Building Reconciliation Forum Speakers

We are excited to announce the  speakers for the Building Reconciliation Forum!

Emcee:
Rosanna Deerchild Roseanna Deerchild
Rosanna Deerchild has been storytelling for more than 20 years, most recently as host of CBC Radio One's Unreserved, a show that shares the stories, music and culture of Indigenous Canada. Her debut poetry collection this is a small northern town won the 2009 Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Her second book, calling down the sky, is her mother's residential school Survivor story. Rosanna is a co-founder of the Indigenous Writers Collective of Manitoba and has also contributed to numerous Indigenous newspapers. A Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwan Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba, Rosanna now lives and works in her found home of North End, Winnipeg, Treaty One Territory.

 

 


Keynote address:   Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the former Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University. Effective September 16th 2016 she is serving as the first Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation on behalf of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Orillia. She also serves as an Adjunct Asst. Professor for the Faculty of Anthropology and Research Affiliate of the Centre for Health Care Ethics. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding the continuing transmission of unresolved intergenerational trauma and grief primarily within the Indigenous community of Canada.

Cynthia is a Board Member for Healthy Minds Canada and the newly formed Teach for Canada Non-Profit. She is a member of the Governing Circle of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and was inducted as a “Honourary Witness” by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  In August 2016, she was appointed as the Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, Ministers Special Representative (MSR) on Child and Family Well-Being.

Interested in environmental and humanitarian causes she is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada and is an active and engaging media representative. Cynthia is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people. She sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives, and is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement.

Cynthia co-founded and chairs a youth project out of the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan and Lakehead University.  More information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at: www.canadianroots.ca


Session 1: Centering our Communities in our Physical Spaces

K Jake Chakasim
K Jake Chakasim
K Jake Chakasim is a past recipient of the Architectural Research Center Consortium (ARCC) Jonathan King Medal for 2010-11, an award that acknowledges innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and environmental design research.  The basis of his award addressed the absence of an Indigenous epistemology throughout Canadian Schools of Architecture. For his research efforts he was selected as one of six inaugural Instructors with McEwan Architecture, 2013-2016 with a focus on Indigenous Precedents. His design work explores both traditional and contemporary uses of wood as an innovative and culturally sustainable building material – an embodied approach the not only aims to re-contextualize Indigenous traditions but brings into focus ‘form determinants’ specific to Indigenous art, architecture and planning practices.

Dr. Cary MillerCary Miller
Dr. Cary Miller is Anishinaabe and descends from St. Croix and Leech Lake communities. From 2013 she was the Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and since 2010 has been Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (starting there in 2002). Her book Ogimag: Anishinaabeg Leadership 1760-1845 was published with the University of Nebraska Press in 2010 and she previously has published in books such as Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories and the Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law. Her research is in Anishinaabe leadership in the early 19th century, Anishinaabe women's history, Treaties and sovereignty, Wisconsin Indian History, and Cultures of the Great Lake Region. Dr. Miller began her five-year term as head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2017.

Dr. Niigaanwewidam James SinclairNiigaan Sinclair
Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter's/Little Peguis) and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine's "Canada's Top 20 Most Influential People" and one of CBC Manitoba's "Top Forty Under Forty." He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of newspapers like The Guardian and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. His first book on Anishinaabeg literary traditions will be coming out with the University of Minnesota Press in 2017.





Session 2: Presidents Forum - Our Commitments to Indigenous Achievement

Dr. David T. Barnard Dr David Barnard
Dr. David T. Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba has demonstrated a strong commitment to reconciliation and Indigenous achievement.

Early in his term as president, he showed national leadership with a statement of apology and reconciliation on behalf of the University of Manitoba to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The apology, made in 2011, acknowledged the University's failure to recognize and challenge the Indian Residential School system. It was the first of its kind from a Canadian university. Two years later, the University of Manitoba was selected as the site for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Recently, in June 2017, Indigenous knowledge and guidance became a formally recognized part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences with the creation of Ongomiizwin, the largest Indigenous education and health unit in Canada in terms of scope and mandate.

