PhD student and Vanier Canada Scholarship Recipient, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Merelda Fiddler-Potter is a Ph.D. student in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient who is researching the media’s role in reconciliation. In addition to her doctoral studies, Fiddler-Potter is a sessional lecturer at First Nations University of Canada. She was also the Dallas W. Smythe Chair in the Department of Journalism at the University of Regina, where she developed a course on Reconciliation and the Role of the Journalist, for students. Prior to entering academia, Fiddler-Potter was a current affairs producer and reporter for CBC Saskatchewan and was recognized nationally by the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada for her work with Saskatchewan’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women. Fiddler-Potter has a Masters of Arts in Canadian Plains Studies and a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communications, both from the University of Regina.