Department heads and chairs

Administrative Staff

  • General office contact information

    Department of Indigenous Studies
    Room 215 Isbister Building
    183 Dafoe Road
    University of Manitoba (Fort Gary campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

    General office: 204-474-9266
    Toll free (within Manitoba): (800) 432-1960
    Fax: 204-474-7657

Academic Faculty

Sessional instructors

Other professorial staff


Other academic faculty

Professor Emeritus

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Masters' students

Dennis Anderson

Caden Colegrove
Queer Indigenous storytelling. The analysis and discussion of storytelling as a way of finding a place of belonging. Additionally, in reading Indigenous stories with a queer lens, following the thought that Indigiqueer folks have always existed, and in reclaiming Indigenous identity, we also need to reclaim queer identity.

Ashley Daniels

Ally Freedman
Treaties and treaty constitutionalism, necro-politics, the interrelationships between land and body sovereignty.

Lydia Gork

Mona Kines
Historic Metis experience of space and place within the Metis Homeland.

Angelina McLeod

Jamie Nienhuysen

Caitlin Richard

Nicole Stonyk
Classically trained pianist/musician; “decolonizing” Western musical performance within themes of possessive logics, Indigenous relationality, language and aesthetics.

Meghan Young

PhD students

Hope Ace
Treaties and treaty constitutionalism, necro-politics, the interrelationships between land and body sovereignty.

Brielle Beaudin-Reimer
Governance of Métis knowledge production.

Jason Bone
Miish'akomoo: Sasquatch

James Chalmers
Gii-waawiindamawaawag Anishinaabeg (The Anishinaabeg were promised it): Examining Treaties through Anishinaabemowin

Darren Courchene

Robert Hamilton

Sarah Hourie
The history of Métis people's mobility and housing, as well as the structures that housed or displaced Métis families. Examining how this history translates into modern-day policy making by local, provincial and national governments.

Adrienne Huard
Two-Spirit critiques, erotics and aesthetics. Performance as epistemologies.

Micheline Hughes

Leona Huntinghawk
Indigenous masculinities as related to child welfare (fatherhood and the CFS system).

Carla Kennedy

Timothy Maton
Settler colonialism at Portage and Main: Past and present.

Carmen Miedema

Shauna Mulligan
Indigenous history in the military. Oral testimonies of Cree, Dene and Inuit Rangers.

Pahan Pte San Win

Stephanie Sinclair

Shirley Thompson

Tammy Wolfe
Working closely with the MMIWG2S community to explore methods of healing.

Postdoctoral fellow

Patrizia Zanella

Patrizia indizhinikaaz zhaaganaashiimong. Gaawiin indanishinaabewinikaazosiin, gaawiin indoodoodemisiin. Wajiwing iwidi agaamakiing (Switzerland) indoonjii. Niminwendam ayaayaan ji-gagwe-nitaa-anishinaabemoyaan. Nimiigwechiwi’aag gekinoo’amaagejig Pat Ningewance, Ken Paupanekis miinawaa gaye Manidoo-bines James Chalmers.

As a visiting settler scholar from the Swiss Alps, I am thankful to be on Treaty One Territory, the current and ancestral home of the Anishinaabe, Nehiyaw, Dakota, and Déne Nations as well as the birthplace of the Métis Nation. The late Anishinaabe writer Basil Johnston called on scholars of Indigenous literatures to study Indigenous languages and I specifically chose the University of Manitoba to continue learning Anishinaabemowin and spend time with Ininímowin and Michif. I am deeply grateful to be in wínipék during such an exciting time for Indigenous language reclamation. Chi-miigwech to my teachers and fellow language learners for sharing their love for Indigenous languages. 

While I have always considered it vital to learn the language(s) of the places I visit, I am also aware of historical and ongoing linguicidal policies that complicate this process when it comes to reawakening Indigenous languages. As a settler scholar, I recognize that my access to Indigenous languages through higher education is not innocuous and that this privilege comes with responsibilities. I consider language a gift that calls for a reciprocal relationship and the responsibility to advocate for language revitalization. My PostDoctoral project examines how Indigenous language reclamations through literature and art celebrate and participate in adaptive traditions of Indigenous multilingualism; affirm Indigenous presence, sovereignty, and mobility; and reclaim the city as an Indigenous place. I look forward to learning from the rich scholarly and Indigenous language communities present at the University of Manitoba and in wínipék.