Current Students – Master’s Program

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Annette Arsenault
Annette is a first year Masters student with the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Born and raised in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Annette moved to Ottawa in the year 2000.

She has worked for various federal government departments, including Health Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Annette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. Currently employed by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Annette is interested in regional economic development, resilience, and reconciliation.


heather-burton_croppedHeather Burton

I completed a combined honours degree at Carleton University in English literature and History, with a minor in Psychology in 2006.

In my fourth year I established a growing concern for “Canadianism” and dissected the Massey Commission in a fourth year honours paper. After graduation I worked on multiple contracts for Library and Archives Canada in their stewardship branch (now called ‘Digitization’). I also worked three years with Canadiana.org, formally the Canadian Institute for Historical Micro Reproduction.

I am currently taking a Masters’ degree in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a goal of further understanding Canadian cultural policy and heritage conservation.


dustin-coteDustin Cote

My name is Dustin Cote and I am from Kitigan Zibi Quebec, an Algonquin reserve about 150km north of Gatineau. Having grown up in a mostly Anglophone federally controlled reserve located within rural Quebec, this experience allows me to critically analyze intergovernmental relations, policy and identity from different perspectives.

I am a first year MA student and a Carleton alumnus, and I am excited to continue my studies on the traditional territory of my ancestors. I completed my undergraduate degree in political science with a concentration in Canadian politics and policy here at Carleton, and before that I attended Algonquin College in their justice studies program.

Before entering the exciting world of academia, I served in the Canadian Forces where I worked in different parts of the world, including two tours in Afghanistan. My hobbies include reading, playing sports, off-roading on my ATV, hanging out with my friends, and of course hockey. Go Sens Go!


alison-creba_croppedAlison Creba

Working in academic, arts and trades contexts, Alison has been exploring the relationship between the cultural and physical landscape for over 10 years. She is interested in the built form as evidence of social processes and intrigued by structures on all scales.

In addition to a BA Hon in Contemporary Studies, Development Studies and Urban Design from Dalhousie University in 2010, Alison also holds a certificate in Advanced Woodworking from Humber College in 2013.
Alison’s participation in the Heritage Conservation program at Carleton is a departure from her previous work as a restoration carpenter and maintenance technician at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. She joins the department with continued curiosity in the reciprocal ways we shape and are shaped by the built environment around us.


casey-gray_croppedCasey Gray

I am a first year MA student in the Heritage Conservation stream. Born and raised in Castlegar, British Columbia, I completed a BA in anthropology and archaeology at Simon Fraser University. In 2014 I attended a field school for archaeology in Kefalonia, Greece, but have always been drawn back to current anthropological issues and cultural resource management here in Canada.

I have also worked professionally in theatre in BC as a performer and writer, recently writing and helping to produce an original historical comedy based on the gold mining history of Rossland, BC.

I have interests in death and memorialization in Canada, and specifically how it fits into heritage sites in Canada. I am also interested in how theatre can play a role in the conservation of intangible cultural heritage, and more broadly, how performance studies techniques can be utilized in anthropology and cultural resource management.
I am excited to be spending time in Eastern Canada and expanding my knowledge of conservation of built heritage while drawing on my background in material culture.


kirk-kitzul_croppedKirk Kitzul

I am entering the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies fresh out of Carleton’s journalism school. More artist than academic, I have been a performing musician for ten years and continue to explore visual art, poetry, photography and digital design. I’m constantly seeking ways to bridge the gap between academia’s stiffness and the accessibility of art.

Spending my undergrad summers working for Japanese GPS-mappers Zenrin, I have seen most of the Canada I plan to study. To me, that Canada is connected by the millennial box-stores and rows of townhouses that encircle the perimeter of most Canadian cities with more than 100,000 people. Similar to the uniformity of each big-box parking lot is a constant thread of simmering racism found in roadside conversations, place names and each time the Wal-Mart wifi is good enough to catch up on Facebook. I will address Canadian racism head-on throughout my MA. While although racism is rampant in Canada, for some Canadians, anti-racism has been a value all along. I want to find the settlers who have tried to keep the ship on course.

I was born and raised on treaty six territory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was there that I began playing music with bands such as Bears Attack! and Settlements. After high school I spent some time cooking in a restaurant and touring Canada performing music. Since moving to Ottawa for university I’ve formed the bands Crack Mansions and Maritime Bleach. Along with music, I’ve been working on some visual art projects in anticipation of 150 years of Canadian Colonialism.


jess-martin_croppedJess Martin

I am Haudenosaunee, Cayuga Nation, Wolf Clan. I live in Six Nations, Ontario.

I received my B.A in the dual program of history and education (7-12) from Syracuse University, where I also played division I softball. I am learning my native language of Cayuga and one of my life goals is to become fluent in my language and become a teacher, after I finish up my Master’s degree.

I am a first year MA student and my research interests revolve around holistic approaches to Indigenous well-being. I hope, with this knowledge, to help revitalize the old ways in order to combat issues such as suicide, alcoholism, and drug abuse in our native communities.


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Leora Morris

My name is Leora Morris and I’m from Toronto, Ontario. I’m in my first year of the Masters in Indigenous and Canadian Studies and am super excited to experience life here in Ottawa. I received my undergraduate degree (B.A Hons.) in Sociology at the University of Guelph (Go Gryphs!).

