Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is the Associate Vice President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. Her responsibilities include university faculty relations as well as leading the development of Indigenous academic development across various disciplines, and the development of an Indigenous Education Centre dedicated to Indigenous learning, culture and scholarly pursuit at Laurentian University. A full professor in her home department, the School of Rural and Northern Health, she has taught courses in Indigenous health and wellness, Indigenous research methodologies, and community organizing.
Sheila completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, where her specialization was Aboriginal Education. Her research examined the experiences of Aboriginal students and professors in the post-secondary system. Her other area of research is in health. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a national grant that is working with four First Nations in Canada on tobacco misuse prevention and intervention amongst youth. Born and raised in Northern Ontario, Sheila is a member of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. She is a mother of three and grandmother of seven.