Meet the Staff
 

Ry Moran - Director

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 Metis Nation.

 

Raymond Frogner - Director of Archives

Raymond Frogner was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia. He received a Master of Arts degree in Labour History from the University of Victoria and a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He also spent a year at the Université Laval pursuing his bachelor’s degree.  He was Private Records Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta from 2000 to 2001 and then Archivist for the digital animation studio Mainframe Entertainment in Vancouver (currently Rainmaker Entertainment). He was the Associate Archivist for Private Records at the University of Alberta (UofA) Archives, where he was responsible for the Private Records Programme, from 2001 – 2011. In 2011 he took a position as Private Records Archivist at the Royal BC Museum (RBCM). He was hired as the Director of Archives for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in May 2016.  

Raymond’s graduate work focussed on archives and aboriginal identity.  He taught a course for the UofA’s School of Library and Information Studies Program on Archives and Aboriginal records and has taught a similar workshop for the Yukon Territories Archives Association. In 2015 he was a guest lecturer at the UBC Master of Archival Studies programme. In his presentations, research, and writing Raymond has focused on Aboriginal societies, memory, and the archival mission. His 2011 article “Innocent Legal Fictions: Archival Convention and the North Saanich Treaty of 1852,” published in the Canadian archival journal Archivaria, won the W. Kaye Lamb Prize and the Alan D. Ridge Award of Merit. In 2016 his Archivaria article “Lord, Save Us from the Et Cetera of the Notary”: Archival Appraisal, Local Custom, and Colonial Law” won the W. Kaye Lambe Award. He has also published three entries (“Selection,” “Disposition,” and “Transfer” [co-authored]) in the Encyclopedia of Archival Science (Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks editors, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
  
Raymond is the Director of Archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. He continues to research and publish on archival issues with a focus on Aboriginal societies, identity and memory.

 

Stephanie Scott - Director of Operations

Stephanie Scott joins us as the Director of Operations with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) with over 15 years of experience in program management and as a business owner. While working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) she was the Statement Gathering Manager who assisted in gathering nearly 7,000 audio/video recorded statements with the TRC. Prior to joining the NCTR she was the Executive Assistant to Justice Murray Sinclair. Stephanie is a proud Anishinabe, mother, and grandmother. 

 

Charlene Bearhead - Education Lead

Charlene Bearhead is the Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.  She previously served as the National Coordinator for Project of Heart and coordinated the Education Days within the National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the primary goal of which was to inspire teachers and students to further educate themselves as well as to support and facilitate the building of positive and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.
 
Bearhead also served as the National Coordinator for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation at Native Counselling Services of Alberta.  She was the curriculum writer for the education program Sacred Relationship with Water with BearPaw Media Productions and the Whanau Ora Training Modules for Nga Manga Puriri in New Zealand.
 
Bearhead is an experienced educator and educational events coordinator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience in the field.  Charlene has served as a teacher, principal, education director and superintendent, both on and off reserve, over the years and holds permanent professional teaching certificates from both Alberta and Manitoba.  

 

Anne Lindsay - Access and Research Archivist

As Access and Research Archivist for the NCTR, Anne is responsible for understanding the significance of the records within the Centre’s collection and the relationships between them.  She also supervises a small archival team, mostly from the University of Manitoba’s Archival Studies program, who are helping to arrange the NCTR collection so it can be easily accessed by Survivors, researchers and the public.

Anne was an archivist with the TRC of Canada (TRC) before joining the NCTR staff. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she has had a life-long interest in the relationships between Indigenous peoples and those who came to Canada as settlers.

Preserving the records that document the history of those relationships and encouraging people to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the future “is an extremely important part of restoring the balance between Indigenous people and peoples and settlers,” Anne says. “Reconciliation is about balance.”

 

Jesse Boiteau - Digital Archival Assistant

Jesse is near completion of his thesis on the establishment of the NCTR and the notion of archival decolonization, with an emphasis on the themes of trust, transparency, and participation. He plans to graduate from the U of M’s Archival Studies program in late 2016. A member of the Métis Nation, Jesse lived in several Manitoba communities before moving to Winnipeg to begin high school. He loves “the energy and feeling around the U of M. It’s a happening place in terms of archives, very forward thinking.” 
 
At the NCTR, Jesse will continue working on the digital archives as well as assisting in the ongoing establishment of the NCTR's database and digital preservation standards to facilitate access to records through the NCTR's website.  At home, he enjoys interior design and home renovations with his wife Stéphanie, and long walks on the beach with his dog, Finnegan.

 

Jarad Buckwold - Digital Archival Assistant

Jarad graduated in 2016 with a Master of Arts from the University of Manitoba.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in honours history, also from the U of M.  Jarad began working for the NCTR in June of 2014, and fell in love with the work he and his colleagues were doing, particularly the ways in which this work will help heal Residential School Survivors and their families. 

Jarad primarily works with accessing and maintaining the NCTR’s digital records, as well as the descriptions and archival structure that helps users find and interpret those records.

 

Nicole Courrier - Research and Access Archival Assistant

Nicole is a Métis student in the University of Manitoba’s Archival Studies program, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She plans to graduate in 2016. She has had the opportunity to attend both the TRC's Alberta National Event in Edmonton and the TRC's Closing Event in Ottawa. After completing an internship at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh, she began working at the NCTR in September 2014. Since then she has been involved in outreach, processing digital records in preparation for the launch of the NCTR database, and the physical transfer of records from the TRC offices to the NCTR.

 

Petra Turcotte - Archival Assistant

Petra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, focusing on Canadian and Indigenous History.  She is currently in her second year in the U of M’s M.A. program in archival studies and plans to graduate in 2017.  Petra is writing her thesis on the relationship between Indigenous Art and Archives and whereby working at the NCTR has highlighted many interesting themes and complex ideas about that relationship.

Petra completed her internship at the NCTR in July of 2015, and attended the TRC’s Closing Event in Ottawa.  She now continues to work at the NCTR and is processing TRC records to prepare them for move to their new location, and will continue on to help preserve all records and make them as accessible as possible.

 

Graham Constant - Audio Visual Technician

As the Audio Visual Technician, Graham works full-time to edit the video from public statement gathering events such as sharing panels and circles, as well as promotional and educational video projects affiliated with the NCTR. He has been working with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) since August 2012 until it’s closing in November 2015 before joining the NCTR. Graham has viewed and listened to roughly 3000 public Survivor statements and is no stranger to the history and treatment of Canadian Aboriginals.

Graham is a member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation but moved to Winnipeg to pursue post-secondary education. After graduating Red River College with a diploma in Digital Multimedia Technology, he went on to gain experience working with the city of Winnipeg as a web intern under their Aboriginal Youth Strategy (Oshke Annishinabe Nigaaniwak), which also lead him to become the Marketing Director for Canada’s largest fire truck manufacturer. As a freelance designer, Graham has extensive experience with a variety of Aboriginal businesses and organizations creating and coordinating various digital media projects such as websites, logos, posters, photography and video. Outside of the Centre, you can find Graham rolling around The Forks skateboard plaza, working on videos, performing demonstrations and events with his sponsors, designing and consulting, traveling, or working on music projects with his friends.

 

Jessica Nichol - Archival Assistant 

Jessica is studying Archival Studies at the University of Manitoba and plans to graduate in 2016. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in History from the same institution. Before joining the NCTR team in December 2015, she worked at Library and Archives Canada, both in Winnipeg and Ottawa.  In Winnipeg, she had the opportunity to coordinate with the History Group on the Document Disclosure Project for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.  Now at the NCTR, she is helping to process and describe records to increase their visibility and accessibility.

Kaila Johnston - Research Coordinator

Kaila Johnston is a Cree woman born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has completed a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg as well as a M.Sc. in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Previous to her position at the NCTR, Kaila was a former statement gatherer and equipment coordinator for the TRC of Canada. As the Community Engagement Coordinator for the NCTR, Kaila assisted in the coordination of the community engagements with her colleague with a focus on completing a written report for each one. In the near future Kaila will also be working closely with the research team on upcoming projects developed by the NCTR.

 

Tina Munroe - Administrative Assistant

Tina joins the Centre with experience providing strong administrative support in Aboriginal education and Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs. Raised in Ontario, Tina is an Anishinaabe kwe with maternal ties to Greenbush SK and Birch River MB and is proud to be back in the prairies - occupying the traditional lands of her and her husband’s people.

Justina McKay - Administrative Assistant
Wiibidesh Kinaa Ikwe (Hollow Horn Woman)

From the Bear Clan, with the Buffalo as Spirit Guides, and Sabaa as her Protector, Justina is a recent graduate from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Native Studies, and a Minor in Environmental Studies.

Originally from Pine Creek First Nation (Minaago Ziibing), Justina is now registered with Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan. She carries many gifts and abilities with the Traditional crafts and beadwork, and has five grown children, with 15 grandchildren. She has focused her studies in learning the Treaties, Traditional Land, and original uses, and practices. She developed great learning skills, and learned many diverse teachings on the land and its’ uses that she applies to the traditional knowledge she carries, throughout her life.  Living Anishinaabe, and attending ceremony when she can is very important, and lives the Anishinaabe Teachings with help from the Seven Original teachings. She acknowledges the many Elders, Teachers, and Scholars whom have helped shaped the Ikwe she has become. A strong Anishinaabe Ikwe.

 

Karen Meelker - Access and Privacy Officer

Karen Meelker is the Access and Privacy Officer at the University of Manitoba's Access and Privacy Office. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Brandon University, and was recently a distinguished graduate of the University of Alberta's Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program, and awarded the Privasoft award for superior academic achievement in the program.

Prior to joining the University in 2011, Karen worked as a Senior Policy Analyst specializing in access to information issues for the Information and Privacy Policy Secretariat, Government of Manitoba.

 

 

Jeanette Mockford - Access and Privacy Coordinator

Jeanette completed a Master of Arts (Archival Studies) in 2013 from the University of Manitoba. Her experience in records spans work in university, private and civic archives, copyright, university records management and access and privacy. Most recently she is coordinating access and privacy of records gathered by the NCTR.