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Melanie Jacobs-Douglas, BA

BA Indigenous Studies

IKR Program Manager


Melanie Jacobs-Douglas (she/her/kwe) is a Program Manager on the Indigenous Knowledge Research team. She is a member of Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario working remotely on the traditional territory of the Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University.

Melanie recently held the role of Project Coordinator at the Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association (OALA); and Lands Resource Technical Support for the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) where she managed projects to support First Nation Land Managers, through networking, professional development, and technical support at Regional and National Levels.  In her role at NALMA, Melanie coordinated National engagement sessions for policy reform, specifically the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP), and the Indian Referendum Regulations.

Melanie has extensive experience with project management, policy development, land-based learning, strategic planning, board governance, mentorship, and conference planning. She has worked with all levels of government to implement successful projects for First Nation communities.

Melanie has over 20 years’ experience working with, and for Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.