Finn Meyer Cook


BFA, Concordia University; BSW and MSW McGill University; PhD (C) Carleton University

Finn brings a wealth of experience in direct practice, research and policy work to VIU. She has taught graduate and undergraduate social work courses at Carleton University and supervised practicum students at McGill. Finn brings knowledge of Indigenous and International socio-economic justice issues to her teaching. Her recent research focuses on Indigenous food sovereignty, ecology and environmental social work. She also has over 15 years of direct experience in crisis intervention, mental health, gender violence, youth group work, HIV, prevention/support and 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy and community organizing. Finn’s research and policy work includes work for the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, Status of Women Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress and Peru’s Gender and Economy Group. She represented EGALE Canada at the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of Discrimination, and spent four years in Peru working with organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty, and advancing rural agro-ecology.  Finn is of Anishinaabe, Scottish and underground railroad descent. She is also an adopted member of a Willow Cree family from Beardy’s & Okemasis, Saskatchewan.