Alison Ariss is a PhD student in AHVA at UBC. She earned her art history MA at UBC, and holds a BA Honours in anthropology from Waterloo. As a settler-scholar, Ariss finds her research is an (un)learning experience that centers Salish weaving practices, and is guided by Indigenous feminist approaches and critiques of institutions. Prior to her return to graduate studies in 2015, Ariss worked in research development, including pre-award administration and management roles at the University of Winnipeg and McMaster, to consultative roles for research partnerships with Western and UBC. She has experience with funders such as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Networks of Centres of Excellence, and was engaged with knowledge mobilization projects. Ariss has volunteered with public interest research organizations, community groups and museums as a volunteer board member, program developer and curatorial assistant.