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Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment. 

Daniela Navia BHSc’11, MA‘15 (Anthropology)

Arts Research Consultant, Government of Alberta


Daniela Navia is a Latina feminist from Bogota, Colombia. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s research in the Department of Anthropology focused on using arts and storytelling to create a better understanding of how colonialism impacts Indigenous youth in the child welfare system. Her work has received numerous awards including the City of Calgary’s Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award and the J.B. Hyne Research Innovation Award. She is currently working for the Government of Alberta as the research consultant for the Arts sector.

A documentary based on her MA thesis project is premiering at the Glenbow museum on November 27, 2016: "(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System" (dir. Melisa Brittain, 2016). For more information regarding this event please visit the event website: