Ry Moran: As the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), it is Ry Moran’s job to guide the creation of an enduring national treasure – a dynamic Indigenous archive built on integrity, trust and dignity. Ry came to the centre directly from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and others affected by the residential school system. He was also responsible for gathering the documentary history of the residential school system from more than 20 government departments and nearly 100 church archives – millions of records in all. Before joining the TRC, Ry was the founder and president of YellowTilt Productions, which delivered services in a variety of areas including Aboriginal language presentation and oral history. He has hosted internationally broadcast television programs, produced national cultural events, and written and produced original music for children’s television. Ry’s professional skills and creativity have earned him many awards, including a National Aboriginal Role Model Award, and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. Ry is a proud member of the Metis Nation.
Raymond Frogner: was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia. He received a Master of Arts degree in Labour History from the University of Victoria and a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He also spent a year at the Université Laval pursuing his bachelor’s degree. He was Private Records Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta from 2000 to 2001 and then Archivist for the digital animation studio Mainframe Entertainment in Vancouver (currently Rainmaker Entertainment). He was the Associate Archivist for Private Records at the University of Alberta (UofA) Archives, where he was responsible for the Private Records Programme, from 2001 – 2011. In 2011 he took a position as Private Records Archivist at the Royal BC Museum (RBCM). He was hired as the Director of Archives for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in May 2016.
Raymond’s graduate work focused on archives and aboriginal identity. He taught a course for the U of A’s School of Library and Information Studies Program on Archives and Aboriginal records and has taught a similar workshop for the Yukon Territories Archives Association. In 2015 he was a guest lecturer at the UBC Master of Archival Studies programme. In his presentations, research, and writing Raymond has focused on Aboriginal societies, memory, and the archival mission. His 2011 article “Innocent Legal Fictions: Archival Convention and the North Saanich Treaty of 1852,” published in the Canadian archival journal Archivaria, won the W. Kaye Lamb Prize and the Alan D. Ridge Award of Merit. In 2016 his Archivaria article “Lord, Save Us from the Et Cetera of the Notary”: Archival Appraisal, Local Custom, and Colonial Law” won the W. Kaye Lambe Award. He has also published three entries (“Selection,” “Disposition,” and “Transfer” [co-authored]) in the Encyclopedia of Archival Science (Luciana Duranti and Patricia C. Franks editors, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
Raymond is the Director of Archives at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. He continues to research and publish on archival issues with a focus on Aboriginal societies, identity and memory.
Karen Meelker: is the Access and Privacy Officer at the University of Manitoba’s Access and Privacy Office. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Brandon University, and was recently a distinguished graduate of the University of Alberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program, and awarded the Privasoft award for superior academic achievement in the program.
Kaila Johnston: is a Cree woman born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has completed a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg as well as a M.Sc. in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
Previous to her position at the NCTR, Kaila was a former statement gatherer and equipment coordinator for the TRC of Canada. As the Community Engagement Coordinator for the NCTR, Kaila assisted in the coordination of the community engagements with her colleague with a focus on completing a written report for each one. In the near future Kaila will also be working closely with the research team on upcoming projects developed by the NCTR.
Julie Bull: is an award-wining researcher and educator of mixed Inuit descent and is a member of NunatuKavut, Labrador, with more than 15 years of experience in community-based research with Indigenous communities. Her academic background is interdisciplinary (Philosophy, Psychology, Health Policy Research, bioethics) with a focus on research ethics and methods for research involving Indigenous People. Julie is a Research Methods Specialist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and a sessional professor in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Toronto and in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She works with communities, researchers, educators, and policy makers to implement wise practices involving Indigenous people and is an invited lecturer and speaker at many events throughout Canada and around the world. Among Julie’s many awards and accolades are the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Graduate Scholarship, the Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research -Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, and the National Aboriginal Role Model Award from the National Aboriginal Health Organization. Julie is active in both academic and grassroots initiatives such as a committee member for education and outreach with the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research and a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council Research Review Committee. She is also the interim Chair of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island’s Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) and a mentor in the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership at the Coady International Institute at St. Frances Xavier University.
Beth Greenhorn: has an M.A. in Canadian Art History from Carleton University in Ottawa. After graduating in 1996, she worked for in the Canadian Art Division at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2003, she joined the National Archives of Canada, now Library and Archives Canada (LAC), where she curated web exhibitions and led web-based projects. From 2003 to January 2017, she has managed Project Naming, a photo identification and community engagement initiative involving Indigenous peoples. The first 12 years largely focused on photographic collections depicting Nunavummuit. Her article Project Naming / Un visage, un nom was published in International Preservation News (December 2013, No. 61). In 2015, the project was expanded to First Nations, the Métis and Inuit communities in Inuvialuit, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. In 2016, she curated the exhibition, Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Collections of Library and Archives Canada. An adapted version was on display at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in February 2017, and will become a travelling exhibition in western Canada, beginning with St. Boniface, Manitoba in June 2017. This past March, she co-organized with Professor Carol Payne of Carleton University a workshop celebrating fifteen years of Project Naming. The workshop is the basis for a collected volume edited by Payne, tentatively called Photographs, Generations and Inuit Cultural Memory, which will include a chapter by Greenhorn about Project Naming from the context of LAC.
Konwahahawi Rourke: is of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and belongs to the Deer Clan. She is the wife of Atohnwa. As a longhouse woman, Konwahahawi strives to set a good path for the future generations. She is the Manager of the Native North American Travelling College, a cultural center and museum that focuses on cultural revitalization, education, and dispelling stereotypes of First Nations people. She is a strong advocate of research in the areas of “culture as prevention and intervention.” She continues to explore pro-active approaches to filling gaps and create safe learning environments for indigenous students while meeting their cultural needs. Konwahahawi is the President of the Onake II Board that runs the Tsiionkwanatiio Heritage Site that is a community center for cultural education, planting, and youth activities. She has travelled to the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues for 2013 and 2014 with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network to read statements on Sexual Health, Environmental Violence, Policing Injustice, and Good Governance. She was also able to provide youth mentorship to the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus. She is a proud mentor for the Indigenous Young Woman’s Council. Konwahahawi is also an ally and advocate for LGBTQ as she actively provides and promotes safe spaces for our youth and community. She was also one of the lead organizers in assisting to bring the Walking with Our Sisters Art Installation to Akwesasne in November of 2015. She is currently in her last semester of her Masters in Educational Leadership Program at St. Lawrence University.
Carol Payne: is Associate Professor of Art History, a Research Fellow in Public History and a member of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education all at Carleton University. She is author of The Official Picture: The National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division and the Image of Canada, 1941-1971 (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013) and co-editor (with Andrea Kunard of the NGC) of The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (also MQUP 2011) among other publications. Between 2005 and 2014 she was the Principal Investigator in a SSHRCC-funded collaborative photo-based research project with the Inuit training program Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Library and Archives Canada’s Project Naming, a photo-based Inuit history initiative. In March 2017, she co-organized with Beth Greenhorn of Library and Archives Canada a workshop celebrating fifteen years of Project Naming. That workshop is the basis for a collected volume that she is now editing, tentatively called Photographs, Generations and Inuit Cultural Memory. Among her other recent publications on collaborative photo-based methodologies with Inuit include a 2016 article in the Royal Anthropological Institute’s series Anthropology and Photography.
Brenda Macdougall: In 2010 she was hired as the Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa where she is also an associate professor in the department of geography. Prior to this, she worked for over ten years in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, the program from which she received her PhD. Her career has been spent studying Metis history and culture from the inside—seeking ways to express Metis history from the perspective of a Metis worldview and set of understandings. As such, she works to understand traditional kinship practices as the foundation of all social and political behaviors within Metis communities. It’s common to hear people say that the history of Indigenous people can’t authentically be located in colonial historical records but our stories and perspectives are imprinted all throughout those repositories—we simply have to pay attention to the tracks in the documents that our ancestors left for us. Based on that research she has written several articles and her first book, One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan (UBCPress, 2010) was awarded the Cleo Prize for best book in the prairie division by the Canadian Historical Association in 2011. Through her scholarship, Brenda has worked extensively with Metis communities in Ontario, Manitoba, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Montana and Alberta researching their histories and documenting the connections and relationships between family members as a lens to understanding both Metis society and culture. In her role as research chair, Brenda has built a strong program of research in the connections between Metis families across the Metis homeland. More recently, she and her colleagues created the Digital Archives Database Project, an online archive of transcribed historical records, with the support of the Métis and Non-Status Indian Relations Directorate and has served as an advisor on the General History Committee overseeing the redesign of Canada History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History.
Louise Profeit-Leblanc: is an Aboriginal storyteller, cultural educator artist, writer, choreographer, and film script writer from the Northern Tutchone Nation. She was raised in the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation (First Nation of the Big River People) in the Yukon Territory in Canada.
Louise has worked as a Yukon Heritage Advisor in the Yukon in the 90’s. She can provide information and knowledge about ethics and protocols devised in the Yukon, for researchers working with Indigenous people there.
Tony Belcourt: Born in the historic Métis community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, his career spans 45 years of experience and significant achievement in Aboriginal affairs, the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. During this period he founded, led and served on the boards of numerous local, regional, national and international Aboriginal organizations including the Native Council of Canada (1970-74), the Métis Nation of Ontario (1993-2008) and the Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas (2005-Present). Mr. Belcourt, as Métis Nation Ambassador for International Issues, participated in numerous international meetings of the United Nations and the Organization of American States, including negotiations on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
His efforts were an important contributing factor in the Métis being recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, as one of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada and were instrumental in bringing about constitutional recognition of existing Métis rights at the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R. v. Powley in 2003.
Mr. Belcourt has served on many boards and advisory committees including the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Institute on Governance. He is currently a Director of Canadians for a New Partnership. In 2006, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service. Mr. Belcourt received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Lakehead University in 2010. In 2013 Mr. Belcourt was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Looee Okalik: is an Inuk, as well as a Nunavut beneficiary from Pangnirtung. She is a Community Liaison Worker for the Inuit with the Community Relations of the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Ottawa, Ontario. She worked with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (national Inuit organization in Ottawa) for a couple of decades in the positions of: Health Projects Coordinator, Youth Coordinator, Inuktitut magazine Editor and Communications Coordinator. Her Nunavut Arctic College diplomas are in Journalism and as a elementary school teacher. She has two certificates from the Inuit Institute for Research and Planning Training with CIET at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Neil Anderssen. Her article Inuujunga: The Intricacy of Indigenous and Western Epistimologies in the Arctic was published in the Indigenous Pathways into Social Research: Voices of a New Generation, April 5, 2013. Additionally, she is currently on the Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team Board of Directors.
Margaret Blakeney: has been a Senior Policy Analyst with the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research since 2014. Margaret’s role includes interpreting the second edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2), developing new ethics guidance in response to emerging issues, and familiarizing the research community with the Policy through outreach and education. She also has an additional role of promoting high ethical standards in support of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR Framework). Prior to joining the Secretariat, Margaret held positions at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), including Program Officer and Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Coordinator.
Dr. Anna Hoefnagels: is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art & Culture and she is co-Director of Carleton’s Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (CIRCLE). As CIRCLE co-Director, she organizes on-campus activities related to Indigenous culture and research, and seeks to facilitate dialogue around Indigenous research at Carleton University. Anna teaches courses on Indigenous music and music in Canada in which she features local music-makers and knowledge keepers. She works with local musicians in exploring the role of music in political and social activism and as a tool for cultural recovery and revitalization. With Dr. Beverley Diamond, Anna co-edited the award-winning anthology Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada: Echoes and Exchanges (MQUP 2012).
Katherine Graham: Professor of Public Policy and Administration (Carleton University), Senior Advisor to the Provost, a Fellow of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, the current Chair of Community-based Research Canada and member of SSHRC’s Aboriginal Advisory Council. Professor Graham is leading the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples initiative. She has a deep commitment to Aboriginal policy issues and the sustainability of Aboriginal communities. Her research interests concern urban and local governance, Aboriginal and northern development policy, and institutional reform in government.