Being from a family of immigrants to Canada, my research interests are in the fields of migration, immigration, and population studies within a Canadian context. I hope that this research will give me a deeper understanding of what it means to be a ‘Canadian’, how a Canadian culture and identity are created and sustained, and why such concepts are relevant (if at all). I am also interested in the way multiculturalism and its respective policies can impact ideas of nationalism and group identity within Canada. The intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, political and socio-economic status (and much more) inherently influence the way that new Canadians experience life after a migration from another country, as such, these factors will also be included in my studies!
Outside of school, I enjoy religiously watching the Food Network, food documentaries on Netflix, traveling the world and hanging out with my friends and brother with whom I live with in Ottawa.


shelby-robert_croppedShelby Robert

I am originally from Chatham, ON. I just completed my Honours B.A. in History at the University of Ottawa and am now working for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Through co-op placements with Parks Canada, I developed a passion for heritage conservation. My work left me with a lot of unanswered questions that I am hoping to explore through the Heritage Conservation stream!

My research interests include how we should prioritize conservation and commemoration projects, as well as how to juggle competing jurisdiction over cultural resources, particularly in the context of modern land claim agreements.


garth-roussel_croppedGarth Roussel

I recently completed my Honours B.A. in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and I am currently a first-year M.A. student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

I am originally from Western Canada, having lived in Saskatchewan and Alberta, before moving to Northern Ontario, and finally Ottawa to finish university. I am Cree and a member of White Bear First Nations in Saskatchewan.

I was drawn to the School due to the strong Indigenous community and the interdisciplinary nature of the M.A. program. I have multiple research interests that include Indigenous identity, education, and health. I also have a background in economic policy development, and I am interested in how Indigenous public policy can be used to engender change on a broader scale. Finally, I am interested in alternative forms of education that involve Indigenous ways of knowing and culture.

In my free time I enjoy staying active, and volunteering with the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where I am involved in an after-school program.


katherine-snow_croppedKatherine Snow

Katherine is a first year Master’s student that just graduated from Carleton’s Bachelor of Journalism program in the spring.

She’s worked at Parliament Hill as a Research Assistant and Videographer, and now works at Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada in Internal Communications.

Katherine has lived in Ghana, England, India — and now her family is overseas in Hong Kong. Her interests are: Canadian Media, Feminism, Indigenous Studies and cats!


leah-snyder_croppedLeah Snyder

After a long hiatus from school that included some unexpected and diverse professional trajectories (‘multicultural’ wedding photographer, branding strategist, web designer, journalist, and digital activist) I am returning to pursue a Masters in Digital Humanities through the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

My main area of research is how we construct National Narratives in a Digital Era. More specifically my focus will be on 2017 moment (Canada’s Sesquicentennial) looking at how Canada’s cultural Crown Corporations use the digital space to promote the stories Canadians use and will continue to use beyond 2017 to define national identity.
As a web designer (The L. Project) and a writer on culture (Mixed Bag Mag) I have been able to see how powerful the online space can be in re-thinking as well as critiquing national narratives. As a web designer I have worked with both indigenous and immigrant artists whose work challenges dominant culture curating their cultural productions in online spaces.

Through this degree I look forward to finding new ways to quantify the data I have been gathering to conceptualize and then prototype creative ways to use cyberspace for deep cultural transformation.


katrina-swiftKatrina Swift

I am a first year MA student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies in the Heritage Conservation stream. I was born and raised in Montréal, Québec, and spent the first two years of my undergraduate in Halifax, Nova Scotia studying Irish Studies at Saint Mary’s University. I graduated from Concordia University in Montréal with a major in Canadian Irish Studies in spring of 2016.

My interests lie in built heritage, cultural heritage, and cultural landscapes and memory. After this masters I plan to pursue another masters in Urban Planning. Outside of my studies, I spend my free time with my best friends in Montréal: my cats.


marianne-tremblay_croppedMarianne Tremblay

I am a first year M.A student in Canadian Studies. I am originally from Quebec City but moved to PEI four years ago to improve my English skills. There, I discovered my interest for Canadian Studies and I recently completed my B.A. at the University of Prince Edward Island.

After spending 4 years on the island, I am looking forward to new adventures at Carleton and to making Ottawa my new home. My frequent adventures and road trips have piqued my curiosity and influenced my research interests. My interests are varied: I would like to expand my historical knowledge of the History of Quebec and Northern Ontario, more specifically by studying the history of the Abitibi and Temiscamingue region.

My previous work experience includes teaching French as a second language and working as a research assistant. I most recently enjoyed a term with Parks Canada working in promotions and communications – coordinating promotional photo shoots, translating formal communication products and drafting national news releases.


elisabeth_wallace_croppedElisabeth Wallace

My name is Elisabeth Wallace and I am a first year MA student in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies. I completed a BA.H in History and Cultural Studies, after graduating I returned to do a second BA.H in Indigenous Studies.

I have been an arts educator for several years working for non-profit organizations in Peterborough. I have also been a summer camp coordinator for three years in a row.   I am a visual artist and my art is deeply connected to the landscapes that I interact with. I have a cottage along the Muskoka River and I spend a lot of my summer on my paddle board or on the trails rollerblading. I am interested in Indigenous and settler relations on the land, treaties, Indigenous oral history and decolonization.


darren-zanussi_croppedDarren Zanussi

I’m a first year M.A. student born raised in Parry Sound, Ontario.

I’ve long had a deep interest in Canadian culture, history, and politics. I have completed a B.A. General in Canadian Studies with a minor in History from Carleton University and a B.A. Honours in Political Science from York University.

My research interests are focused on decolonization and settler-interaction with new Indigenous media. In particular, how narrative-style work by Indigenous cultural producers such as writers, comedians, and musicians, provides an avenue for settler Canadians to engage and understand the processes of colonialism in their lives and to reflect upon them in meaningful ways.