Friends of CityU Canada – Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., MT-BC, MTA

We’re delighted to introduce Carolyn to you. Introduced by a circle of affinity that includes CityU Associate Director and Professor, Avraham Cohen and his esteemed partner, SFU Professor, Heesoon Bai, Carolyn recently retired as a Professor Emerita from the Antioch University PhD Program in Leadership and Change. Previously she was a tenured Associate Professor of First Nations Education at Simon Fraser University. She has published and presented widely as well as traveled abroad to visit many Native Nations and presented at many conferences. Her ancestry is Choctaw and Ukrainian. In 2000, Carolyn was adopted formally into the Haida Nation and given the name Nang Jaada Sa-ets. She is blessed to have two wonderful adult children and five terrific grandchildren who keep her sense of wonder alive! She calls Vancouver and the Haida Gwaii her home.


Carolyn, along with colleagues in the Yukon through Yukon College are in the early stages of discussing the development of a Master of Arts in Indigenous Leadership.

Carolyn says about herself: I find one of my greatest joys to be meeting new people, finding out about their interests, and helping them to design meaningful programs in Higher Education to challenge and enrich themselves their families, communities, and cultures. Higher Education can be a place of dialogue, growth, and even transformation. It also can be a place in which we invigorate the sense of wonder we once had as small children (believe it or not!). As an Indigenous scholar, I have developed my designing, teaching, and writing around ecology of being. Human beings are bioregions, just like the many diverse regions of the Earth herself. The conditions in these regions can help or hinder our human growth and development just like they do for the Earth. The more we imagine ourselves as such bioregions with distinct ecologies, the better we will be able to live a good life — to grow and change in healthy ways and to pass these ways on the our children and grandchildren. I find that the arts are so important in this journey. The mind is a wonderful thing. But we must also remember the senses because they are so clearly a part of the coherence we feel in a treasured sense of belonging. I am excited about work with the folks at City University to craft new initiatives that help to enliven this sense of belonging and well-being in Western Canada and beyond.

Links to some of Carolyn’s written works:

Music and Life in the Field of Play: An Anthology


Living Indigenous Leadership: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities


The Field of Play: An Ecology of Being in Music Therapy


And find out about Yukon College in Whitehorse and its exciting programs at: