A visionary, a lecturer, an author and an academic, Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald is an agent of change and unrivaled pioneer in the advancement of First Nations education. As a member of the Board of Directors of the First Nations House of Learning at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Archibald assisted many faculties with the development and implementation of First Nation initiatives in Arts, Agricultural Sciences, Applied Sciences, Law and Health Sciences. As the President of the Mokakit Education Research Association, Dr. Archibald developed national curriculum on HIV/AIDS, Aboriginal heroes and alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Dr. Archibald was supervisor of the Native Indian Teachers Education Program (NITEP), teaching, mentoring and advising many First Nations graduate students. She has published frequently and has served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Native Education. Internationally, Dr. Archibald helped establish a formal relationship between the University of British Columbia and the University of Auckland in New Zealand and is the director for the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education.