Lindsay Morcom, B.A., M.A. (Regina), Ph.D. (Oxford)
Assistant Professor / ATEP Coordinator Queens University
Lindsay graduated from Campion College with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in linguistics in 2003.
Meet Lindsay Morcom. She has fond memories of her days at Campion: cultivating her love for literature and language during English class, and in workshops with Professor Samira McCarthy. In small group discussions they exchanged ideas about grammar and literature with others students.
At Queens’s University she coordinates the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP). Hers is a three-fold mandate: to train capable teachers, perform relevant research and create valued learning programs for indigenous people.
“I want to produce work that makes education more relevant and accessible to Indigenous people, and that also allows non-Indigenous people to appreciate the depth and sophistication of my indigenous ancestors’ and my community’s knowledge, spirituality, and ways of life.” She aims to use language to break down barriers and reshape relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.
Lindsay feels her greatest accomplishment yet is her family: “I have a wonderful husband and a little boy who are my world. Second to that is having earned a Rhodes scholarship, which allowed me to complete my doctorate in 2010 at Oxford University.”
Her passion for her students energizes her to ensure she gives her all: that her students can continue the circle and be mentors to others. Lindsay exclaims, “I want to develop outstanding teachers and produce research that really matters.”
Beyond the classroom, she works with community members who are trying to reshape their schools, workplaces, and communities. She feels welcome and accepted in the city of Kingston. There, she also contributes to the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest (KILN) which gives others the chance to learn about indigenous cultures.
Lindsay notes, “My goal is to help to bring about reconciliation in a meaningful way in this country.” How will she do this? She wants to raise up, and elevate Indigenous people’s status to show non-Aboriginal people the “depth and sophistication of my Indigenous ancestors.” She wants to conquer raging stereotypes and dispel the misguided perceptions affecting them in Canadian society today.