Dr. Desmarais earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Regina, an M.A. in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Double major in Political Science (Hon) and Indigenous Studies). Her Ph.D. dissertation is entitled Colonialism’s Impact upon the Health of Métis Elderly: History, Oppression, Identity and Consequences. Dr. Desmarais is the current Area Director of the Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba and the previous Registrar and Director of Students at the First Nations University of Canada. She has 25 years experience as an Education Administrator and taught in the Academy for over 18 years lecturing in Political Science, Indigenous Studies and Women and Gender studies. Dr. Desmarais’ current research interests are: health care policy in relation to Indigenous elderly, colonial impact on Indigenous identity and Indigenization of the Academy.