Johanna Sam

Assistant Professor
Tŝilhqot’in Nation

Hunelhyad? Sid Dr. Johanna Sam sets’edinh. Sid Tŝilhqot’in xaghiyah. Sid Musqueam nen ŝidah as. My name is Dr. Johanna Sam. I am a proud citizen of Tŝilhqot’in Nation. I currently live and work on the traditional lands of the Musqueam People.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. Realizing the importance of a strength-based approach, I am involved in creating youth-friendly educational and mental health resources. My research explores the relationships among cyber-aggression, resiliency, academic achievement, and wellness. My research and teaching not only utilizes digital technology, but approaches those digital tools from Indigenous perspectives.Dr. Sam will fill teaching gaps across two programs in the faculty: HDLC and NITEP.

Scholarly Interests:

Adolescence, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Methodologies, Technology, Online aggression, Social and emotional learning, Digital pedagogies

Courses Taught

EDUC 440 Aboriginal Education in Canada

EPSE 588 Indigenous Perspectives Through Social and Emotional Learning

EPSE 308 Human Development, Learning and Diversity

EPSE 310 Assessment & Learning in Classroom

EPSE 311 Cultivating Supportive School and Classroom Environments

EPSE 317 Development and Exceptionality in the Regular Classroom


University of British Columbia, 2021, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia, 2014, M.Sc.

University of Northern British Columbia, 2009, B.Sc.

Selected Publication


  1. Sam, J., Richardson, C. G., & Currie, L. M. (2022). Application of two-eyed seeing in adolescent mental health to bridge design thinking and Indigenous collective storytelling. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(22), 14972.
  2. Sam, J., Schmeisser, C., & Hare, J. (2021). Grease Trail Storytelling Project: Creating Indigenous Digital Pathways. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies. Retrieved from     
  3. Sam, J., Wisener, K., Schuitemaker, N., Jarvis-Selinger, S. (2018). Aboriginal Youth Experiences with Cyberbullying: A Qualitative Analysis of Aboriginal eMentoring BC. International Journal of Indigenous Health. Retrieved from