Under President Barnard's leadership, the University of Manitoba has made Indigenous Achievement a focus of its strategic plan and a pillar of Front and Centre: the Campaign for the University of Manitoba, further demonstrating its commitment to helping Canada move forward, reconciled.

Dr. Richard Florizone Richard Florizone
Dr. Richard Florizone began his term as Dalhousie's 11th president in July of 2013, bringing a unique mix of academic and professional skills developed through extensive experience with universities, companies and government in Canada and abroad. Previously, Dr. Florizone was vice-president, finance and resources at the University of Saskatchewan, where he was also a Policy Fellow in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He earned his PhD in physics from MIT and has been a senior adviser to the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C., as well as serving in roles with Bombardier Aerospace, Cambridge University and the Boston Consulting Group.

In addition to being the chief executive of Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university, Dr. Florizone currently serves on the boards of the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Innovacorp, a crown corporation that invests in early stage Nova Scotia start-up companies. He also serves as a director on the board of Universities Canada and was inducted as fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June 2015.

Dr. Ralph NilsonDr Ralph Nilson
Dr. Ralph Nilson has been the President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University (VIU) since 2007. Under Dr. Nilson’s leadership, VIU is evolving as a values-based institution that supports faculty and staff to create an exceptional learning environment for students. VIU has become recognized as a national leader in advancing reconciliation through partnership with First Nation communities, advocating for and investing in transformational change. As the leader of a regionally engaged university, Dr. Nilson works closely with Indigenous communities and local/regional governments, businesses and non-profit organizations to ensure relevant, responsive and innovative educational programs built on relationships of trust, mutual respect and inclusiveness. His continued engagement on issues of population health supports the developmental focus of his work on the social determinants of health and in particular his emphasis on education as key to addressing issues of inequity.

Dr. Nilson also emphasizes the importance of the University in international outreach and in particular building a global connection to the local region. VIU has recently attained enrolment of more than two thousand international students from over ninety countries annually which ensures VIU is a portal for, and regional leader in, international contributions to awareness, dialogue and nation building.

 

Dr. Vianne Timmons Dr Vianne Timmons
Dr. Vianne Timmons is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. As President, Dr. Timmons oversees the degree programs of approximately 15,00 undergraduate and graduate students. Since becoming President in September 2008, she has played an active role in shaping the strategic direction of the University, with a strong focus on community relationships, Indigenous education, and internationalization.

During her time as Dean of Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Dr. Timmons founded the Mi'kmaq Teacher Education Program. She is of Mi'kmaq First Nation heritage.

 


Session 3: Indigenous Student Perspectives

Laura Forsythe Laura Forsythe
Laura Forsythe is Métis from the Red River Settlement. She holds a BA in First Nations Studies, a BEd specializing in Indigenous Perspectives in Education and a Post-Baccalaureate in Early Learning from Simon Fraser University. She is currently in the Masters program in the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba, with a specialization in Indigenous Education and self-government. She is also the Métis Inclusion Project Coordinator for the University of Manitoba. Recently, Laura wrote the core curriculum for the Métis Nation of British Columbia, exploring identity, contemporary perspectives and Métis children in care. Laura co-edited Looking Back and Living Forward: Indigenous Research Rising Up published in Fall 2017.

Victoria E. McIntoshVictoria McIntosh
Victoria E. McIntosh was born at Ste. Boniface, Manitoba, raised on Sagkeeng First Nation, and eventually moved to Red Lake Ontario. Before moving to Ontario, Victoria spent eight years, from ages four to 12, at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School.

Being creative wtih visual arts from an early age saved her from the trauma of abuse. Expressing herself through the arts is where she found solidue and a safe place. She always loved academics, but was very limited in institutions.

Today she is earning her degree in the senior years of education program at the University of Manitoba.

Chance PaupanekisChance Paupanekis
Chance Paupanekis is a Muskego Ininew (Swampy Cree) man from Treaty 5 Territory. He lived in Kinisao Sipi Cree Nation (Fish River) for the first six years of his life. His family relocated to the city of Winnipeg so that his sister could receive adequate healthcare.

