Fred Shore, Assistant Professor, Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba
Fred Shore is a leading Métis historian and scholar, with many important writings to his credit, including contributions to the anthologies Metis Legacy and Metis Legacy II. Shore was born in Québec, where he began his career as a teacher. In 1991, he earned his PhD in Canadian history from the University of Manitoba. He joined the faculty of the university's Native Studies department in 1984, and since then has been head of the department and chair of its graduate program.
Jean Teillet, IPC, OMN, (BFA, LL.B, LL.M), Counsel (former Partner) Pape Salter Teillet LLP
Jean Teillet's legal career has focused on Indigenous rights. She is the chief negotiator for the Stó:lo Xwexwilmexw treaty in BC and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada in 11 Aboriginal rights cases. She is widely published and is the author of Métis Law in Canada. Harper Collins will publish Teillet's popular history of the Métis Nation in 2019.
Teillet is an adjunct professor of law at UBC. She is on the board of Indspire, Save the Children Canada and the Association for Canadian Studies. The Indigenous Bar Association awarded Ms. Teillet the title of "Indigenous Peoples Counsel." She has three honorary doctorates: University of Guelph (2014), the Law Society of Upper Canada (2015) and the University of Windsor (2017). The Métis National Council awarded Teillet its highest honour, the "Order of the Métis Nation." She is appointed to the Interim Board for National Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation advisory committee for the Federation of Law Societies.
In January of 2018, Teillet will be awarded Canada's Meritorious Service Cross. She is the great grand niece of Louis Riel.
Jason Madden, Managing Partner, Pape Salter Teillet LLP Law Firm
Jason Madden is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and has been called to the bar in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Madden is recognized as being at the forefront in the advancement of Métis rights in Canada. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in all of the cases dealing with Métis rights issues over the last 15 years, including the recent Daniels v Canada case. He has also been counsel in many of the cases establishing Métis harvesting rights from Ontario westward since the release of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in R. v. Powley.
Madden is currently counsel for the Manitoba Metis Federation in their negotiations with Canada to implement the Supreme Court of Canada's 2013 decision bearing the Federation's name as well as counsel for the Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation of Alberta in their recently established exploratory discussion processes with Canada. Madden is a regular speaker on Indigenous legal issues generally and Métis legal issues specifically. Madden has been recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for his work.
He is also a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Osgoode Hall Law School Dianne Martin Award for the Advancement of Social Justice through Law. He is ranked by Lexpert ("most frequently recommended"), Best Lawyers and Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer in Aboriginal law. Madden is a citizen of the Métis Nation and a descendant of the 'Halfbreeds of Rainy River and Rainy Lake' who collectively adhered to Treaty No. 3 in 1875.
David Robertson, Graphic Novelist/Writer
David A. Robertson is an award-winning writer. His books include When We Were Alone (Governer General's Literary Award Winner, McNally Robinson Best Book for Young People winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Finalist), Will I See? (winner of the Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Award Graphic Novel Category), and the YA novel Strangers. Robertson educates as well as entertains through his writings about Canada's Indigenous peoples, reflecting their cultures, histories, communities, as well as illuminating many contemporary issues. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation, and lives in Winnipeg.
Chantal Fiola, Assisant Professor, Urban and Inner-City Studies Department, University of Winnipeg
Chantal Fiola is Red River Métis with family from St. Laurent and St. Geneviéve, Manitoba. She is the author of Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality, which won her the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award (2016). She is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded research study exploring Métis relationships with ceremony in Manitoba Métis communities. Chantal is Two-Spirit, Midewiwin and a Sundancer.
Adam Gaudry, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Native Studies & Department of Political Science, University of Alberta
Adam Gaudry, who is Métis, received his Ph.D from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, and both his MA in Sociology and BAH in Political Studies from Queen's University. He was a Henry Roe Cloud Fellow at Yale University and currently a co-investigator in the Métis Treaties Project.
Gaudry's research explores nineteenth-century Métis political thought, the Métis-Canada "Manitoba Treaty" of 1870, and Canada's outstanding obligations under the act. This project argues for the maintenance of a respectful and bilateral political relationship between the Métis nation and the Canadian people as treaty partners. This work is being revised into a book for publication with the University of Manitoba Press.
Dr. Frank Deer, Director of Indigenous Initiatives & Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
Frank Deer graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 with a PhD in Educational Administration. Deer also completed an MEd in 2003 and a BEd in 1999 at the University of Manitoba. Deer has served as a classroom teacher in the Frontier School Division, Pembina Trails School Division and the Winnipeg School Division. Deer has also served as an instructor at the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan.
Marilyn Dumont grew up in logging camps in the foothills of Alberta. She is the youngest of nine children to Métis parents Mary Vaness and Ambrose Dumont, both Cree-speaking Métis from Onion Lake, Saskatchewan and Kikino Métis Settlement, Alberta. She is an Indigenous feminist who believes in Indigenous sovereignty and the need for Indigenous peoples to gather and support one another in the relearning of their languages. She celebrates and promotes Indigenous women's artistic expression and has published four collections of poetry, all of which have won awards provincially or nationally, and one, A Really Good Brown Girl, is in its 15th printing.
Dumont has been writer-in-residence at five universities (Alberta, Windsor, Toronto -- Massey College, Brandon, MacEwan) and at the Edmonton Public Library. She served as a board member for the Public Lending Rights Commission for eight years and has a MFA in creative writing from UBC.
Carl Stone, Indigenous Student Centre Adviso, University of Manitoba
Carl Stone (BA), was born and raised by his Grandmother Eliza Stone on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Grandmother Stone was a respected Elder and of the Anishinaabe Midewin Society. Stone has worked as a student advisor and instructor for the Indigenous Student Centre at the U of M since 1999 and also sits on numerous advisory committees. He also works as an Elders helper and guest lectures on Traditional Teachings and Spirituality. Stone has been honoured to receive an award in recognition of his leadership, mentorship and in creating and promoting a positive work environment at the U of M and community. For the last 42 years, Stone has also been active in the reclaiming of the Anishinaabe spiritual and cultural ways of the people. In the mid 1970's, Stone was one of seven young men of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation who played a significant role in bringing back the Traditional Drum to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. After 100 years of silence, the Brokenhead Drum sounded its voice again.
Leslie Agger is an Anishinaabe-kwe from the Lac Seul First Nation currently completing a Master's degree in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her professional background is in community-based research.
For over a decade, Agger worked for a Cree community in northern Manitoba, collecting oral histories, carrying out land-based research and observing how communities dealt with such issues as traditional education, language revival, Reconciliation and healing in the context of past and imminent industrial "development."
Originally from Belarus, Kseniya Zaika is an international scholar in global political history with a focus on marginalized national identities. She defended her PhD in Political Science in Moscow in 2011 with an expertise in Canadian Studies.
Being a newcomer to Canada, Zaika is taking an MA program in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, which turned her perspective on Canadian state upside down and led her to understand the structural similarities in assimilationist policies of modernity.
At the U of M, Zaika's research focus is a comparitive history of colonization of Indigenous peoples in Russia and Canada, mostly from the 1870s to the 1950s. Her other research interest is a prospect of solidarity between Aboriginal peoples and immigrants as a way to build resistance against prevailing patterns of discrimination in Canada. Most of her publications were issued prior to her immigration to Canada and develop a topic of national integration in composite societies.