Faculty and Staff


Dr Cary Miller, Head of Department

Dr. Cary Miller, Associate Professor
Department Head - July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022
Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2004
Dr. 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 Lakes Region.
204C Isbister

Dr Niigaan Sinclair

Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of British Columbia 2013
Dr. Sinclair has been with the department since 2012, researching a variety of topics including Indigenous literature, graphic novels, and masculinities. He is a regular commentator on CBC, CTV, and APTN regarding current Indigenous issues and recently, testified at the Clean Environment Commission of Manitoba hearings on the Keeyask Generating Station and Bipole III transmission line. An activist as well as a writer, he has helped organize Idle No More Winnipeg events and has co-edited three award-winning collections: Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories, Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, and The Winter We Danced: Voices of the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement.
204E Isbister Building

Dallas Hunt Dallas Hunt, Lecturer
Ph.D. Candidate, University of British Columbia
Dallas is Cree and a member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia and he holds an MA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and a BA (Hons.) from the Department of English at the University of Alberta. He has had creative and critical work published in The Fieldstone Review, Decolonization: Indigeneity Education & Society, and Settler Colonial Studies. His work looks at the intersections of Indigenous studies, urban studies and Indigenous literature.
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  Dr. Peter Kulchyski

Dr. Peter Kulchyski, Professor
Ph.D. York 1988
Dr. Kulchyski joined the Department of Native Studies in 2000.  His research interests include Aboriginal cultural politics, political development in the Canadian Arctic, land claims and self-government, and political performance art.  Recently, Dr. Kulchyski has published a book, titled Aboriginal Rights Are Not Human Rights: In Defence of Indigenous Struggles, has worked as an intervener in the Clean Environment Commission hearings on the Keeyask Generating Station, and is co-director of the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas.
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Dr. Emma LaRocque, Professor
Ph.D. University of Manitoba 1999
Dr. LaRocque’s interests include colonization and decolonization, Indigenous-White relations, Aboriginal resistance in literature, identity, and many other fields related to Indigenous representation. Dr. LaRocque is the department’s longest serving faculty member and has been with the department since 1976. A poet and writer, Dr. LaRocque has created or redesigned many of our core courses (such as on Native Women) and is the author of two books: Defeathering The Indian and When the Other Is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850-1990, as well numerous academic articles or chapters. In 2005 Dr. LaRocque received an Aboriginal Achievement Award for education.
539 Fletcher Argue Building
Dr. Fred Shore, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Manitoba 1991
Dr. Shore’s experiences and research areas are vast but primarily include Métis history and political issues of Indigenous people throughout Canada. He is our second longest serving faculty member and has been with the department since 1985. He is now half-time and teaches mostly undergraduate courses. Dr. Shore is also nearing completion of a book, titled Threads in the Sash: The Story of the Métis People.
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Gina Starblanket Gina Starblanket, Lecturer (Cross appointed with Women's and Gender Studies)
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Victoria
Research interests: Intersections between Indigenous politics, Indigenous legal issues, Indigenous research methods, Indigenous critical theories, Indigenous-State relations, Indigenous feminisms, postcolonial theory, and identity politics.
369 University College
Dr. Chris Trott, Warden and Vice-Chancellor St. John's College, Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Toronto 1989
Dr. Trott has been with the department since 1998.  Currently, he is the Warden and Vice-Chancellor of St. John’s College at the university.  His research interests include Inuit kinship and social organization, religious change in the Eastern Arctic, and Inuit perception of climate change.  Recently, he has been working with the “Inuit Family Tree” project to help young Inuit from Igloolik understand their family histories and the areas their ancestors used.
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 Wanda Wuttunee

Dr. Wanda Wuttunee, Professor
Graduate Program Director - July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Ph.D. University of Manitoba 2001
Dr. Wuttunee’s research interests include Aboriginal economy, community economic development, social responsibility, and participatory research methodologies.  Currently she is co-editing a book on Indigenous economic tenacity. She is a past co-chair of the Poverty Reduction Research Project through her work with Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her graduate students have addressed a variety of topics including self-determination in health, governance models in the Metis Nation, healthy urban Indigenous communities, community-owned eco-tourism and Indigenous women and the role of language in sustainable management systems.
204B Isbister Building

Post Doctoral Fellow 
Isabelle St. Amand Dr. Isabelle St-Amand, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Literature, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2012
M.A. Individualized Program, Concordia University, 2004
B.A. Specialization in Translation, Concordia University, 2001

Affiliated Faculty:

Robin Jarvis Brownlie, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Kathleen Buddle, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Jean Friesen, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Kiera Ladner, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Julie Pelletier, Adjunct Professor (External)

Aimee Craft, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Jaime Cidro, Adjunct Professor (External)

Marlene Pierre, Adjunct Professor (External)

Edward Valandra, Sessional Instructor/Adjunct Professor

Ken Paupanekis, Sessional Cree Language Instructor

Pat Ningewance Nadeau, Sessional Ojibway Language Instructor


Sessional Instructors:












Administrative Staff:


Brittany Bowman, Adminstrative Assistant
204D Isbister Building

Donna Anderson, Graduate Program Assistant
204 Isbister Building

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