Tamara (Baldhead) Pearl

Tamara (Baldhead) Pearl is a Nēhiyaw iskwew from One Arrow First Nation, Saskatchewan, located in Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. She is a proud single mother of a ten-year-old daughter. Growing up in the core neighbourhoods of Saskatoon with strong ties to her family on reserve, Tamara has volunteered and worked in community engagement her whole life in various capacities, especially with Indigenous youth. Tamara has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Juris Doctor from the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked as the executive assistant for one of the commissioners with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She is currently a publications research officer at the Indigenous Law Centre and is soon completing a Master’s of Law program. The focus of her thesis is on how we can decolonize and Indigenize academic institutions. Tamara proposes to interrupt colonized attitudes through a process of deconstruction and self-reflection by providing lived-experience connections to communities without the typical power imbalances.