While growing up in the public-school system, he began to realize the social, political and economic discrepancies that Indigenous people in Canada have to face. After graduating high school, Chance enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba and began to pursue an Advanced Major in Political Studies, minoring in Native Studies.

Chance served on the University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students' Association Executive Council for two years. He served as Director of Finance, Male Vice President and eventually Male Co-President. He also sat on the University of Manitoba Students' Union as the Indigenous Students' Representative. Chance was also part of the planning committee for the first ever Prairies Racialized Indigenous Student Experience Summit in Winnipeg in March of 2017.

He is currently working part-time
as the Events Coordinator for the Circles for Reconciliation, while completing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Upon graduation he hopes to enter the Faculty of Law at Robson Hall to achieve his Juris Doctor degree. He aspires to use his western education to help reclaim and protect the lands and waters of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Meaghan St. GermaineMeaghan St Germaine
Meaghan St. Germaine was raised in small towns all over Southern Manitoba and within Winnipeg's North End. In 2011, she came to the University of Manitoba as a young single mother. After switching from faculty to faculty, trying to find the one that was right for her, she is now approaching her last year in completing her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) as an Indigenous Business Education Partners student, majoring in International Business and minoring in Korean language. Meaghan hopes to bring her family overseas to not only experience other cultures, values and expore different landscapes, but to share ther Indigenous culture and knowledge with others.


Session 4: Indigenous Knowledge and Research Across Disciplines

Dr. Marcia AndersonDr Marcia Anderson
Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Saulteaux, with roots going to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. She is the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Current active areas of work include leading the development and implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Response Action Plans, Indigenous youth health, Indigenous maternal and child health, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada. She is a Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and Past Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous peoples health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011.


Dr. Margaret KressMargaret Kress
Dr. Margaret Kress, Tahkwaki Waapikwani Iskwew, Autumn Flower Woman, was born in Saskatchewan, in the grasslands of Treaty Four territory and the Métis homelands. She proudly embraces her Métis ancestry and continues to honour her French, English and German ancestors. Margaret works closely with Elders, knowledge keepers and educational and community leaders throughout Canada in the areas of Indigenous wellness, Indigenous and inclusive education, and social and environmental justice. Currently, she supports students and faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick in teaching, research, and service, with a focus on the exploration of critical issues associated with Indigenous education, Indigenous research methodologies, and Indigenous language retrieval and protection. She is the recent recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant (2016-2020) entitled, Preserving sacred landscapes: the reawakening of blood memory as justice. As Principal Investigator, she collaborates with researchers from the Universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Stockholm and the Sami University College. She is the author of selected publications of the Canadian Women Studies, kimiwan, Of Land & Living Skies: A community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, and Honouring Indigenous Women-Hearts of Nation.


Session 5: Survivor Perspectives on Reconciliation

Eugene Arcand
A Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Eugene Arcand spent 10 years at the St. Michael Indian Residential School in Duck Lake and one year at the Lebret Students Residence, both in Saskatchewan. For nearly four decades, he has served the Saskatchewan First Nations community in a variety of capacities, particularly with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations as an Education Liaison Worker, an Executive Assistant for the North Battleford District, and as an elected Vice-Chief. He also served as the Executive Director of the Prince Albert Indian and Métis Friendship Centre. Mr. Arcand has dedicated much of his time to organizing regional and national events - First Nations sports events, cultural events, tourism events, and events geared to the advancement of First Nations youth.

A Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Arcand also received the Saskatchewan Tourism Ambassador Award in 1997 and was named Prince Albert Citizen of the Year in 1994. Over he past few years, he has worked to ensure that both the public and Survivor communities are kept informed of the developments and processes associated with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

Terri Brown
Terri Brown is former Chief of Tahltan Band in Telegraph Creek, B.C. and an Indian Residential School Survivor. As President of the Native Women's Association of Canada, Brown established the Sisters in Spirit Campaign breaking the silence on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which lead to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry. She served on the Survivor Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Recent work includes Policy Analyst to the Teslin Tlingit Council and Special Advisor to the Dene National Chief.

