Ms. Michelle Smith

Assistant Professor
Ms. Michelle Smith
Contact Information
Email address: 
michelle.e.smith [at]

Education Building
3700 rue McTavish
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Professional activities: 
  • Mawachihitotaak Metis Thinkers Committee (Métis Studies Symposium)
  • Indigenous Community Table, Dawson College
  • Chaire-réseau jeunesse: Volet Autochtone | Youth Network Chair: Indigenous Stream, Research Associate
Arts, Languages & Literacy Education
Diversity, Identity & Indigenous Topics
Mental Health, Intervention & Psychopathology
Social Action & Sustainability Education
Teacher Education, Pedagogy & Leadership
Areas of expertise: 
  • Self-determined education
  • Indigenous education
  • Inclusive education & pedagogies
  • Post-secondary education
  • Storytelling and Métis methodologies
  • Decolonizing methodologies
  • Community-based education
  • Participatory media
  • Youth media
  • Education, Health & Wellness

Michelle Smith is a Red River Michif educator and filmmaker born and raised in St. James, Manitoba. She is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation. She has worked in Indigenous education for more than a decade as a teacher, advocate, researcher, mentor, curriculum and program developer at Quebec colleges and in community contexts. She is Principal Investigator for the First Peoples Post-Secondary Storytelling Exchange (, a community-based research collaboration building more responsive post-secondary education for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students and honouring Indigenous approaches to teaching and learning. She established the Journeys First Peoples Transition program at Dawson College where she taught for over a decade.

She is a Vanier scholar and is completing her PhD in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill. Her doctoral research involves co-constructing creative teaching and learning spaces that promote healing and cultural connection. She is partnering with Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (Nunavik School Board) and Inuit youth to co-develop an Inuit arts and culture college degree program in Nunavik, northern Quebec. Research interests include arts-based, storytelling and Métis methodologies, community-based education, youth agency, decolonizing practices, and Indigenous educational sovereignty.

  • PhD (C) Education, McGill University, Canada
  • MA Media Studies, Concordia University, Canada
  • BA Honours, Anthropology, McGill University, Canada
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • 2021, Vanier Scholarship, SSHRC, McGill University, Canada
  • 2016, Community and College Social Innovation Fund, SSHRC, Dawson College, Canada
Selected publications: 
  • Smith, M., Phillips, M., Ives, N., Horne, K., Partridge, P. Recherche vivante : Les voix des jeunes dans l’échange d’histoires des Premiers Peuples au post-secondaire In NATASHA BLANCHET-COHEN ET VÉRONIQUE PICARD eds. LES JEUNESSES AUTOCHTONES AU QUÉBEC : DÉCOLONISATION, FIERTÉ ET ENGAGEMENT. Presses de l’Université Laval. Forthcoming.
  • Smith, M. What Indigenous Students have taught me about Culturally Safe Classrooms. Bulletin de la documentation collégiale. Forthcoming.
  • Smith, M. (2023). Shining Our Bright Light, documentary film.
  • Smith, M., Partridge, P., Quittich-Niquay, M., Dyer, K., & Miller, E. (2023). Decolonizing Documentary Spaces: Enacting Care-Full Methods within Educational Frameworks & Fissures. Interactive Film & Media Journal, 3(2)., M. & Smith, M. (2020). Miskâsowin & Wâhkotowin: Coming into being through creation and kinship pp 25-39. In Dr. Catherine Richardson & Dr. Jeannine Carriere eds. Speaking the wisdom of our time. J.Charlton Publishing Ltd.
  • Miller, E. & Smith, M. (2012). Dissemination and Ownership of Knowledge: Refugee, Aboriginal, Youth, Participatory Media, Video. pp. 331-348 In EJ Milne and C Mitchell eds. The Handbook of Participatory Video. Alta Mira Press.
Graduate supervision: 

Not taking new students during the upcoming application period.

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