Ioana is an interdisciplinary scholar, community-engaged researcher and educator based in Montreal. She is Research Associate at the Aboriginal Peoples Research and Knowledge Network (DIALOG), Institut national de la recherche scientifique and Part-time Faculty at the School for Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University. Her research focuses on Indigenous wellbeing, knowledge mobilization, and oral history.
Ioana's pedagogical approach favours experiential and interdisciplinary learning with a strong focus on critical thinking and research-creation. She is committed to collaborative teaching, experiential learning, co-authoring, and critical pedagogy that aims to close the gap between academic research and the public and fosters community capacity building.
She is currently member of the research expert team with the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation and progress. For the past 15 years Ioana has collaborated with the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee (James Bay, northern Quebec) in a variety of fields beginning with knowledge transfer in the context of hydroelectric development to community-based Indigenous health and wellness.