Dr. Cash Ahenakew is a First Nations' scholar whose 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.