John Medicine Horse Kelly: Professor of Journalism, Co-Director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education (Carleton University) and the co-host of the Panel on Research Ethics’ webinar “Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples of Canada (May 10, 2012)”. Dr. Kelly is also a contributor to the soon-to-be-released Panel on Research Ethics’ tutorial for Chapter 9. He is a member of the curriculum development sub-committee for the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples and is a member of the leadership team for the creation of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples.
Rodney Nelson: Professor in the Centre for Initiatives in Education, Aboriginal Enriched Support Program, co-Chair of Carleton University’s Aboriginal Education Council, CEO and Principal of Governance for The Global Governance Group, member of the CanPrep Joint Centre for BioEthics, University of Toronto (2008-09). Mr. Nelson is a member of the leadership team for the creation of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples and is a member of the curriculum development sub-committee for the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples.
Patricia Reynolds: Patricia Reynolds is a program coordinator and FYSM instructor with the Centre for Initiatives in Education at Carleton University. She has been the coordinator of the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program since its inception in 2002-03, a task she currently shares with colleague Rodney Nelson. She has a BEd (McGill) and an MA in Applied Language Studies (Carleton). Her work at Carleton includes seven years of teaching at Maquatua Eeyou School in Northern Quebec, coordination of the BA program partnership with Nunavut Arctic College, participation in mixed online course delivery projects in Nunavut, development of the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program and the Aboriginal High School Mentorship Program, and teaching Core ESP First Year Seminars at Carleton University.
Annie Kingston-Miller: Annie is a Laurentian University graduate student in the School of Rural and Northern Health. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work and Bachelors of Pubic Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University. She previously worked as a research assistant and program coordinator for the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples. She has worked as a volunteer with the Odawa Urban Aboriginal Adult High School and spent the summer of 2012 as a junior communications officer with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. She can converse in Inuktitut and has begun to learn Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Ojibwe people. Ms. Kingston-Miller was the graduate student researcher for the pilot in summer 2014 and is the researcher and logistical administrator for the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples.
David Serkoak: David Serkoak was born into a traditional Inuit camp on the northern shore of Neultin Lake, south west of Arviat, Nunavut in 1952. He lived through the many hardships suffered by his people, the Ahiarmiut, as they were moved from place to place by the Federal Government. Serkoak attended Territorial School in Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove in the 1960s. He moved with his family to Arviat and for a while he worked at promoting art made by local Inuit artists. Serkoak got interested in education when working part-time in the local school. He attended Thebatcha College in Fort Smith, NWT (1976-78) where he successfully completed a diploma in education. In the summer of 1978, Serkoak returned to Arviat to teach, where he promoted Inuit culture, language and music in his classroom and throughout the school. Serkoak was appointed vice-principal in 1986 and he completed his B.Ed. in elementary education at Nunavut Arctic College/McGill University in 1993. Serkoak has had a long and varied experience in education, teaching at the primary, and secondary and college levels. He was an instructor at Nunavut Arctic College, teaching course in the B.Ed. program and Curator of the Arctic Exhibition at the British Museum in 1989. Serkoak spent six years as Inuit Language and Cultural instructor at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a college preparation program for young Inuit which is based in Ottawa. Serkoak developed Inuktitut teaching materials for every level at which he taught.
Serkoak is much in demand at regional, national and international conferences and events where he gives demonstrations in traditional drum dancing. He was a member of the Winter Olympic Symposium Committee in Vancouver, advising and coordinating on indigenous performances. He took part in the opening and closing ceremonies at the Aboriginal pavilion and at the games. He regularly gives drum making and drum dancing classes throughout Nunavut and other parts of Canada. Serkoak is one of the four Inuit informants in Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut, edited by John Bennett and Susan Rowley and published by McGill Queen’s Press in 2004. This seminal work draws on the oral history of Inuit to provide insight into the culture and values of one of Canada’s first peoples. Today, Serkoak spends much of his time making traditional Inuit drums and teaching Inuit youth about their culture and history. He and his wife Leslie have three daughters, Amanda, Meeka and Karla and six grandchildren, Briana, Makayla, Kyle, Laura, Ryan and Emma. When not travelling, Serkoak spends as many hours as he can with his beloved grandchildren.