Faculty and Staff


Dr. Niigaan Sinclair

Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Associate Professor
Acting Department Head
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

Dr. Cary Miller

Dr. Cary Miller, Associate Professor
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.
213 Isbister



  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.
205A Isbister Building

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. 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.
227 St. John's College
Mylène Gamache

Dr. Mylène GamacheAssistant Professor
Native Studies & Women's and Gender Studies
Ph.D. School of English (University of Kent, Canterbury UK)
MA Women and Gender Studies Institute (University of Toronto)
BA Double Honours in Philosophy & Women's and Gender Studies (University of Manitoba)
Of mixed French and Métis ancestry, Dr. Mylène Gamache's work is committed to the decolonizing potential of dream-work and contemporary feminine storytelling. Her doctoral work attempts to read 'non-cononical' texts in ways which deliberately fail to settle on a fixed meaning or secure immediate understanding. She is presently inspired by both Indigenous and new materialist feminist approaches which incite, in their various forms, communal acts of witnessing, identifying, and confronting agents of ecological devastations and Indigenous dispossession. Future research work involves assessing how a range of feminine texts write over or beyond settler-sanctioned forms of recognition and reconciliation.
223 Isbister Building


Merissa Daborn

Merissa Daborn, Assistant Professor
PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
Merissa is a white settler scholar who researches in the area of health, nutrition, and food security policy. Her doctoral research considers how policy approaches to Indigenous food insecurity perpetuate healthism (the self-regulation of health behaviours) rather than addressing the everyday structural and material conditions food insecure Indigenous people must navigate — including racism, securitization, and networks of colonial biopower. 
Merissa has an ongoing research project with community members in Kugaaruk, Nunavut on Inuit food sharing, food insecurity, and federal food policy. 
She is also particularly interested in supporting and theorizing community capacities that utilize community economic development and technology in the areas of Indigenous food sovereignty and food security. 
Merissa is a research member of the Indigenous STS Lab in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and editorial assistant at aboriginal policy studies. She is dedicated to research in the areas of critical Indigenous theory, urban Indigenous policy, and Indigenous STS (science, technology, and society). 
210 Isbister Building


David Parent

David Parent, Assistant Professor
Graduate Program Director / Graduate Chair
PhD Candidate, University of Alberta
MA, University of Alberta
BA, University of Victoria
David joined the University of Manitoba in January 2020 and is cross appointed between the Departments of Native Studies and History. David’s immediate research concerns 20th century Metis history and society and Metis politics with a current research project in Manitoba’s Interlake that tracks how his family, the Monkmans from Minnewakin, were dispossessed of their lands during the postwar era. Trained in Indigenous Studies, David also has a significant interest in the ongoing development of critical Indigenous theory and the use of technological devices like drones, cellphones, and virtual reality for undertaking Indigenous studies research. 
209 Isbister Building



Sean Carleton, Assistant Professor



Pat Ningewance Nadeau, Assistant Professor



 Sessional Instructors:









Ken Paupanekis, klpaup@shaw.ca
204A Isbister Building
204-474-1902 or 204-269-0719

Heather Souter, Heather.Souter@umanitoba.ca


Administrative Staff:

Brittany Bowman
Administrative Assistant
212 Isbister Building

Alison Skopalek
Graduate Program Assistant
215 Isbister Building

Kimberley Wilde
Project Coordinator
Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA)
205B Isbister Building

General Office Fax: 204-474-7657
General Office Phone: 204-474-9899
General Office Email: Native_Studies@umanitoba.ca


Affiliated Faculty:

Jaime Cidro, Adjunct Professor (External)

Aimee Craft, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Julie Pelletier, Adjunct Professor (External)

B. Dyck, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Sherry Farrell-Racette, Adjunct Professor (External)

Shawna Ferris, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

J. Lavoie, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Jeremy Patzer, Adjunct Professor (Internal)

Frank Tester, Adjunct Professor (External)

Edward Valandra, Sessional Instructor/Adjunct Professor