Speakers

Judge David Arnot

Judge David Arnot

Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, the Director General of the Aboriginal Justice, and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice (Canada)

David Arnot has served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, the Director General of the Aboriginal Justice, and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice (Canada), and the Treaty Commissioner for the Province of Saskatchewan. He is currently the Chief Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and continues to promote Indigenous rights, education, and citizenship....

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Dr. Tusi Avegalio

Dr. Tusi Avegalio

Director of the Pacific Business Center Program at the Pacific Business Center, University of Hawaii

Papalii Dr. Tusi Avegalio is Director of the Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) at the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii. Tusi has consulted throughout the Pacific for the ruling chiefs of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia, and for traditional village councils, community organizations, governments, colleges and universities, multinational corporations, and local businesses.  His work seeks to reconcile the perspectives...

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Craig Benjamin

Craig Benjamin

Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Amnesty International Canada

Craig Benjamin is the Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Amnesty International Canada.  He has extensive experience advocating for the advancement of Indigenous rights nationally and internationally.  Craig represented Amnesty during the final years of negotiation and adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He coordinated Amnesty’s participation in the Canadian Human Rights...

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Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

Kelly Bernardin-Dvorak

Director of Jonah Community Projects

Kelly is the Director of Jonah Community projects.  The Decolonization Dialogue & Living Well Together Art Show emerged from he graduate studies,  and she is committed to active reconciliation initiatives. Kelly is a family therapist with Jonah Counselling and with the AFM.

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Ed Bianchi

Ed Bianchi

Program Manager at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

Ed is the Program Manager at KAIROS. From 2001-2012 he coordinated its Indigenous Rights Program. Before that he was National Coordinator of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, which saw churches, religious organizations, Indigenous peoples and regional groups work collaboratively on Indigenous justice issues. He has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ottawa’s Carleton University, and a combined Masters degree (Fine Arts and...

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Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public...

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Tessa & Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud

Tessa & Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud

Tessa at 1JustCity and Hańwakań at In. Business

Tessa & Hanwakan are as committed to social justice, as they are to fun. Working with, and for, the marginalized in Winnipeg as Fund Developer at 1JustCity for Tessa, mentoring Indigenous high school students through In. Business for Hanwakan, it’s about building a successful sustainable future for all.  In their free time they play ultimate, cycle, zipline, skateboard, and host...

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Cassondra Bright

Cassondra Bright

Community Engagement Officer at the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Cassondra is Métis and Cree, originally from Northern Manitoba. Currently Cassondra is the Community Engagement Officer for the National Aboriginal Initiative at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Cassondra has helped develop several tools and information resources for Indigenous audiences, including: the Honouring the Strength of Our Sisters: Increasing Access to Human Rights Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls Summary Report...

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Peter Bush

Peter Bush

Minister at Westwood Presbyterian Church

Peter Bush is the Minister at Westwood Presbyterian Church, Winnipeg. Before coming to Winnipeg he served congregations in rural Ontario and Flin Flon. He has written about The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s involvement with Indian Residential Schools. Peter is married to Debbie and they have one son.

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Liz Carlson

Liz Carlson

Therapist and PhD Student in Social Work at the University of Manitoba

Liz Carlson is an Aamitigoozhi, Wemistigosi, and Wasicu (settler Canadian and American) who lives on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Nehiyawak, Dakota, Nakota, and Red River Metis peoples currently occupied by the city of Winnipeg. She is currently completing a PhD in social work at the University of Manitoba, and also works as a therapist."

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Tracey Carr

Tracey Carr

Postdoctoral Fellow in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan

Tracey Carr has extensive experience in program planning and evaluation and has worked with First Nations communities for the past 10 years. Her work has comprised health services evaluation, health status reporting, and program evaluation of the Resolution Health Support Program for former students of Indian Residential Schools. Her primary interest is in the role of mental health professionals in...

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Paul Chartrand

Paul Chartrand

Boudeau Law

Paul L.A.H. Chartrand is currently senior counsel at Boudreau Law in Winnipeg, a firm specializing in Aboriginal law. He retired in 2009 from a university career specializing in the law and policy of states relating to indigenous peoples. The author of nearly 60 publications, he has held academic appointments at universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Recent...

