Sabreena MacElheron (she/her)

Nominated by member scholarly associations of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2022 Congress Graduate Merit Awards recognize exceptional graduate students who will be presenting their work at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Photo of Sabreena MacElheron, CGMA recipient


Tell us about yourself and your research.

Sabreena MacElheron, Director of International Student Services, Lakehead University, Indigenization/Internationalization. I am a registered Metis and Coastal Salish Indigenous scholar in the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Lakehead University. My dissertation research examines international students’ beliefs and perspectives about Indigenous Peoples. 

Which scholarly association(s) are you currently a member of?

  • CASIE 
  • AAC&U 
  • CSSE (Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences) 

At which conference(s) will you be presenting and/or attending? 

  • Congress 2022 (May, 2022) 

  • University of Calgary (May 2022) 

  • PechaKucha Conference University of Auckland, (Auckland, New Zealand) (March 2022) 

  • AAC&U Conference (San Diego, USA) 

  • Robert McMillan Symposium (Western University) (March 2022) 

  • The 8th Asian Conference on Education & International Development, ACEID 2022 (Tokyo, Japan) March 2022 

  • Queen’s University Education Conference (January 2022) 

  • Jean Paul-Dionne Symposium (University of Ottawa) (March  2022)  

  • ACUS 2022 (Washington, USA-Rescheduled/Cancelled due to Pandemic) (January 2022) 

  • Shawane Dagosiwin-The 17th Annual Education Forum 

What is the title of your Congress 2022 presentation?  

Unpacking International Student Reconciliation in Canadian Higher Education with Indigenous Peoples of Canada 

How would you describe the research you will be presenting at Congress 2022?

A scoped literature review unpacks what is known about the relationship between international students, new immigrants, and newcomers to Canada and their understanding and relationship with Indigenous Peoples. An overview of the Canadian landscape reveals gaps and points to the need for Indigenous research to address Canadian higher educations’ role and responsibility as an economic migration pathway in the resettlement of Canada and in its’ alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action #94 which has changed the Canadian Citizenship oath. 

Share your hopes for Congress 2022. 

The Congress 2022 theme “Transitions” fits with my understanding of where Canadian higher education finds itself at the nexus of Indigenous Peoples and international student economic migration. Indigenization and Internationalization on our campuses are the two most relevant and timely transition topics now and for the next five to ten years. I hope to hear from the brightest minds and esteemed scholars to discuss our most pressing issues and work collectively as educators to find solutions, to see the path forward, and to be as inclusive as possible for all voices.