Katelyn Knott is an Anishnaabe kwe from Curve Lake First Nation located within the Treaty 20 area and is the Program Coordinator for McMaster’s Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI). Katelyn has been a long-time active member of the McMaster community, completing her Undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies and Anthropology in 2018, followed by her master’s degree in Gender Studies and Feminist Research, where she looked at Anishnaabeg understandings of gender, sexuality, and body sovereignty in 2019.
As a first-generation university graduate in her family as well as being a student-parent, supporting Indigenous students while increasing Indigenous visibility on campus has always been a priority for Katelyn. As a lead coordinator if the Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS), Katelyn strives to support Indigenous learners by reducing the barriers while pursuing a graduate degree.
Outside of her work with MIRI, Katelyn works for the Equity and Inclusion Office at McMaster, as well as a sessional lecturer at Laurier University however, her most important role is that of a mother to her two incredible daughters, Iris and Frances.