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Mary-Anne Clarke

Mary-Anne Clarke

Child and Family Services Worker and PhD Student

My goal as a Child and Family Services worker has been to stop the removals of children that began with the IRSs. When I could find no options within the current system to effect enough change, I returned to school for my Masters and now my PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Manitoba) to work from a perspective...

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Ko’ona Cochrane

Ko’ona Cochrane

Indigenous Teaching

Ko’ona is an Anishinaabe-kwe member of the Bizhiw doodem (Lynx Clan) from Peguis First Nation. She has resided in the North End of Winnipeg since 2004, where she works to strengthen and support indigenous families and children through health promotion, indigenous issues, community development in addition to providing cultural programs and supportive services. Ko’ona has been sharing her indigenous teachings...

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Mary Courchene

Mary Courchene

Cultural Elder in the First Nations Communities of Manitoba

Mary is a recognized cultural Elder in the First Nations communities of Manitoba.  She is Anicinabe Ojibwa from Sagkeeng First Nation.  She has been a classroom teacher, special education counsellor, principal, student placement advisor, Superintendent,founding principal at Children of the Earth High School, and Dean of Education at Red River College. 

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Aimée Craft

Aimée Craft

Indigenous Lawyer and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer (Anishinaabe-Métis) and Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. She is the Director of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.  Her expertise in Anishinaabe and Canadian Aboriginal law. Craft's award-winning 2013 book, Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty, focuses on understanding and interpreting treaties from an Anishinaabe inaakonigewin (legal) perspective....

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Nikki Croft

Nikki Croft

Writer, Mother and Professional Marketer

Nikki Croft, originally from Montreal, is a writer, mother and professional marketer. She joined Returning to Spirit in 2012. She helps with their marketing, partnerships and resource development efforts. After doing her undergraduate degree in Commerce at Queen’s University, Nikki spent 12 years working in advertising in Toronto and Tokyo.  Flogging Kellogg’s cereal sales in Japan was no easy task,...

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Raymond Currie

Raymond Currie

Dean Emeritus at the University of Manitoba

Raymond F. Currie is Dean Emeritus at the University of Manitoba where he worked for over 30 years as profession of sociology, and Dean of Arts (1991-99). Subsequently he was Executive Director of the Canadian Research Centre Data Network (2002-2010). He is the parent of two adopted Indigenous children, and has a career long commitment to equality of Indigenous peoples....

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Shereen Denetoo

Shereen Denetoo

Interim Executive Director at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba

Shereen Denetto is the Interim Executive Director at IRCOM (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba) an inner-city agency that provides affordable transitional housing and holistic supports to newcomers to Canada, with a focus on refugees. At IRCOM she has worked with the team to help build meaningful connections between newcomer and Indigenous communities. Shereen has also worked in community...

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Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley

Master Degrees in Library and Information Studies and City Planning

With master's degrees in both Library and Information Studies and City Planning, Michael Dudley is the Librarian for Indigenous studies, history, political science, and urban and inner city studies at the University of Winnipeg. He edited the book Public Libraries and Resilient Cities, is a regular book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press and blogs at The Decolonized Librarian (decolonizedlibrarian.wordpress.com/)....

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Lorena Fontaine

Lorena Fontaine

Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg

(LL.B, LL.M) is Cree-Anishnabe from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Lorena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Manitoba. Her research is on Aboriginal Language Right in Canada. Currently, Lorena is an Equality Rights Panel Member of the Court Challenges Program,...

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Theodore Fontaine

Theodore Fontaine

Author of National Bestseller, Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir

Theodore Fontaine of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation is the author of national bestseller, Broken Circle:  The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir. Theodore was executive director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and director to multiple organizations including Peace Hills Trust, the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, the VON, The Manitoba Museum and the Banff Centre of Management....

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Harris Friedman

Harris Friedman

Professor of Psychology at University of Florida

PhD Professor of Psychology at University of Florida, and consulted with the Seminole Tribe for many years. He consults globally on culture change, and his scholarship is often covered by the international media, as well as published in top journals. His recent books include Transcultural Competence (2015) and The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (2014).

