PhD in Public Policy student Wynonna Smoke is a policy analyst at Employment and Social Development Canada working on labour market research in fulfillment of the Nunavut Agreement. 

Smoke first heard of the PhD in Public Policy by attending the Canadian Health Economists’ Study Group (CHESG) conference where a past student presented. “I was compelled to study at SPPA since the School has a focus on Indigenous policy,” she says. “I am interested in Indigenous labour market policy, as well as Indigenous self-governance.”

Smoke is of Haudenosaunee and settler ancestry. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, she attended McMaster University where she studied economics and economic policy.