Sharla is from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Ontario, a member of the Loon Clan, and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Sharla works to stimulate and support grass-roots development of culture and language reclamation initiatives. She demonstrates professional and personal commitment to community-based Aboriginal research in education that honors the voices of children, youth, families, Elders, and educators. Sharla is dedicated to the treaty relationship, and believes that education about Aboriginal perspectives, histories, cultures and languages is key to building respectful relationships and for healing our relationship with Aki (Land) and each other.