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Gail Gallagher

Gail Gallagher

Manager with Violence Prevention & Safety, Native Women’s Association of Canada

Gail Gallagher is a First Nations Cree woman from Frog Lake First Nation, Alberta, who currently resides in the Nation’s capital. Currently, Gail is in her last year of her Masters’ degree with the Native Studies Faculty, University of Alberta, and her thesis focuses on the sexual exploitation and marginalization of Aboriginal women and ways that Aboriginal activism works to...

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Jerry Glover

Jerry Glover

PhD, Author, Consultant, and Educator

Jerry Glover, PhD, is an author, consultant, and educator whose work has focused on reconciling cultural differences in economic, community, and organizational development.  He has advised leaders change initiatives in 30 nations His most recent book, Transcultural Competence: Navigating Cultural Differences in a Diverse World includes an approach to understanding how to create solutions for problems of cultural differences. It...

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Joan Grace

Joan Grace

Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg

Joan Grace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg where she teaches Canadian politics, women & politics and social movements.  Joan’s current research analyses women’s policy advocacy and institutional practices which structure the women’s equality agenda within the Canadian parliamentary system.

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Rayne Graff

Rayne Graff

Volunteer and Community Services Programs Assistant at IRCOM

Rayne Graff is the Volunteer and Community Services Programs Assistant at IRCOM. At IRCOM, she has worked with a team to build connections between Indigenous and Newcomer communities.  Rayne is a proud Winnipegger and is also a member of Long Plain First Nation on Treaty One territory. Growing up in the city, she always wanted to learn about Indigenous history...

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Ashlyn Haglund

Ashlyn Haglund

Policy and Planning Consultant for Pimicikamak Okimawin, the Ininew Government Centred at Cross Lake in Treaty 5 Territory

Ashlyn Haglund is a policy and planning consultant working with and for Pimicikamak Okimawin, the Ininew government centred at Cross Lake in Treaty 5 Territory. Ashlyn speaks publicly about the unjust ongoing impacts of hydro development, water regulation and land dispossession in Manitoba. She was raised on a stretch of Colonization Road very near the unceded Aniishinaabe meeting grounds of...

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Udloriak Hanson

Udloriak Hanson

Chief Operating Officer with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Udloriak Hanson is Chief Operating Officer with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the land claims organization representing Nunavut Inuit. She is also NTI’s Chief Negotiator for devolution. Ms. Hanson served as Senior Advisor to the Clerk of the Executive Council for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on Aboriginal Issues and Arctic Economic Opportunities. Ms. Hanson also served as A/Executive Director...

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Edgar Heap of Birds

Edgar Heap of Birds

Cheyenne Multiple Media Artist and Professor

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds works in multiple media, having shown his paintings, drawings, prints, and text-based conceptual works in numerous countries. Heap of Birds roots his practice in Cheyenne spirituality and an indigenous way of seeing and being in the world. Whether appearing as interventions in public spaces or in a gallery, Heap of Birds's carefully...

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Jennifer Henry

Jennifer Henry

Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

Jennifer Henry currently serves as the Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, which brings together eleven churches and religious organizations in advocacy for ecological justice and human rights.  KAIROS' commitment to Indigenous rights reaches back more than 40 years to the precursor ecumenical coalitions Project North and the Aboriginal Rights Coalition.  KAIROS is currently collaborating in an Education...

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Frank Iacobucci

Frank Iacobucci

Former Supreme Court Justice

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. He was born, raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he receive his LL.M. and Dip. Int’l Law from Cambridge. He began his career in 1964 as a lawyer at a large New York firm.  In 1967, he joined the Faculty of...

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Dawn Isaac

Dawn Isaac

Masters in Applied Communications, with Years of Experience in Research & Training Focusing on First Nations Issues

Dawn is is Anicinabe Ojibwa from Sagkeeng First Nation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Ecology and graduate degree in applied communications. She has several years of experience in research & training with a focus on First Nations issues. She is passionate about promoting a wide-spread understanding of First Nations issues both in a historical and current context.

