University of Waikato
Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith PhD is Professor of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. Professor Smith has a distinguished academic career. She has led many of the developments in Māori and Indigenous research, establishing research centres, building international networks and mentoring researchers. She is known for her work on decolonizing and Indigenous Methodologies and Kaupapa Māori Research. Professor Smith was joint founding Director of Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, the Māori Centre of Research Excellence and a former President of the New Zealand Association of Research in Education. Professor Smith is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. She has served on a number of advisory and governance boards in the public sector and for community organisations. She has received a number of Awards including a New Zealand Honour as Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and of the American Education Research Association. In 2017 she received the Prime Minister’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Education. In 2018 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg, Canada and the Te Puawaitanga Research Excellence award, the highest honour from the Royal Society of New Zealand for research in Māori and Indigenous knowledge. Professor Smith is currently the Chair of the Performance Based Research Fund Review for the Ministry of Education.
Beverley O'Neil (Kawum’ Paki), Citizen of Ktunaxa Nation
O'Neil Marketing & Consulting / Numa Communications Ltd.
Indigenous tourism in British Columbia (Canada) began its momentum in the early 1990s, driven by economic development, Treaty making processes and the demand to protect and restore Indigenous cultures and language. During that period Beverley worked as Director of Economic Development for the Ktunaxa Nation (her nation), located in the Rocky Mountains of southeast BC. Indigenous research at that time was rare. “It was difficult to do planning for businesses and our nation without data.” In 1995, Beverley launched her consulting businesses working with Indigenous Nations, governments, their agencies and private partners on community economic development. Beverley specializes in Indigenous tourism and its research and has been at the forefront of mapping Indigenous tourism in British Columbia and Canada, including defining Indigenous tourism and cultural tourism in relation to the mainstream tourism industry. Other landmark projects include the BC Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Blueprint Strategy 2005, National Indigenous Tourism economic impact strategy, and regular audit and monitoring studies of the impact and value of Indigenous tourism. Beverley is also one of the founders of the Indigenous Tourism BC (est. 1997), a marathon runner, published author and standup comic.