Jeffrey J. Schiffer is a Canadian of mixed ancestry. His mother is Métis from Manitoba, and his father was born in Germany. Schiffer was born and raised in Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds and BA in anthropology from UBC, and a PhD in anthropology and education at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Schiffer has conducted applied anthropological research and community engagement with Indigenous communities in Canada, Guatemala and Costa Rica. His dissertation research focused on the challenges that government and large NGOs face in implementing culturally relevant services within the complexity of urban Aboriginal diversity in Western Canada. He currently sits as Special Projects Officer at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) where he manages the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program. Schiffer is an Associate with the International Centre for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) affiliated with Royal Roads University, and holds certifications in Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy from the Focusing Institute of New York.