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Elaine Isaac

Elaine Isaac

Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Social Work and Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Educational Psychology

Elaine is Anicinabe Ojibwa from Sagkeeng First Nation. She holds both an undergraduate and Masters degree in Social Work and post-baccalaureate degree in educational psychology. She has been responsible for developing and implementing education, social services initiatives, Special Education, training and employment initiatives for more than 20 years.

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Adrian Jacobs

Adrian Jacobs

Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy at Grand River Territory, ON

Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy at Grand River Territory, ON. He is the father of five and grandfather of two. He lives as guest on Anishnabe Treaty One territory as Keeper of the Circle (Principal) of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, national Aboriginal ministry training school of The United Church of Canada.

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Edwin Jebb

Edwin Jebb

Retired from 19 Years with the Opaskwayak Education Authority Developing Education Programs and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Manitoba's First Nations People

A member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), Edwin Jebb was one of the first Aboriginal graduates of the University of Manitoba.  Edwin is retired from the Opaskwayak Education Authority where he spent 19 years heading OCN's school system, developing education programs and promoting healthy lifestyles for Manitoba's First Nations people.

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Shalene Jobin

Shalene Jobin

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and Director of the Aboriginal Governance program

Shalene Jobin is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and Director of the Aboriginal Governance program. She is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six). Shalene has published in the edited collections Reflections on...

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Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation. He is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and is an Honourary Witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As Chairman of the...

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Stephen Kakfwi

Stephen Kakfwi

Former Premier of the Northwest Territories

Stephen Kakfwi is an instrumental leader in advancing the Aboriginal land and self-government rights of the Northwest Territories (NWT) Dene, Metis and Inuit. He has had a distinguished career in public government promoting NWT political, constitutional and economic development in the north, within Canada and internationally. He is the former Premier of the Northwest Territories (1999 – 2003) and President...

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Dr. Rachel Kerr

Dr. Rachel Kerr

Co-Chair of the London Transitional Justice Network

Dr Rachel Kerr is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London.  Her research interests are in the area of law and war, in particular war crimes and transitional/post-conflict justice, and she co-directs the War Crimes Research Group at King’s.  Her books include: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: Law, Diplomacy and Politics (OUP, 2004); Peace...

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Isha Khan

Isha Khan

Acting Executive Director and Counsel for The Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Isha Khan is currently the Acting Executive Director and Counsel for The Manitoba Human Rights Commission.  In this role, she oversees the Commission’s complaint process and human rights education mandate.  In her role as Counsel, she advises on the investigation of complaints and disposition of complaints by a Board of Commissioners.  She also represents the public’s interest in adjudication hearings,...

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Wab Kinew

Wab Kinew

Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

Wab Kinew is a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, and a unique blend of broadcaster, journalist and community leader. He has served as a correspondent with Aljazeera America. In 2014, Wab successfully defended Joseph Boyden’s “The Orenda” on CBC’s Canada Reads literary competition. In 2012, he hosted the acclaimed...

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Dr. Régine King

Dr. Régine King

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba

Dr. Régine Uwibereyeho King is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. Her research interests include social processes in post-genocide Rwanda, women’s rights, and psychosocial well-being of survivors of organized violence who resettle back into their communities and in other countries as refugees and immigrants. Dr. King is also interested in cross-cultural mental health interventions, indigenous...

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Sandra Krahn

Sandra Krahn

Ph.D. candidate at the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba

Sandra Krahn is a Ph.D. candidate at the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. Her current research focus explores how women network to create peacebuilding systems. This research explores several case studies based in educational institutions in India and Canada. She is on the board of the Manitoba storytelling Guild and a member of the...

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Mandela Kuet

Mandela Kuet

Youth and Family Support Worker

Mandela is dedicated to community development and service delivery, with key focus on community relationships and engagement. Mandela has experience working with children, youth and families from both the newcomer and Indigenous communities. He is passionate about connecting with community members, creating opportunities for dialogue and bridging social gaps. He strongly believes in the individual and community capacity building, and...

