Researcher Profiles

Amanda Burton (Paytahpun - "the coming dawn") is a Metis woman and is currently completing an MSW degree. In her role as a Research Assistant for the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work she is the Operations Manager for the Journal of Indigenous Social Development, the Conference Coordinator for the National Indigenous Social Work Conference, and is assisting Dr. Hart with several research projects. Her areas of interest include: Indigenous child welfare, arts-based research methods, and spirituality.

Lucy Fowler is a Métis woman from Winnipeg who is completing her Master of Education from Lakehead University with a focus on Indigenous Education. Her research focuses on contemporary expressions of Indigenous culture and identity exploration, and her thesis specifically examines the strengths and opportunities created for Métis youth through hip hop culture. Among the many hats she wears, Lucy is the Academic Advisor for the Master of Social Work Based in Indigenous Knowledges program, a member of the Red Rising Magazine collective and an avid beader.

Tabitha Martens is a mixed ancestry Cree woman and PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Work & Native Studies) at the University of Manitoba. Her area of focus is Indigenous food sovereignty and wellbeing. She spends much of her time on the land learning the ways of her people.

Tatiana Murray, M.S.W, R.S.W, Social Work Ph.D. Student is currently a Doctoral student within the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. She holds practice experience in both mental health and child welfare. Her research interests include exploring Indigenous perspectives and cross cultural approaches to mental health.

Gladys Rowe, B.S.W., M.S.W., Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Student is a Cree woman of mixed ancestry from Fox Lake Cree Nation, is currently completing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her work incorporates Indigenous research methodologies and expressive arts with women healing from trauma. Her research interests and experiences include: identity development, personal and ancestral stories and cultural practices as mechanisms for healing and decolonization, and wellbeing across the lifespan




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Don Robinson, R.S.W., M.S.W. is from Bunibonibee (Oxford House) First Nation, Manitoba. Don currently owns Inninew Consulting, a Cree business, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Over the past twenty-five years, Don has worked in the social work field in Manitoba and has traveled extensively to reserve communities throughout Manitoba and Canada delivering training workshops. He brings a unique cultural perspective on healing, inter-generational trauma, cross cultural awareness, family therapy work with Aboriginal families and training and learning, and the traditional ways of looking at life.


Kimberly Hart, B.S.W., M.S.W, is a Cree woman and member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Manitoba. She has completed her Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) at the University of Manitoba. Guided by Manitoba First Nations traditional values, practice, and research protocol, her M.S.W. thesis research addresses the aspects of healing and trauma with urban First Nations women of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is currently the Senior Lead Indigenous Health Student Affairs with the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education at the University of Manitoba.


Marlyn Bennett, BA, MA, Ph.D. is a member of Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation in Manitoba, Marlyn has worked in the field of child welfare as a researcher for over 17 years. She is currently an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student. Her doctoral studies focuses on the transition toward adulthood by First Nations youth leaving First Nations child welfare care in southern Manitoba. Marlyn received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from SSHRC and was awarded the 2011 Qualitative Research Group award for community-based research by the University of Manitoba's Qualitative Research Group. Marlyn is currently Assistant Professor in the new Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges program at the University of Manitoba.

Marlyn was the founding creator of the First Peoples Child & Family Review online journal. The First Peoples Child & Family Review journal is a blind peer reviewed journal governed by a volunteer board made up of Indigenous scholars and allies from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Marlyn served as the editor-in-chief, coordinating editor-in-chief, the copy editor, and the graphic designer of the journal from 2003-2013. In this capacity, Marlyn liaised with community and academic experts across the world, who assisted in reviewing article submissions to the First Peoples journal. Marlyn has assisted many people in writing and preparing manuscripts for publication in this journal.

Marlyn's many professional interests include missing children and the sexual exploitation of children. She has served on the boards of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Beyond Borders. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Animikii Ozoson Child and Family Services and is a board member with Sandy Bay Child and Family Services. Marlyn has also served in the past (2010-2013) as the President of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba.