Having worked in the field of education for 15 years, Rupert has a wide range of teaching experiences such as band and public school teacher, Montessori educator, community college and university instructor. In addition, he has developed curriculum and workshops in the fields of health and human services at the University of British Columbia as well as cultural competency workshops with not-for-profit organizations. This includes Indigenous health and healing modalities, history and cross-cultural awareness seminars. He has also been involved with various research projects that focussed on health, justice and education systems as they relate to Indigenous Peoples.
Currently a PhD candidate at UBC, Rupert’s research and community engagement centres around intergenerational healing, decolonization and post-secondary education. His work strives to create better working relationships for all peoples in what is now known as Canada. Rupert supports many Indigenous communities and Nations with their healing throughout Turtle Island. He is a father of two and a proud member of the Quatsino First Nation. His family also comes from the Nuxalk Nation located throughout the Bella Coola Valley and his father is an enrolled tribal member of the St. Croix Chippewa Tribes.