Affiliates & Researchers

Faculty Partners

  Kiera L. Ladner is Canada Research Chair in Miyo we'citowin, Indigenous Governance and Digital Sovereignties, and Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, as well as former Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Politics and Governance. Her research focuses on Indigenous Politics and Governance; Digital Sovereignties and Archiving (MMIW, PARSD, and CLIP); gender (diversities); women and governance; and resurgence (in terms of both women and youth). Dr. Ladner’s publications include This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years Since the Blockades (Arbeiter Ring Press) co-edited with Leanne Simpson, and Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal co-authored with Myra J. Tait, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a wide variety of topics. Currently, Dr. Ladner is working on projects with Dr. Shawna Ferris on a community centred digital archive project which is compiling three archives (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls database, Post-Apology Indian Residential Schools Database, the Sex Work Database). She is also working on project on including the comparative constitutional law and Indigenous peoples project (CLIP project), a digital sovereignties and a comparative treaty project focussing on Anglo-settler societies.  
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.

Research Affiliates

Dr. Danielle Allard   Danielle Allard is Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. Dr. Allard previously held 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 master’s 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 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.
Dr Real Carriere  

Réal Carrière is Nehinuw (Cree) from Cumberland House, Saskatchewan.  He grew up on the land, home-schooled, no road access, running water, or electricity.  His research focus on Indigenous political theories and practices, specifically of the Nehinuwak people.  He has presented at many conferences around the world and has extensive teaching experience.  He previously held positions at the University of Saskatchewan in Political and Indigenous Studies.  He is currently working on a project to develop new, innovative and culturally responsive curriculum for the Department of Political Studies.  Additional, he will be continuing his research on Nehinuwak political theories and practices.

Dr Michael McCrossan   Michael McCrossan served as a Postdoctoral Fellow from 2013-2015 with the Comparative Indigenous Constitutional Law and Politics Project at Mamawipawin. He is currently a limited term Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) where he teaches courses in the areas of Canadian and Indigenous constitutional politics. His research explores the interrelationship between the courts, governments and policy change, as well as differing conceptions of Indigenous legal systems, jurisdictions, and understandings of territory in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dr Jeremy Patzer   Jeremy Patzer is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. He is Métis, Saulteaux, and German. His research interests lie in Indigenous rights (particularly in settler state courts), the forms of legal-historical resolution and repair employed by settler states in the wake of colonial dispossession, transitional justice, as well as the sociology of law and contemporary theory. His doctoral research examined the development of case law concerning treaty rights, Aboriginal rights, and Aboriginal title in Canada, arguing that contemporary Aboriginal law is largely the result of the Supreme Court of Canada’s efforts to reconcile a compromising history of colonial dispossession, but that the new forms of justice offered to Indigenous peoples are also thoroughly measured and oriented toward reducing risk to the settler state. Jeremy’s current research is also extending into international and comparative examinations of Indigenous rights in settler state courts.
 Prof Adele Perry   Adele Perry, FRSC, is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Manitoba, where she has taught since 2000.  She is jointly appointed in the Department of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, and is also a Senior Fellow at St. John’s College, and the current president of the Canadian Historical Association.  Perry grew up in a settler family in British Columbia, and has written about histories of colonialism in nineteenth and twentieth-century North America, western Canada, and histories of women and gender in Canada.  She is the author of On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 18549-1871 (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2001),  Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Making of the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2015) and, more recently, Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories we Remember (Winnipeg, ARP, 2016) and as a co-author of Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City (Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Press, 2018).  You can follow her on twitter at @AdelePerry.
Susan Prentice   Susan Prentice is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. Her main research program focusses on questions of social reproduction, specializing in historical and contemporary childcare and family policy. Working in  feminist, intersectional, and political economy traditions, she explores Canada’s care crisis and care deficit, tracking how and why public policy and market forces continue to devalue and increasingly privatize care work, failing tests of gender and generational equity. Prentice works closely with social movements on knowledge mobilization and public education, in campaigns for better policy and services. Given the TRC’s calls for action on the importance of culturally appropriate early childhood education programs, she is particularly keen to help build culturally respectful, safe and inclusive, and fairly-funded childcare and related family services for Indigenous women, children and communities.
Dr. Janice Ristock   Janice Ristock, FRSC, is Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Provost and Vice President (Academic).
Her scholarly work reflects an overarching focus on community well-being and social justice, with a particular focus on the intersecting areas of gender and sexuality.
Erin Tolley   Erin Tolley is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on socio-demographic diversity and politics in Canada. She is the author of Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics, which was awarded the 2017 Donald Smiley Prize. Erin is currently working on a book that examines race, gender and electoral politics in Canada. With collaborators she is also engaged in studies on ethnicity, gender and campaign donations; how district characteristics influence representational diversity; and the effects of inflammatory rhetoric on the political participation of minority groups. Erin’s research includes a focus on diversity in the discipline of political science and, alongside Kiera Ladner, she is analyzing how Canadian politics textbooks portray Indigenous peoples and issues. Originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Erin worked in the federal civil service prior to completing her PhD at Queen’s University.  
Dr Lorna Turnbull   Lorna A. Turnbull is a community activist, a mother of three, and a professor and former Dean in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba.  Her teaching subjects include Income Tax Law and Policy, Children, Youth and the Law, Human Rights, Family Law, Legal Systems and Legal Methods and she occasionally teaches in French.  Her research is focused on the work of care, its importance to carers and those who depend on the care, and how legal frameworks support or fail these important relationships.  She examines these questions through the lens of Canada’s constitutional guarantees and international obligations.  She is the holder of several grants (from SSHRC, CIHR, PRA, the Province of Manitoba, Justice Canada) that support projects looking at the leading court decisions regarding motherwork and equality, the overlap between children in the child welfare system and youth in the criminal justice system, the impacts of domestic violence on children’s wellbeing, and economic supports for caregivers.  She is also concerned with economic inequality affecting indigenous families and communities, and women and children.  Currently, she is a visiting professor at Glasgow Caledonian University in the WiSE Centre for Economic Justice in Scotland. She is the author of Double Jeopardy: Motherwork and the Law (2001) and has two new books in progress.  
Dr Lori Wilkinson   Lori Wilkinson is in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba. Part of her research agenda focuses on studying the academic successes of Indigenous students in universities and post-secondary education. She is also committed to incorporating Indigenous perspectives into university curriculum and has held several SSHRC and other grants with colleagues on campus which have helped develop a community of practice. She is actively committed to bringing research to the community and to meet this goal, she volunteers with several organizations that focus on anti-racism and settlement initiatives in Manitoba and across the country. Her efforts in research, teaching and service work have been recognized recently. In 2017, she won the Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba and the Fellow of the Year for St John’s College.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mariam Georgis   Mariam Georgis is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Studies and Mamawipawin: Centre for Indigenous Governance and Community Based Research at the University of Manitoba. Originally an Assyrian Indigenous to what is today known as Iraq, she grew up on Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee territory. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, an MA and Hon. BA in Political Science from McMaster University.
Her doctoral research explored the links between colonial intervention and violence in the international system, occupation and nation-building in post-2003 Iraq. Prior to undertaking her doctoral studies, Dr. Georgis worked as a settlement counsellor with Iraqi refugees displaced by the 2003 Anglo-American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Her work focuses on decolonial/postcolonial approaches to global politics, critical security studies, race and Indigeneity, colonial modernity, violence and nation building, and Middle East politics with a focus on Indigenous politics. Her current project, Assyrians: the remnants of colonial modernity in Iraq? offers a decolonial perspective on state-building and disrupts prevailing state-centric understandings of national self-determination and sovereignty, focusing on the north of Iraq.
She is the co-author of “Violence on Iraqi bodies: decolonising economic sanctions in security studies” in Third World Quarterly and “(Re)inserting Race and Indigeneity and International Relations Theory: A Postcolonial Approach” in Global Change, Peace & Security. She has also contributed a chapter, “Nation and Identity Construction in Modern Iraq: (Re)inserting the Assyrians,” to an edited volume, Unsettling Colonial Modernity in Islamicate Contexts.

