Qwul’sih’yah’maht (Robina Thomas) is a member of Lyackson First Nation. Dr. Thomas is an associate professor and holds a faculty position in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria. Presently she is the director, Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement.
Dr. Thomas has extensive experience in the field of Indigenous studies. Her Master’s thesis focused on Kuper Island Residential School and her PhD dissertation focused on Indigenous Women and Leadership. Her research interests include: Indigenous women & children, residential schools, storytelling, community engagement and anti-colonial/anti-racist practices as a way of life.
In addition, Robina sits on the Kwumut Lelum child and Family Services Board, a board she has been involved in for the past ten years.
Dr. Thomas brings to the Island Health Board her lived experience as an indigenous woman along with her passion and commitment to bringing attention to the aboriginal ways of knowing and being.
Robina and her family live in Victoria.
Dr. Thomas was first appointed to the Board of Island Health on December 31, 2012. Her current term expires on December 31, 2018.