Dr. Cash Ahenakew is a First Nations’ scholar and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Wellbeing. His research experience and interests focus on the areas of international indigenous studies in education, indigenous curriculum and pedagogy, and indigenous health and well-being. He has been a research associate in international research projects on global citizenship education, international indigenous networks, and critical intercultural education at the universities of Oulu (Finland) and Canterbury (Aotearoa/New Zealand).
From 2006 to 2012 Dr. Ahenakew lectured in the International Indigenous Studies program at the University of Calgary on Aboriginal health and well-being; indigenous and Western methodology; and indigenous theory and practice. Dr. Ahenakew’s doctoral dissertation, The Effects of Historical Trauma, Community Capacity and Place of Residence on the Self-Reported Health of Canada’s Indigenous Population interprets quantitative data through indigenous theories. Dr. Ahenakew is Plains Cree and his family comes from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.