David Perley

David Perley, a Wolastoqi scholar from Tobique First Nation, is the Director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre; he is also completing his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick. He has given many years of his life to First Nations governance and is a previous chief and councilor of Tobique First Nation as well as a former senior official in the New Brunswick Department of Education. David is a lifelong educator and leader in the area of Indigenous revitalization and Wolastoqey culture and language revival. He teaches Aspects of Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey Societies at the University of New Brunswick and a First Nations Education course at St. Thomas University.Currently David is co-chair for the University of New Brunswick Reconciliation Initiative and, along with Dean Ann Sherman, is responsible for decolonizing initiatives to bring Indigenous knowledges, language, culture and ceremony to campus life. He, along with Elder Imelda Perley, is a founder and coordinator of the Wolastoq Language and Culture Centers Inc. situated at Tobique and St. Mary’s First Nations.