Shelly Johnson is of Saulteaux and Norwegian ancestry. Her direct social work practice in BC spans 24 years as the CEO of a delegated urban First Nations child and family agency, a provincial Aboriginal policy analyst, statutory social work supervisor and social worker. Prior to her 2012 appointment to UBC’s School of Social Work, Shelly worked at the University of Victoria and Thompson Rivers University. Currently, she is PI on international, national and provincial research awards including (1) a SSHRC Tri-Council Insight Grant (2014-17) to support Musqueam culture and language revitalization, (2) a SSHRC Tri-Council Partnership Development Grant (2013-16) investigating emerging international Indigenous therapeutic jurisprudence approaches in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and USA and (3) an Indigenous restorative child welfare practices research project with Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services. As a UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) Early Career Scholar, she held international research awards grounded in the principles of Indigenizing higher education, legal sovereignty, cultural self-determination, and activism. She is a co-PI on a multi-year, SSHRC Partnership Grant (2012-17) focused on national, community-based, urban Indigenous research. Shelly serves on the national board of directors of the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators and chairs the national Indigenous Social Work Educators Network. She is a member of the American Indian and Alaska Native Social Work Educators Association, and the UBC Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Health.

Journal Articles

Johnson, S. (In press). Jordan’s Principle and Indigenous children with disabilities in Canada: Jurisdiction, advocacy and research. Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation.

Johnson, S. (2015). Pandemics and urban child survival: Pulling together in the adoption canoe. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 10(1), 52-62. Retrieved from http://journals.sfu.ca/fpcfr/index.php/FPCFR/issue/current

Johnson, S. (2014). Knucwénte-kuc re Stsmémelt.s-kuc: Trauma-informed education for Indigenous children in foster care. Canadian Social Work Review, 31(2), 155-174.

Johnson, S., Archibald, J., Rigney, L. & Martin, G. (2014). Editorial: Indigenizing the international academy. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 37(1), 1-8.

Johnson, S., Te Momo, F., Clark, N., Sparrow, C., & Hapi, R. (2014). Contested context: Welcoming diverse international Indigenous colleagues to unceded Musqueam territory. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 37(1), 9-27.

Johnson, S. (2014).  Developing First Nations courts in Canada: Elders as foundational to Indigenous therapeutic jurisprudence +.  Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 3(2), 1-14. Retrieved from http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/handle/10125/34473/v3i2-02johnson.pdf?sequence=1

Johnson, S. (2013). We are the ones we’ve been waiting for: Towards the development of an Indigenous educational advocacy organization for Indigenous children in Canada’s custody. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 36(1), 126-145.

Johnson, S. (2013). Making space for community-based practice experience and spirit in the academy: Journeying towards the making of an Indigenous academic. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 8(2), 82-90.

Johnson, S. & Santos, A. (2013). REDressing invisibility and marking violence against Indigenous women in the Americas through art, activism and advocacy. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 7(2), 97-111.  

Johnson, S. (2012). Failing to protect and provide in the “best place on earth”: Can Indigenous children in Canada be safe if their mothers aren’t? Native Social Work Journal: Indigenous social work practices and theories, 8, 13-41.

 

Conference Proceedings

Johnson, S. & Sarra, S. (2014). International Indigenous therapeutic jurisprudence “+”: Rekindling ancient knowledge. 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014 (IIDRC 2014). University of Auckland: Auckland, New Zealand.

Johnson, S. & Sparrow, C. (2014). Wise Indigenous woman engagement practices on unceded territory: A community-university canoe revitalization project. 6th Biennial International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2014 (IIDRC 2014). University of Auckland: Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Film Projects

Johnson, S. & Calvert, B. (2014). Healing Courts, Healing Plans, Healing People: International Indigenous Therapeutic jurisprudence+ Conference. October 9 and 10, 2014. Overview of two-day conference. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/GcK2HGiV5VY

Johnson, S. & Calvert, B. (2014). Healing Courts, Healing Plans, Healing People: International Indigenous Therapeutic  Jurisprudence+ Conference, October 9, 2014. Day 1. Two-day conference. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/A4TvbOggx5Q

Johnson, S. & Calvert, B. (2014). Healing Courts, Healing Plans, Healing People: International Indigenous Therapeutic  Jurisprudence+ Conference, October 10, 2014. Day 2. Two-day conference. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/XMgP67PIlvw

Johnson, S., Brown, L. & Calvert, B. (2014). Transforming education: Strategies to improve the education of urban Aboriginal youth. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUeDDdvlhj8&feature=em-upload_owner

 

Other

Johnson, S. & Sparrow, C. (2015 Forthcoming). Rangatahi court at the Nga Hau e Wha marae in Christchurch: Two Indigenous perspectives from Canada. Rangatahi Courts Newsletter.

Johnson, S. (2014). Aboriginal women’s safety on college and university campuses. In D. Shackelly (Ed.). Women’s right to be safe, pp. 25-26. Vancouver, BC: The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC.

Johnson, S. (2013). The year of reconciliation: Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents Sharing Circle newsletter, 15.

Johnson, S. (2012). Why Indigenous children in care need more than token educational change. Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents Sharing Circle newsletter, 12-15.

Johnson, S. (2011). Children’s rights: Best interests of the child. In D. Shackelly (Ed.). Women’s right to be safe, (pp.27-29). Vancouver, BC: The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC.

Johnson, S. (2010). Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada. [Review of the book Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada, by R. Sinclair, M. Hart & G. Bruyere (Eds.)]. BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly,  167, 140-142.

 

Chapters

Johnson, S., Definney, S., Brown, L. & Green, J. ( 2014). Siem Smun’eem (Respected children): A community-based research training story. In C. Etmanski, T. Dawson and B. Hall (Eds.), Learning and teaching community based research: Linking pedagogy and  practice, (pp. 93-112). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Johnson, S., Tamburro, P. & Clark, N. (2012). Indigenous field education; Protocols and practices. In J. Drolet & N. Clark (Eds.). Canadian Field Experiences and Perspectives (pp. 137-159). Toronto: Pearson Canada.

Johnson, S. (2011). Wrap a star blanket around each one. Learning from the educational experiences of Indigenous former youth-in-care on Coast Salish territory. In K. Kufeldt & B. McKenzie (Eds.). Child welfare: Connecting research, policy and practice (pp. 339-352). Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.