Introducing Assistant Professor Jessica Barudin, new faculty in Indigenous Community Planning

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We'd like to take the time to formally welcome and celebrate the arrival of Assistant Professor Jessica Barudin, SCARP's new faculty member in Indigenous Community Planning!

The School has been experiencing substantive and exciting growth and development this past year, with new minds joining our faculty one after the other, each representing expertise in sub-fields and new ideas. We're excited to introduce you to this extraordinary instructor who will guide future ICP students.

Now, it is our privilege to introduce:
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Dr. Jessica Barudin


SCARP's new Assistant Professor
in Indigenous Community Planning

Jessica Barudin’s arrival to SCARP will have significant implications for the School: her expertise in health and well-being planning is a potential bridge between the ICP concentration and the other programs of the School. Jessica’s arrival also enables ICP to grow in several ways, medium- to long-term, it hasn’t been able to before now. For one, there are now additional land base learning opportunities and theorising ICP practice and curriculum to contribute to Indigenous planning literature.

About Barudin's research inquiries

Jessica Barudin has a diverse track record of building and leading innovative programs, which include the creation of an Indigenous health and science education strategy to developing an integration strategy to stand up Traditional Wellness practitioners and modalities in primary care. Her personal research interests lie at the intersection of planning and Indigenous health, trauma theory and embodied practices, and restoring traditional knowledge systems across generations, and cultures, as well as beyond our more than human relatives.

Other areas of Jessica’s research interests include the empowerment and roles of women, who are the backbone of community planning, wellness, and governance, both historically and contemporarily. She aims to explore how empowering roles of women may promote positive shifts in land stewardship, cultural transmission, and the futurities of their respective Nations.

Her foremost research interests include:
  • Indigenous health and well-being, healing practices
  • Community wellness planning and land-based learning
  • Yoga, mindfulness, contemplative practices
  • Indigenous feminisms
  • Indigenous language revitalization
  • Indigenous research methodologies, pedagogies, and traditional knowledge systems
  • Trauma recovery, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices
  • Indigenous public health, health education, and decolonial healthcare

More about Dr. Barudin

Jessica is Kwakwaka’wakw and a member and elected leader of the ‘Namgis First Nation. She believes in a values-driven, relationship-centered approach to community planning. Jessica is especially interested in supporting community-led processes with Indigenous communities that center on language revitalization pathways as well as holistic approaches to wellness. As a mother, Kwak’wala language learner, and community wellness practitioner, she is dedicated to upholding traditional teachings and values while learning Kwak’wala alongside her two daughters in their home community of Alert Bay. 

Jessica earned their PhD in Individualized Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec. Her dissertation, “Braiding Knowledge through Breath, Language, and Movement” examines the process of co-creating and implementing a culturally-responsive, trauma-informed community wellness program with Kwakwaka’wakw and other First Nations women. Her work promotes movement, contemplative practices, and connection to spirit. 

Since 2013, Jessica has been actively involved with delivering community wellness-centered programming and consulting for Indigenous communities and organizations. She is the co-creator of the First Nations Women's Yoga initiative, a unique training for diverse First Nations women and two-spirit peoples that offers an 80-hour trauma-informed, culturally rooted yoga curriculum. As her research and community-centered work has evolved, Jessica is a founding member of the Indigenous Yoga Collective, a grassroots initiative that aims to nurture the development and well-being of Indigenous yoga teachers and educators.

Braiding Knowledge through Breath, Language, & Movement

Dr. Barudin wrote and produced this short film celebrating First Nations women and their communities brought together through their love of yoga, healing, and reclamation of ancestral languages and lifeways. 

Learn more

Recent public speaking and interviews:
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Professor Heather Campbell, Assistant Professor Jessica Barudin, and Assistant Professor Maggie Low talk as SCARP gathers at the Musqueam Cultural Centre



Dr. Barudin has started her position as SCARP Assistant Professor as of September 2023. 

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