The Governing Circle ensures Indigenous control over the materials held by the NCTR. It provides guidance on the centre’s policies, priorities and activities, on ceremonies and protocols, on methods and sources for expanding the Centre’s holdings and resources, and on prospective partners.
Three members of the Governing Circle represent Survivors, their families or ancestors (one First Nation, one Inuit, and one Metis). Two represent the University of Manitoba, and two represent other NCTR partner organizations.
Members of the Governing Circle serve two-year terms.
At all times, at least four members of the Governing Circle must identify as Aboriginal.
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 the 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.
Andrew Carrier started his career with the Government of Manitoba in 1987 and is currently serving Manitoba Housing and Community Development. A Survivor of a Catholic boarding school, he has over 30 years of volunteer experience within Métis, First Nation and Persons with Disability non-profit organizations such as the Indian Métis Friendship Centre, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Manitoba Métis Federation and the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute.
Mr. Carrier’s accomplishments include: presenting at the United Nations in 2006 on Métis history and culture and on current challenges facing Métis in Manitoba; serving as official spokesperson in 2013 to French Canada on the Manitoba Métis Federation Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on the 1867 Métis Land Claims; serving as Minister responsible for Michif Languages, Métis Residential and Day School Survivors, Riel House and Co-Minister for Justice; and serving as Master of Ceremonies in 2013 at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Windtoek, Namibia, Africa.
|Dr. Catherine Cook
Dr. Catherine Cook received her medical education at the University of Manitoba (1987), and was certified in Family Medicine in 1989. In 2003, she completed her Master of Science through the Department of Community Health Sciences.
Dr. Cook has a joint role with the University of Manitoba as the Associate Dean, First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority as Vice-President of Population and Aboriginal Health.
She practiced as a family physician in remote nursing stations for several years before focusing on public health practice, and has held numerous positions in health and academic administration. Dr. Cook has been actively involved in mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students through the Center of Aboriginal Health Education. She is involved with research and is currently the Principle Investigator for the ACADRE/NEAHR programs. Actively engaged in board and committee membership throughout her career, Dr. Cook currently serves on several local and national boards and committees.
|Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh)
Grand Chief Edward John is a Hereditary Chief of Tl'azt'en Nation located on the banks of the Nak'al Bun (Stuart Lake) in northern BC. He is an Indigenous leader who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of social and economic justice for Canada’s Indigenous people, having worked as a leader in Indigenous politics, business and community development.
Chief John has been a lawyer for more than 30 years. He holds a B.A. from the University of Victoria, an LL.B from the University of British Columbia and Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria.
Chief John has served in many leadership roles at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Chief John is currently serving his tenth consecutive term on the First Nations Summit Task Group (political executive), which is mandated to carry out specific tasks related to Aboriginal Title and Rights negotiations with British Columbia and Canada and other issues of common concern to First Nations in British Columbia. He is a former Co-Chair of the North American Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus and participated in the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2007. He was recently re-appointed for a second three-year term as a North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (January 2014 – December 2016).
Gregory L. Juliano is the Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) at the University of Manitoba. A lawyer by profession, he oversees the human resource requirements of the institution’s 9000 faculty an staff, including those organized into six certified bargaining units and numerous non-certified employee groups. The operations of Human Resources include negotiations and administration of collective agreements, assisting with the recruitment, management and retention of staff, oversight of compensation and benefit programs, and provision of educational and advancement opportunities.
Throughout his career, Mr. Juliano has had a professional interest in human rights issues, and has been an active advocate for respect, diversity and equity issues both at the University and in the large community. He participated in the team that successfully bid to bring the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to the University, and led the negotiation of the associated agreements with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mr. Juliano has since been actively involved in the planning for the implementation of the NCTR at the University and with its partners.
|Inuit Representative: The NCTR is working closely with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to identify a replacement representative. Please contact the ITK offices if you wish to submit your name for consideration.|
|Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the Vice Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University. An intergenerational Survivor, she serves as a Status Only Asst. Professor at the Factor-Intwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, an Adjunct Asst. Professor at Carleton and Lakehead Universities, and a board member at Healthy Minds Canada.
An engaging media representative, Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux plays an active role in a variety of environmental and humanitarian initiatives across Canada. Her research and academic writing advance understanding of the continuing transmission of historical and intergenerational trauma primarily within the Aboriginal community. A member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, Ontario, she has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people.
Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and applied research initiatives. She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement, and co-founded and chairs the Canadian Roots Exchange program out of the University of Toronto.