Our Story

Origins

Our story began in 1996, as Kim was attending classes as an undergraduate in the pursuit of her Psychology degree. One day, Ruth Turner, an Ojibway graduate student working as the teaching assistant in one of Kim’s classes approached her, and asked if she was also First Nations. This was particularly noteworthy, as only a couple of psychology students were Indigenous. 

Ruth was the first Indigneous graduate student in the Department of Psychology. Ruth and Kim became close friends, where Ruth mentored Kim on what it would take to get into graduate school. Ruth and Kim shared their experiences of being the only Indigenous students in their classes advocating for themselves at a colonial institution. Ruth supported Kim in learning more about research, and with her application to grad school 

After many years, Kim wanted to repay Ruth for all of her generous time and wisdom shared. Kimasked Ruth how she could ever repay her and Ruth simply said, “Bring others along.” 

Ruth would go on to become the first Indigenous person to graduate with a PhD in Psychology from SFU. Kim would be the second, and later, Billie Joe Rogers the third

During her time at graduate school, Kim fostered the idea of sharing the experience she had with Ruth, and sought out like-minded Indigenous students. First there was one and more quickly followed as Kim showed them how to adapt to program requirements, excel in the programs, and build stronger foundations to thrive. 

Where We are Now

Bringing others along continues to be a central force for Reciprocal Consulting. Our team has grown since being founded 2003. Now in 2022, Reciprocal Consulting is co-owned by four Indigenous women. As a team, Reciprocal Consulting is leading the way in creating a paradigm shift in the field of program evaluation. 

As the Reciprocal Consulting team continues to grow we have developed an unwavering commitment to taking a strengths based approach to our work and celebrating Indigenous stories and experiences. Bringing others along now guides who we work with, how we work with communities and organizations (both public and private sector), our pedagogy, approaches to teaching and working with students, and how we contribute to the Reconciliation movement in Canada.