Doctoral Research Affiliates

Carmen Miedema   Carmen Miedema is a Nehiyaw woman and mother of four from the Peepeekisis Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Carmen has worked for the last two years as a student research assistant at the NCTR, concentrating predominantly on the care of the Centre’s material object collections. Carmen holds a B.A. (Hons) in History and Anthropology from Brandon University; she is currently finishing her M.A. in Archival Studies at the University of Manitoba, and is entering into her Ph.D. program through the Native Studies department at the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2019. Her master’s thesis looks at the need for settler archives to build relationships with Indigenous communities, and how relationships have the potential to benefit not only the archives but also more importantly, the communities.
  Meagan Cloutier is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary, studying gender and politics. She has completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, with a focus in Indigenous governance and Canadian politics and her Master of Arts at the University of Calgary. Meagan has been a member of the Mamawipawin research team since 2015, conducting research related to the constitutional recognition and treaty process developments in Australia.
Marcus Closen   Marcus Closen is a PhD Student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He recently completed his master’s degree in political studies at the University of Manitoba, with a thesis entitled Unelected Upper Chambers in Commonwealth Parliaments. His research at the University of Toronto explores representation through constitutions and political institutions within the contexts of Canadian and comparative politics. He has been with Mamawipawin since 2018, and has engaged in research across several projects as well as fieldwork in Australia. Prior to joining Mamawipawin, Marcus worked in the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office as communications support staff.


Roxana Akhmetova  

Roxana Akhmetova completed her master’s degree in Political Studies in 2019 under the supervision of Dr. Kiera Ladner. Roxana’s master’s thesis focused on the role of recent newcomers to Canada in the reconciliation movement and on newcomer education about Indigenous peoples, their cultures, and histories. Roxana’s academic interests include exploring how newcomers to Canada can be better educated about Indigenous peoples and the reconciliation movement, as well as irregular migration across the Canada-U.S. border. In October 2019, Roxana will pursue M.Sc. in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford.

 Micheline Hughes  

Micheline Hughes is a member of the Cape Sable Island Wampanoag of the Sou'West Nova Métis Council. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Native Studies and a Research Fellow at St. John’s College. She has been a Research Assistant at Mamawipawin since 2015. Her doctoral work focuses on the power of stories and Mi’kmaw Catholicism.

Alannah McKay   Alannah Mckay is an AnishinaabeKwe & Ininiwi Iskwew from Berens River Manitoba and Muskrat Dam Ontario, raised in Treaty 1 territory. Alannah is pursuing an advanced undergraduate degree majoring in Native Studies, minoring in Sociology and Criminology.
 Dane Monkman   Dane Monkman (Giizhebaabi Migizii) is a Cree and Anishinaabe individual and member of Peguis First Nation who was raised in the Canadian north on the Great Slave Lake and the lands of the Deh Cho Dene peoples. He is currently entering a Master of Arts program at the University of Manitoba in the department of Political Studies in the area of Indigenous governance and Treaties. He has been a member of Mamawipawin since 2018.




Administrative Support

 Kyla Shead   Kyla Shead provides administrative support to Mamawipawin and the work of the Canada Research Chair in Miyo we'citowin, Indigenous Governance and Digital Sovereignties. Kyla also works in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Labour Studies programs in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba.