Kori is Cree Métis Polish, born by the banks of the Peace River in Treaty 8 in Northern Alberta, Canada. Her roots are connected to both Red River Manitoba and North Battleford Saskatchewan, but her spirit resides in the mountains of Treaty 7.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary, Kori explored the world for almost a decade. She navigated between teaching and educational consulting jobs from Europe to Africa to Asia. This included circumnavigating the globe on a ship, volunteering in multiple countries and meeting dignitaries such as Daniel Ortega and Fidel Castro to speak about peace and de-nuclearisation. After working with local indigenous children in central Malaysia, she was motivated to return to school and get a Master’s degree in Education and International Development (at the Institute of Education in London, England) in order to learn about how to support indigenous ways of knowing through education. After completing her MA she decided to return to her home country, to learn from her own blood, land and history.
Kori is now a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education, interested in exploring the journey towards ethno-mathematics through Indigenous ways of knowing. Ethno-mathematics allows for a reconnection between the human and mathematics; required because these connections have been lost or overlooked when imperialism and colonialism began to promote a mathematics that prioritised the abstract and focused on learning and truth as acquired through generalisation and categorisation.
Because historically, humans used mathematics to respond more effectively to their surroundings by building relationships with the land (agriculture), animals (hunting), the cosmos (navigation), and amongst themselves (social organisation), Kori is using story as a way to reignite these connections between humans, the land, community, and mathematics. Bringing together students with Elders and community, to experience the stories of the land and culture, allows for relationships to grow through personal connections and histories, to create a more relatable and holistic understanding of maths and science. It becomes a journey towards ethno-mathematics, reconnecting humans with mathematics.