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.