Jodi Simkin

Jodi began her work in the heritage sector through an undergraduate co-op placement at the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park. Since then she has devoted her professional life to issues of social justice as both an archeologist and a museum professional. A graduate of Secwepemc Cultural Education Society/Simon Fraser University, Jodi is a lifelong believer in the transformative power of museums and is a committed champion of repatriation work. In addition to her role with the British Columbia Museums Association, she is a member of the Association on American Indian Affairs Repatriation Working Group, the former chair of the Campbell River Creative Industries Council, and a dedicated volunteer in her local community of Quadra Island. Jodi is a past presenter at the Federation of International Human Rights Museums, the Canadian National 2019 SICC ē-micimināyakik Gathering, the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Chicago, and was an opening panelist for Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation, at Voicing Contested Histories: Creating Opportunities to Foster Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation. Jodi recently authored a reflection paper on the cooperative approaches to repatriation of ancestral remains and related material culture for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.