Neil Funk-Unrau

Assistant Professor, Conflict Resolution Studies (Menno Simons College)

Address: Suite 210-520 Portage Avenue
  Winnipeg, MB R3C 0G2
Phone: 204.953.3847                                                  
Fax: 204.783.3699

Dr. Neil Funk-Unrau holds a Master of Arts degree in Peace Studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries and a doctorate in Social Science from Syracuse University. The topic of his dissertation was interchurch advocacy and intervention in the Lubicon Cree land rights conflict in northern Alberta.  Before beginning doctoral studies, he worked as an Aboriginal rights researcher and educator for the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. Dr. Funk-Unrau has extensive experience in community and victim-offender mediation, including several years as a volunteer mediator and mediation trainer for Mediation Services in Winnipeg, and several years as a volunteer mediator and board member for Edmonton Victim-Offender Mediation Services.  He has taught with Menno Simons College since 2000, initially at Canadian Mennonite University and then moving to the University of Winnipeg in 2002.  He has served as program coordinator for Conflict Resolution Studies since 2005.

Ph.D. Social Sciences, Syracuse University; M.A.PS, Syracuse University; B.Sc., Syracuse University.

Areas of Specialization:
Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relations; Canadian residential school legacy; issues surrounding public apologies; restorative justice.

Recent Publications:
Funk-Unrau, N., & Snyder, A. (2007). Indian residential school survivors and state designed ADR: A strategy for cooptation? Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 24 (3), 285-304.

Funk-Unrau, N. (2005). Construction of relationship frames in the Aboriginal rights support movement: The articulation of solidarity with the Lubicon Cree of northern Canada. Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change, 26, 239-64.

Funk-Unrau, N. (2004). Potentials and problems of public apologies to Canadian Aboriginal peoples. Interaction 17 (1/2), 20-1.

Funk-Unrau, N. (2004). [Review of From violence to blessing by Vern Redekop]. Journal of Mennonite Studies, 22, 308-11.   

Funk-Unrau, N. (2004). Apology processes as conflict transformation: A new research agenda. Proceedings of the 2003 Symposium on Conflict Resolution.

Funk-Unrau, N. (2003). Solidarity at the Lubicon blockade: A case study of advocacy  intervention. Proceedings of the 2002 Symposium on Conflict Resolution.