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Bequie Lake

Bequie Lake

Red Threads of Peace Project Troupe

Bequie Lake is a theatre maker, community builder and founder of the Red Threads of Peace Project. Trained at the University of Alberta and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, she incorporates tools from theatre into her work with the non-profit sector and many theatre workshops including: Menno Simons College, the Youth Peacebuilding Project, the Peaceful Village, and the Storytelling...

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Estelle Lamoureux

Estelle Lamoureux

High School Principal

From school bus driver to high school principal, Estelle has had the privilege of seeing many facets of the education system. She now devotes her time organizing human rights initiatives that focus on ethical issues, connecting individuals into a larger networks found in the UNESCO Commissions here and in the United States and being of service for various human rights...

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Marie-Claude Landry

Marie-Claude Landry

Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Marie-Claude Landry, Ad.E. was appointed as Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission in March 2015, marking a new phase in a career defined by community involvement. Native of Mont-Joli, QC, she obtained her Bachelor’s of Law from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1988, and founded her own law firm located in Cowansville, QC in 1993. Ms. Landry’s desire...

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David Langtry

David Langtry

Lawyer and Senior Executive with Over 35 years of Experience in both the Private and Public Sectors

David Langtry joined the CHRC in 2006. He served as Deputy Chief Commissioner from 2007 to present, as Acting Chief Commissioner from 2010 to 2015, and as President of CASHRA, the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies, from June 2013 to June 2015.  David works closely with other human rights commissions both in Canada and around the world.  ...

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Michelle LaVallee

Michelle LaVallee

Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan

Michelle LaVallee is Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since 2007, her curatorial work has explored the colonial relations that have shaped historical and contemporary culture through exhibitions including: Moving Forward, Never Forgetting (2015); 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. (2013); 13 Coyotes: Edward Poitras (2012); and Blow Your House In: Vernon Ah Kee (2009).  

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Dawn Lavand

Dawn Lavand

Red Threads of Peace Project Troupe

Dawn Lavand trained as a triple threat singing, dancing and acting. Her first role at age 6 launched her into a ten year acting career in television, film and theatre.  Dawn expresses her heart through Playback Theatre with her Indigenous roots as a storyteller and healer to encourage others to share their stories and build community.

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Brad Leitch

Brad Leitch

Red Threads of Peace Project Troupe

Brad Leitch is a filmmaker, peacebuilder and playback theatre actor.  With a B.A. in Conflict Transformation and as founder of Rebel Sky Media, his films have explored peace and justice in Canada, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Israel, Palestine and the United Kingdom.  His work is currently featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and at the Museum of Immigration in Halifax.

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Dr. Mary LeMaître

Dr. Mary LeMaître

French Professor in the Modern Languages Department at the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Mary LeMaître holds a PhD in French and Catholic Studies from the University of Manitoba (2008) and specializes in the analysis of social discourse. She is a French professor in the Modern Languages Department at the University of Winnipeg and author of three French language books. Since attending the TRC in Winnipeg in 2010, she has turned the focus...

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Koren Lightning-Earle

Koren Lightning-Earle

Practitioner a Thunderbird Law

Koren Lightning-Earle, Blue Thunderbird Woman, is Cree and from Samson Cree Nation, Alberta.  She is a sole practitioner a Thunderbird Law in her home community. Koren graduated from Law School in 2007 at the University of Alberta.  She was called to the bar in February 2009 and had the honour of having her Bar Call on her Reserve of Samson...

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Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay

Research and Access Archivist at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Anne Lindsay is Research and Access Archivist at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. She is responsible for understanding the significance of the records within the Centre’s collection and the relationships between them.  Anne was an archivist with the TRC of Canada before joining the NCTR staff. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she has had a life-long interest in...

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Wilton Littlechild

Wilton Littlechild

Chief and Respected Lawyer

Chief Littlechild is a respected lawyer, advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples, most recently as a Commissioner with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and as a Member of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  Dr. Littlechild has won more than seventy sports championships, and has received numerous awards, including the Indspire Award for...

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Jennifer Llewellyn

Jennifer Llewellyn

Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Jennifer Llewellyn is Viscount Bennett Professor of Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Her teaching and research is focused on relational theory, restorative justice, truth commissions, human rights law and Canadian constitutional law.  She has written and published extensively on the theory and practice of a restorative approach in transitional contexts and established democracies.  She previously advised the Assembly...

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Loc Lu

Loc Lu

Red Threads of Peace Project Troupe

Loc Lu has been an actor, instructor, and director for over 15 years and a founder of Red Threads. Trained in physical theatre, mask, clown, forum theatre, and film, he began teaching theatre in 2001 at Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Loc has performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Theatre Projects), The Hobbit (MTYP), Peter Pan (MTYP), and Box and Quotations...

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Jeanne D. Maes

Jeanne D. Maes

Professor of Management at the Mitchell College of Business

Jeanne is a Professor of Management at the Mitchell College of Business and University Ombudsperson to the 550+ faculty at the University of South Alabama.   A seasoned dispute resolution professional, facilitator, executive trainer, and consultant, Dr. Maes’ areas of expertise include communication skills, conflict management, partnering, team-building, and leadership.

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Céleste McKay

Céleste McKay

National Aboriginal Initiative of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Céleste McKay is Métis from Manitoba, with a background in social work and law, including an LL.M. Céleste is a consultant, working on human rights, policy, philanthropy, research and advocacy, primarily for Indigenous peoples. She also works part-time for the National Aboriginal Initiative of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Her greatest source of joy is her family, her son, Evan...

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Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod

Consultant Specializing in HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal peoples, Aboriginal Cultural Reclamation, Decolonization, and Cross-Cultural Training

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and the Metis community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He has over twenty years of experience as a human rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba. Albert lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a consultant specializing in HIV/AIDS and...

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Justin Mohamed

Justin Mohamed

CEO of Reconciliation Australia

Justin Mohamed is the CEO of Reconciliation Australia and a proud Aboriginal man of the Gooreng Gooreng nation, near Bundaberg in Queensland. Justin has dedicated the past 25 years to working towards building a strong and healthier nation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Justin believes that better health is clearly linked to the positive outcomes of reconciliation and...

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Julie Nagam

Julie Nagam

Chair in the History of Indigenous Art in North America with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Dr. Julie Nagam is the Chair in the History of Indigenous Art in North America with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her current SSHRC projects include: The Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital and New Media Labs and Exhibitions and The Kanata Indigenous Performance, New and Digital Media Art (www.transactivememorykeepers.org). She has shown her...

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Rosemary Nagy

Rosemary Nagy

Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Equality and Social Justice at Nipissing University

Rosemary Nagy is Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Equality and Social Justice at Nipissing University.  Her past research in the field of transitional justice has included studies in South Africa and Rwanda.  Rosemary has just finished a major project on Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  She is now helping to lead a...

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Nicole Neidhardt

Nicole Neidhardt

Artist and Creative Professional

Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo), Scottish, and a blend of European ancestry. She is currently a visitor on Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, BC but grew up in Santa Fe, NM. Her clan is Kiyaa'áanii, Towering House Clan and her family is from Round Rock, Arizona. She is a practising artist, creative professional, and a young change-maker with her Bachelor...

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Yvonne Niego

Yvonne Niego

Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice for the Nunavut Government

Yvonne Niego grew up in Baker Lake, Nunavut, the geographical center of Canada which sits well into the mainland of Nunavut west inward from the coast of the Hudson Bay north of Manitoba, in the eastern arctic region known as the Kivalliq.  She was the first person from her community to go to university, studying at the University of Calgary. ...

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Leo Nijssen

Leo Nijssen

Associate Professor at the University College of the North in the Pas

I grew up and received my education in Treaty 6 territory, in the area of the 1885 Metis resistance. That education was notably deficient in its treatment of the Treaty and the MetisI attended the University of Saskatchewan graduating with an LLB in 1980 I practised law from 1984-2001. In September 2001 I began teaching Canadian Native Law as a...

