The Journey of a Ts’msyen Residential School Survivor: Resiliency, Healing, and Citizenship


  • Kamala Elizabeth Nayar Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)



urban Natives, multiculturalism, citizenship, residential schools, Tsimshian, 'Liyaa'mlaxha (Leonard Alexcee), assimilation

Author Biography

Kamala Elizabeth Nayar, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

Kamala Elizabeth Nayar, (PhD, Asian Religions, McGill University), is lecturer in South Asian Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia, Canada. She specializes in Indian religions, South Asian diaspora, and Canadian ethnic studies. Her two books, Hayagriva in South India: Complexity and Selectivity of a Pan-Indian Hindu Deity (Brill, 2004) and The Socially Involved Renunciate: Guru Nanak’s Discourse to the Nath Yogis (SUNY Press, 2007), are extensive textual studies on Hinduism and Sikhism, respectively. She is also the authour of The Sikh Diaspora in Vancouver: Three Generations amid Tradition, Modernity, and Multiculturalism (University of Toronto Press, 2004) and several articles and book chapters on the Sikh community in Western Canada. Her most recent work is on The Punjabis in British Columbia: Location, Labour, First Nations, and Multiculturalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012). She has also contributed “The Sikhs: Citizenship and the Canadian Experience” in the Perspectives on Faith and Citizenship (2011) for Citizenship and Immigration of Canada.