Over the past 20 years, Kathy Walker has spent most of her professional life working with Indigenous nations and organizations in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She has engaged with and co-led research projects and been involved in numerous community, program and policy development initiatives. Her research continues to be informed by her community connections, including volunteer work with local and Indigenous organizations, such as the Indigenous Homelessness Advisory Board (Saskatchewan) and the Harvest Community Inc., a provincial organization committed to providing marketable, environmentally sustainable products while also creating employment for people with disabilities. Her research is centred on resurgences of Cree and Indigenous knowledge systems and their wahkohtowin (interconnectedness) with other critical political and policy studies and ethics of care. She is also working to learn nêhiyawêwin (the Plains Cree language) and is proud to be a new Board member of the nêhiyawak Language Experience Inc., an extraordinary language revitalization, non-profit organization based in Treaty 6 territory.
Kathy Walker is nēhiyaw iskwew with Saulteaux, Nakoda and Métis lineages and is a member of okimaw Okanese’s band, signatory to treaty four in southern Saskatchewan, where she grew up.