Faculty Partners
  Kiera L. Ladner is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her research focuses on self-determination, treaty constitutionalism, rights and responsibilities within multiple contexts (Indigenous and settler - in Canada, Australia and New Zealand), Indigenous political thought, federalism and gender diversity. In 2010 she edited a collection on Oka @ 20 with Leanne Simpson entitled This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades (Arbeiter Ring Press) and is currently writing a book on Indigenous constitutions and constitutional politics tentatively entitled This is Not a New Book. Kiera's current projects include: the Indigenous Leadership Initiative; the comparative Indigenous Constitutional politics project which examines constitutional renewal, Indigenous constitutional visions and Indigenous rights debates in Canada, Australia and New Zealand; and, a project with Dr. Shawna Ferris (Women's and Gender Studies) on a community centred digital archives project which is compiling three archives - the Sex Work Database, the Missing and Murdered Indigneous Women Database, and the Post-apology Indian Residential School Database.
Shawna Ferris   Shawna Ferris teaches and researches in the area of critical race studies, decolonization, sex work/prostitution studies, and violence against women, with an emphasis on representation and resistance. She is particularly interested in cultural representations of and responses to sex work/ers, as well as cultural marginalization, and raced classed and gendered violence resulting from the same. Her book, Street Sex Work and Canadian Cities: Resisting a Dangerous Order, was published in 2015 by University of Alberta Press. Her current research examines anti-violence, anti-racism, and decolonization-oriented activism stemming from the growing number of missing and murdered women in urban centres across Canada. As part of this research and in partnership with Mamawipawin Director Dr. Kiera Ladner (Political Studies and CRC, Indigenous Governance), she is working with a research team to develop three separate but related digital archives. Working titles for these archives are the Sex Work Database, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database, and the Post-apology Indian Residential School Database. Shawna is also involved in a research project with Sex Professionals of Canada Executive Director Amy Lebovitch. Together, they are examining in even more depth sex worker activism in Canada.
Comparative Indigenous Constitutional Law and Politics Project
  Felicia Sinclair is an undergraduate student attending the University of Winnipeg. She is actively pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biopsychology. After which, she aspires to attend the University of Manitoba as a medical student. In the future, she intends to contribute to research on cognitive behavioral therapy as a dedicated means of treating cognitive behavioral disorders. Currently Felicia is working as a research assistant for Dr. Ladner as a member of the Mamawipawin research team, conducting research related to the constitutional recognition developments in Australia.

Meagan Cloutier has just completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies, with a focus in Indigenous governance and Canadian politics. She is hoping to continue her education in political science through a graduate program. Meagan has been a member of the Mamawipawin research team since 2015, conducting research related to the constitutional recognition and treaty developments in Australia.

The Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities Project
Danielle Allard  

Danielle Allard holds a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellowship on the Digital Archives and Marginalized Communities Project (DAMC) at Mamawipawin. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Information and a collaborative masters degree (MISt) in Information Studies and Gender and Equity Studies, both from the University of Toronto. Danielle's scholarly pursuits fall at the intersection of culture, information (its usages, representations, and institutions), and the role of information in the promotion of a more ethical and socially just world. Her interests include: information practices of marginalized communities; critical information studies; archives and social justice; community and activist archives; and the inclusion of marginalized communities, cultural heritage, and knowledge domains in digital and real-world information institutions. Danielle's postdoctoral research considers how digital information systems and archival platforms can be used to create activist participatory archives that challenge violent, colonizing, and stigmatizing representations of Indigenous peoples - especially women and girls - and of sex work activists. Danielle's doctoral research, entitled "Living 'Here' and 'There': Exploring the Transnational Information Practices of Newcomers from the Philippines to Winnipeg" examines how new immigrants from the Philippines to Winnipeg, arriving through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), identify, use, an share information during the migration process and upon arrival to Canada. Her study demonstrates the fluidity of individuals' relationship to information and the knowledge(s) it produces, as well as the complex role that sociocultural contexts plays in shaping people's access to and understanding of information both before migration and upon arrival to Canada.

Micheline Hughes   Micheline Hughes is from the east coast of Canada and is a member of the Cape Sable Island Wampanoag of the Sou'West Nova Métis Council. She is a PhD student in the Native Studies Department and is interested in the history of the Mi’kmaq nation, their relationships with missionaries, and the roles of religion and narrative.




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