Eugene, Oregon.
  • Pulla, S. (2007). Beyond “Nomad-isms”: Developing a culturally relevant representation of Mi’kmaq governance and traditional land use practices. Mi’Gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, QC.
  • Pulla, S. (2005). Anthropological Advocacy? Frank Speck and the mapping of Aboriginal territoriality in eastern Canada, 1900-1950. Annual Canadian Indigenous and Natives Association Conference: Enweying: The Way We Speak Together, Trent University, Peterborough Ontario.
  • Pulla, S. (2005). Biennial Conference of the National Congress of Italian Canadians (NCIC). Montreal, QC.
  • Pulla, S. (2004). Public lecture at Public History Inc. regarding Aboriginal claims research and anthropological archives. Ottawa, ON.
  • Pulla, S. (2003-2006). Various client briefings for Public History Inc. on ethnohistorical research findings.

ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES


Graduate Courses Taught

  • Doctor of Social Sciences 720: The Epistemology of the Applied Social Sciences. Royal Roads University (2016-2017)
  • Doctor of Social Sciences 730: Applied Qualitative Research Methods, Royal Roads University (2014–2016)
  • Doctor of Social Sciences 710: Social Science Theory and the Globalized World, Royal Roads University (2015; 2017)
  • Doctor of Social Sciences 717:  Directed Study (2013-2017)
  • Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies 510: Social Science Research Methods, Royal Roads University (2014–2015)
  • Canadian Studies 5102: Graduate Seminar in Indigenous Politics and Resurgence in Canada, Carleton University (Winter 2012–2013)

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies 310: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University (2014–2015)
  • Anthropology 2610A: Studies in Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples in North America, Carleton University (Winter 2011)
  • Indigenous Studies 2010: Indigenous Peoples and Encounters with Colonial National Building Projects in Canada, Carleton University (Fall 2010)
  • Anthropology 3800A: Studies in Applied and Participatory Anthropology, Carleton University (2009–2010)
  • Canadian Studies 2010: Introduction to Aboriginal–Canadian Relations, 1763–1982, Carleton University (2006–2009)
  • Anthropology 3600A: Studies in Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples, Carleton University (2008, 2010)
  • Anthropology 3610A: Studies in Indigenous Peoples of North America: Current Issues in Anthropological Research, Carleton University (2007)

Academic Supervision In Progress

  • Marie Malhiciz. Doctor of Social Sciences.Picking up Our Medicine Bundles in a Modern Day Context:  Community Mobilization and Sustainable Mental Health Self Determination using Indigenous theory and methodology.College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
  • Karen Taylor. Doctor of Social Sciences. Building Intercultural Competence: Bridging Western and Indigenous Education Through Narrative.College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University
  • Vazquez, D. Doctor of Social Sciences. In search of an age-welcoming society: Reconstructing Canadian young adults’ expectations about old age. College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University.

Academic Supervision Completed

  • Manmohan, Ricardo (2018). Doctor of Social Sciences. Exploring a Third Space for Indigenous Leadership: Honouring traditional Nuučaanul leadership attributes in the mainstream world. College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University.
  • Guinan, D. (2017). Doctor of Social Sciences. The social environment and indigenous student success in a Canadian post-secondary institutionCollege of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University. 
  • Bignell, Byron. (2017). Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies. NGO Program Efficacy and Outcomes in Eastern Nepal. College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University. 
  • Melashenko, J. (2015). Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies. The impact of a tech team technology support on new technology adoption by Calgary Girls’ School students and teachers. College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University.
  • Archie, D. (2015). Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies. Transition plan to establish that new Inuvialuit institutional and organizational structure and continue Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) implementation responsibilities. College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University.
  • Cobb, M. (2010). MA. Meaningful consultation: Nation-to-nation or domination and assimilation? Graduate Studies, Institute of Political Science, Carleton University. 
  • Horn, K. (2012). MA. Reconfiguring assimilation: Understanding the First Nations Property Ownership Act in historical context. School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University.
  • MacLeod, K. (2012) MA. Displaced mix-blood: An ethnographic exploration of Métis identities in Nova Scotia. Department of Anthropology, Carleton University. 
  • Poole, J. (2012). MA. Stable relationships: Human–horse engagement and the construction of identity in rural Quebec. Department of Anthropology, Carleton University. 
  • Smith, M. (2011). BA (honours research paper). Comprehensive land claims and duty to consult in Canada. Department of Anthropology, Carleton University. 

 

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