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Sherry Peden

Sherry Peden

35 Years in Teaching, Counselling and in Administrative Roles within the Public and Post-Secondary Educational Field in Manitoba

 Dr. Sherry Peden has spent the past 35 years working at various teaching, counselling and administrative roles within the public and post-secondary educational field in Manitoba.   Sherry attained her first degree as a BUNTEP (Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program) student in 1981. While working, she a made it her goal to attain:  a 5 Year Bachelor of Education (1995)...

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Jean Pelletier

Jean Pelletier

Jonah Community Projects

Jean is involved with Jonah Community projects and is a founding Board Member. Jean participated in the inaugural Decolonization Dialogue & Living Well Together Art Show in 2012, and is a beloved and committed community helper.  Jean works with MaMaWi.

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Dr. Julie Pelletier

Dr. Julie Pelletier

Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Winnipeg

Julie Pelletier, Associate Professor  of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg is a descendant of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe of northern Maine. She earned her Ph.D. and MA in Cultural Anthropology at Michigan State University and was the first graduate student at MSU whose doctoral research was funded by a tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of...

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Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat

Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat

Assistant Professor in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Sudbury’s Department of Indigenous Studies

Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat (Anishinaabe - Whitefish River First Nation) is the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the University of Sudbury’s Department of Indigenous Studies. Prior to joining the University of Sudbury in 2013, Brock was seconded as a researcher with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and held two academic appointments as an Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair, and...

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Joanna Quinn

Joanna Quinn

Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at The University of Western Ontario

Joanna Quinn is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at The University of Western Ontario.  Since 1998, Dr. Quinn has been engaged in research that considers the role of acknowledgement in overcoming the effects of conflict.  She has written widely on the role of acknowledgment in truth commissions and in...

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Lisa Raven

Lisa Raven

Leads and Develops Workshops for Returning to Spirit

Lisa is from the Hollow Water First Nation in Manitoba, an Ojibway community known for innovation in the field of Restorative Justice.  Lisa’s personal life and relationships were so impacted by her experience of profound forgiveness and connection that she has been leading and developing workshops for Returning to Spirit since 2006.  Almost 10 years later Lisa continues to be...

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Carol Reimer

Carol Reimer

Social Worker with the Community Resource Program

Carol Reimer is a Social Worker with the Community Resource Program. The best part of the job has been the people she has been able to meet from around the world and the constantly changing environment. It’s a privilege to be able to help build community and get to know families as they become a part of Winnipeg. She graduated...

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Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson

Award-Winning Author, Journalist and Filmmaker

Laura Robinson is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker and a former national rowing champion and member of the Canadian Cycling Team. She wrote the play "FrontRunners: Niigaanibatowaad" about long-distance runners, which she filmed with APTN and presently distributed by the NFB. She covered the first meeting of the Aboriginal Sport Council in 1991 and has covered First Nations sports...

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Gladys Rowe

Gladys Rowe

PhD Student at the University of Manitoba

Gladys Rowe is a Muskego Inninew Iskwe (Swampy Cree woman) of mixed ancestry from Fox Lake Cree Nation. She is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba where she will explore experiences of urban Indigenous women with pregnancy, birth, and motherhood through an Indigenist arts-based inquiry.

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Dana Rungay

Dana Rungay

Founder of Red Threads of Peace Project

Dana Rungay is a founder of Red Threads of Peace Project. Her love of Playback Theatre is its natural way of valuing life’s moments and connecting to others. Playback offers her personal healing and nurtures meaningful change through the magic of storytelling, humor and creative expression. Her life’s work has been counselling, education and community building in Manitoba First Nations and...

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Scott Serson

Scott Serson

Former Federal Deputy Minister

Scott Serson is a member of the Board of Directors of Canadians for a New Partnership, and a former federal Deputy Minister who spent much of his career working on issues related to First Peoples. Appointed Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in 1989, he provided strategic advice on federal-provincial relations and Aboriginal constitutional issues. He also...

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Darryl Shotton

Darryl Shotton

Program Manager for Career Trek

Darryl Shotton is the Program Manager for Career Trek, in northern Manitoba.  The program brings together Grade 5 and Grade 6 students from a variety of northern communities to explore possible career options, but most importantly to learn more about themselves, encounter their peers, and challenge stereotypes.

