Wilson Mendes PhD

Dr. Wilson Mendes is a land-based Indigenous scholar, educator, artist, and community planner. He is of Terena descent and has spent the last decade living on the occupied unceded lands and waters of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. He is a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, as well as the Research and Education Advisor for the xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden. His research is focused on promoting Indigenous cultural revitalization through intergenerational land-based education. His doctoral research examines the intersection of Indigenous land-based teaching and learning, Indigenous urban youth cultural identity, and food sovereignty. Wilson’s research prioritizes decolonization efforts that promote and enhance the health and well-being of urban Indigenous communities through meaningful felt-sense engagement with land, food, culture, and community.