Peter Irniq
Peter Irniq is a Residential School Survivor, drum maker and Inukshuk builder, and Inuk politician from Lyon Inlet, Nunavut. He has served in government cabinets in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and as the Commissioner of Nunavut. Along with Inuit leaders Jack Anawak and the late Marius Tungilik, he helped found the healing circle for the Survivors of Sir Joseph Bernier Federal Day School, which prompted an official apology from the Roman Catholic Bishop for the Hudson Bay Diocese. As an Inuk Elder, he is currently working with Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa to help Inuit reconnect with their culture and history.

Helene Johnson
Helene Johnson is a Residential School Survivor, Métis educator, and the Regional Director for The Eastern Region II of the Métis Nation - Saskatchewan. She has
served as the Métis Nation Minister of Residential Schools, worked as a teacher and as a Stay-in-School Coordinator, and assisted Residential School Survivors in telling their stories as a Form Filler for Saskatchewan under the Indian Residential School Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. She has also sat on numerous Regional, Provincial and National boards and committees.

Ted Quewezance
Ted Quewezance is Senate Chair of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations of Saskatchewan, a past Chief of Keeseekoose First Nation, Saskatchewan, and a Residential School Survivor and advocate for Reconciliation. In recognition of his four decades of work on Residential Schools, he was appointed by the Assembly of First Nations to ensure headway is made on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action on Health. He is also the Assembly of First Nations representative in the Indigenous Health Alliance, a collaboration of more than 150 First Nations working towards Indigenous health transformation, and a current board member of several non-profits.

Barney Williams
Barney Williams in Nuu-chah-nulth and a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations in Meares Island, B.C. He is an Elder and Residential School Survivor, a social worker and clinical counsellor, and an elected councillor of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. From 2008-2015 he served on the All Parties Committee for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and as an Elder Advisor provided cultural and spiritual advice to the Commissioners. He has also served as an Elder adviser for the B.C. Assembly of First Nations, Parks Canada, Assembly of First Nations National Elders Council, Tso-tum-le-lum Society Treatment Centre, and the Intertribal Health Authority.

Doris Young

Doris Young is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation of The Pas, Manitoba. She is a proud mother of three, a grandmother and a Residential School Survivor. Doris is an educator and researcher specializing in government policy, program development and evaluation who has taught courses at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Regina. She has lent her extensive experience to various boards and committees including the University of Manitoba Board of Governors, the Health Science Centre Aboriginal Services Committee, Norman Regional Health Authority Board of Governors, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the OCN Finance Committee. She received the Order of Manitoba in 2012.


Session 6: Indigenous Faculty Recruitment

Dr. Kristina BidwellKristina Bidwell
Dr. Kristina Bidwell is the first Associate Dean of Aboriginal Affairs in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. As Associate Dean, she has played a leading role in creating the Aboriginal Student Achievement Program as well as a gathering and advising space for Indigenous students. More recently, she has been working towards an Indigenous course requirement for all students and developing an Indigenous faculty hiring strategy in the College of Arts and Science. She is also a Full Professor in the Department of English, specializing in Indigenous storytelling and literature. Kristina is a member of the Southern Inuit community of NunatuKavut in Labrador, and is also part of the Mi'kmaq community of Newfoundland.



Dr. Lawrence MartzLawrence Martz
Dr. Lawrence Martz is a Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan and the Vice-Dean of Faculty Relations in the College of Arts and Science. He is also the former Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Dr. Martz completed his Bachelor's (1976) and Master's (1979) degrees at the University of Alberta, and his PhD (1987) at the University of Saskatchewan. He has helped lead major research collaborations such as MAGS: the Mackenzie GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment) Study, the Atlas of Saskatchewan project, the Climate Change and Water Resources in the South Saskatchewan River Basin interdisciplinary study, and the Community-University Research Aliiance Otipimsuak: the Free People - Métis Land and Society in Northwest Saskatchewan. His current research interests focus on digital terrain analysis techniques, automated parameterization of hydrologic models, and the impact of scale on topographic analysis. He has published over 200 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and supervised some 30 Masters' and Doctoral students and Post-doctoral Fellows.

Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy Diane Hiebert Murphy
Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy obtained a BSW, MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She completed a clinical internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Psychology Service Centre in the Faculty of Arts. She has a strong commitment to teaching and clinical and research supervision. She has served as the advisor for more than 50 graduate students. Before assuming the position of Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) she served as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Programs) in the Faculty of Social Work (2004-2007; 2011-2013) and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2014-2016). Her research focuses on family violence and family-centered practice and has been funded nationally (SSHRC) and provincially. Since 1998 she has been the director of the Couples Project, a provincially funded service/training/research program for couples with a history of intimate partner violence. She is a member of the Family Violence Consortium of Manitoba and serves on the Executive Council of the Psychological Association of Manitoba.


Dr. Lynn LavalléeLynn Lavallee
Dr. Lynn Lavallée, BA hons. (York), MSc. (Toronto), PhD (Toronto), has been appointed Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) effective September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2022. Dr. Lavallée is an Anishinaabe woman registered with the Métis Nation of Ontario. She comes to the University of Manitoba from Ryerson University, where she began her academic career as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in 2005, becoming an associate professor in 2010. Dr. Lavallée served as associate director in Ryerson's School of Social Work from 2012 to 2015 and led the equity, diversity and inclusion initiative. She was instrumental in establishing Ryerson's Aboriginal Education Council and was appointed Chair of the Provost's Aboriginal Advisory Council to advance Indigenous perspectives at Ryerson. Since 2013 Dr. Lavallée has also served as Chair of Ryerson's Research Ethics Board and is an expert in Indigenous research methods.

In addition to her role as Vice-Provost (Indigenous Engagement) Dr. Lavallée will also hold an appointment as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Her research and teaching interests include Indigenous health, cultural, sport and recreation programs, Indigenous epistemology and Indigenous research methods.

William Lindsay William Lindsay
William G. Lindsay (Cree-Stoney) is from Vancouver. He has grown up in British Columbia for most of his life in both rural and urban Aboriginal communities. William has attained Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. His B.Ed. Was completed in the Native Indian Teach Education Program and his master's thesis in History studied "A History of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre in an Age of Aboriginal migration and Urbanization." William is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University researching the Indigenization of universities. William has worked for over two decades as an Indigenous teacher, professor, student services provider, and senior administrator, at numerous British Columbia colleges and universities. William served as the Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at Simon Fraser University for the last eight years, working out of the Office of the Vice President, Academic. He is now in a special advisor role at SFU, working with the Vice President, Academic and Vice President, External on Aboriginal matters. He is also a published writer, with a TESOL textbook, a plethora of newspaper essays, and numerous academic papers and book reviews to his credit. William has also been the editor of two university newsletter/magazines and was the publisher of the annual SFU News, Aboriginal Edition from 2010 to 2017. William also has much experience dealing with local, provincial, and national media concerning Aboriginal issues.


Session 7: Institutional Development

Dr. Sheila Cote-MeekSheila Cote Meek
Sheila Cote-Meek, PhD, is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai. Author of Colonized Classrooms - Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education Sheila is a full professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health and holds a cross-appointment to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University where she is also the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs. As the senior lead on Indigenous initiatives her responsibilities include leading Indigenous academic developments across the disciplines. She has played a lead role in the development of the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre, the Master of Indigenous Relations program and the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education Dr. Cote-Meek has focused on bringing about systemic changes that impact Indigenous learners in post-secondary education. In 2016 she as nominated as an Indigenous Role Model for the Council of Ontario Universities Future Further Campaign and in 2013 she was the recipient of a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Dr. Cote-Meek is an active researcher and has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities regionally, nationally as well as internationally on social justice, education and health related issues.
 

Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo  
Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo is the Director, Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, he was the Director of First Nations House (Aboriginal Student Services) at U of T. He also had the opportunity to teach at Emmanual College (Victoria University) and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Wilfred Laurier University). He holds a Master of Theological Studies (Emmanuel College, Victoria University, 2011), Bachelor of Education (York University, 1996) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Concordia University, 1993). He is Mohawk from Kahnawake, Quebec.




Kevin Lamoureux
Kevin Lamoureux
Kevin Lamoureux is currently serving as Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on secondment. He is the Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, faculty at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, and is a well-known public speaker. Lamoureux has served as co-Chair for the Provincial Task Force on Educational Outcomes for Children in Care, scholar-in-residence for several school divisions, and education consultant throughout Manitoba and across Canada. His writing has been featured frequently in newspapers and many academic journals. Lamoureux is working towards his PhD in the University of Manitoba's Wellness and Sustainability cohort. He works closely with schools throughout Manitoba in support of Indigenous education and the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives; enrichment and talent development, and works with troubled and disengaged students.


Dr. Jacqueline OttmannJacequeline Ottmann
Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), former elementary and high school teacher and principal, now a scholar. While at the University of Calgary, she was Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit undergraduate teacher education program, and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives within the Werklund School of Education (WSE). She also co-chaired the WSE Indigenous Strategy, and alongside the Provost, the university-wide Indigenous Strategy.

As of October 1, 2017, Jacqueline became Professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the university of Saskatchewan. Ottmann has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples - their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.


Session 8: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Brenda GunnBrenda Gunn
Brenda L. Gunn is an Associate Professor in Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. She has a BA from the University of Manitoba and a J.D. from the University of Toronto. She completed her LL.M. in Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy at the University of Arizona. She articled with Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice Canada). She was called to the bars of Law Society of Upper Canada and Manitoba. Brenda also worked at a community legal clinic in Rabinal, Guatemala on a case of genocide submitted to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. She has also worked with First Nations on Aboriginal and treaty rights issues in Manitoba.

As a proud Metis woman she continues to combine her academic research with her activism pushing for greater recognition of Indigenous peoples' inherent rights as determined by Indigenous peoples' own legal traditions. Her current research focuses on promoting greater conformity between international law on the rights of Indigenous peoples and domestic law. She continues to be actively involved in the international Indigenous peoples' movement, regularly attending international meetings, including the review of Canada before CERD. She provided technical assistance to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the analysis and drafting of the report summarizing the responses on the survey on implementing the UN Declaration. She developed a handbook on understanding and implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that is quickly becoming on of the main resources in Canada on the UN Declaration and has delivered workshops on the Declaration across Canada and internationally. In 2013, she participated in the UNITAR Training Programme to Enhance the Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking Capacities of Indigenous Peoples' Representatives, which continues to impact her research.

Ry MoranRy Moran

As the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), it is Ry Moran's job to guide the creation of an enduring national treasure - a dynamic Indigenous archive built on integrity, trust and dignity. Ry came to the centre directly from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). On the TRC's behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and others affected by the residential school system. He was also responsible for gathering the documentary history of the residential school system from more than 20 government departments and nearly 100 church archives - millions of records in all.

Before joining the TRC, Ry was the founder and president of YellowTilt Productions, which delivered services in a variety of areas including Aboriginal language presentation and oral history. He has hosted internationally broadcast television programs, produced national cultural events, and written and produced original music for children's television. Ry's professional skills and creativity have earned him many awards, including a National Aboriginal Role Model Award, and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Ry is a proud member of the Métis Nation.


Session 9: Working Session - Walk With Us

Facilitated by: Gaa wii ji'i diyaang
Gaa wii ji'i diyaang is comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty, staff and students walking together and helping each other to create a just community through relationship building, education, advocacy and action in support of Indigenous Achievement at the University of Manitoba. The Anishinaabe name Gaa wii ji'i diyaang (walking together, helping each other) was gifted to the group by Elder Margaret Lavallee at a naming ceremony in November, 2015.