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Suzanne Sterling

Suzanne Sterling

Consultant with a Master of Arts in Organizational Change

Suzanne is recognized for her work in bringing people together and helping them to reconcile differences.  She is a consultant in the area of cultural competency, organization and systems change and non-profit governance and operations.  Suzanne is the Canadian affiliate at Institute for Culture and Adaptive Leadership and holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Change. 

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Sarah Story

Sarah Story

M.A. Student in the Archival Studies & History Program at the University of Manitoba

Sarah Story is a 4th generation Settler. She is an M.A. student in the Archival Studies & History Program at the University of Manitoba. As a student researcher for the Manitoba Research Alliance, she is working with elders in Island Lake to preserve recordings of traditional teachings. Her thesis work centres on building support to preserve histories of Aboriginal institutional...

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Stewart Sutherland

Stewart Sutherland

PHD Research on the Interplay Between Reconciliation and the Social Emotional Wellbeing of People Forcibly Removed from their Families within Canada, New Zealand and Australia

Stewart Sutherland was born and raised in Wellington NSW the heart of Wiradjuri country. For over a decade he has worked in Indigenous health, in more recent years focusing on identity and mental health particularly Social and Emotional Wellbeing of the Stolen Generations (people forcibly removed from their families). Having just summited his PHD through the Australian National University Canberra,...

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Jocelyn Thorpe

Jocelyn Thorpe

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba

Jocelyn Thorpe is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on the history and legacies of colonialism in Canada. She is grateful to residential school Survivors for their courage and for their wisdom in creating the current opportunity for relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and land based on mutual recognition...

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Martial Tougas

Martial Tougas

Red Threads of Peace Project Troupe

Martial Tougas is a singer, vocal impressionist, improv artist and entertainer. Although most of his shows across Canada have been comedy-impressionist presentations, his first love has always been music and song. As a multi-instrumentalist, Martial combines his love for movies and improv into creating soundscapes as a playback musician with the Red Threads of Peace Project.

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Naiomi Walqwan Metallic

Naiomi Walqwan Metallic

Associate Lawyer at Burchells LLP in Halifax

Naiomi Walqwan Metallic is an associate lawyer at Burchells LLP in Halifax, and, as of July 1, 2016, will be joining the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University as a tenured-track associate professor.  Originally from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation on the Gaspé Coast of Québec, she is alumni of Dalhousie Law School (LL.B.), the University of Ottawa’s Civil...

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Andrew Woolford

Andrew Woolford

Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba and President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

Andrew Woolford is professor of sociology at the University of Manitoba and president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. He is author of ‘This Benevolent Experiment’: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in the United States and Canada (2015, co-published by University of Nebraska Press and University of Manitoba Press). He is co-editor of Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North...

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Monique Woroniak

Monique Woroniak

Co-founder of www.groundworkforchange.org

Monique is a White settler woman from Winnipeg - Treaty 1 and Red River Métis territory. A librarian, she has a passion for connecting people and communities with the information they need to achieve their goals. She is a co-founder of www.groundworkforchange.org a website meant to support relationships between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples that are rooted in solidarity and justice....

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Doris Young

Doris Young

Educator for Over 30 Years and Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs at the University College of the North

Doris Young (BA Hons. MPA) has been an educator for over 30 years.  She is the Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs at the University College of the North (UCN).  She attended 3 residential schools and was a member of the Indian Residential School Survivor Committee (IRSC) an advisory committee to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). ...

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Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Film Maker of Social Justice Documentaries

Teddy is a settler of Ethiopian and Greek heritage based in treaty 1 territory.  He is a father, husband,  brother, son and film maker whose work focuses on social justice documentaries.

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Dr. Melanie Zurba

Dr. Melanie Zurba

Research Associate with the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Melanie Zurba is a recent PhD graduate from the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba. Melanie is most interested in questions around equity and relationship building in governance systems. Her doctoral research focused on collaboration and reconciliation between First Nations and forestry companies in northwestern Ontario. She has explored collaborative governance systems through working with communities in...

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