Current Students – Master’s Program

Alison Creba

Working in academic, arts and trades contexts, Alison has is interested in interdisciplinary expressions of the relationship between the cultural and physical landscape. 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.

Currently Alison is pursuing a Masters in the Heritage Conservation stream here in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies; her current research explores the legacy of demolition waste within Canadian cities.

Jennifer Ferrante

Kwey aani Jennifer nindijinkaz. I am Anishinaabekwe from Pikwakanagan First Nation and my father was born in Italy. I am a second year Masters student who transferred over from the Masters in Public Policy program this year.  I have BA in English, and a Bachelor of Education. I have over 10 years’ experience working in various private and government organizations in areas of Indigenous economic development, maternal and sexual health, land claims, and corrections.

Currently I am working with Health Canada on implementing Jordan’s Principle and am also working with a professor at Ottawa U researching sexualization and violence in Indigenous girlhood. I am particularly interested in overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the corrections system, intergenerational trauma and the straight spouse phenomena within sexual orientation and gender identity.

I am also a mother of twin three-year-old girls who just started jingle dress dancing and junior kindergarten this year. I am studying and working to improve cultural competency, health, economic and social outcomes and further decolonization efforts so that one day my children might be able to stand as equals with all Canadians and say that they are proud of how far we have come.

Casey Gray

Casey is a second year MA student in SICS, studying heritage conservation, and part of ICSLAC’s Curatorial Studies graduate diploma program. Before coming to Carleton he completed a BA in anthropology and archaeology as well as a certificate of liberal arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.

His previous research as an undergraduate student and as a research assistant have included: death, dying and end of life care; cemeteries and cemetery staff; public street performance; performance and ethics; and qualitative research methods and research ethics.

Here in SICS his research examines how the cemeteries that house the migrant labourers of the Rideau Canal fit into the greater heritage narrative of the canal in Canada. He has presented at conferences on various topics related to heritage and performance including The Society for Applied Anthropology (Vancouver, 2016), the Canada Research Chair for Built Heritage Round Table (Montreal, 2017), the Carleton Graduate Heritage Symposium (Ottawa, 2017) and the British Columbia Studies Annual Conference (Nanaimo, 2017).

Alison Leclaire

Alison LeClaire joined the Federal Government as a foreign service officer after completing a BA in Political Science from York University in 1987. 

 She has represented Canada at missions abroad in Brazil, Sweden and, most recently, in Geneva at Canada’s mission to the United Nations at Geneva.  Her Ottawa professional experience has covered a range of issues, including human rights, environment, China, and policy planning. 

 She currently works at Global Affairs on Arctic issues as well as on relations with Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Sabre Lee

Mi’gmaq athlete and scholar, Sabre Pictou Lee was raised in small town Ontario, with roots in Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. After a successful career as an international competitive ski racer, Sabre went on to become a varsity rugby player at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, where she was the only Indigenous student-athlete. Her commitment as an athlete and passion for learning drove her to become an advocate and mentor of Indigenous students.

She has since completed her bachelor degree from Concordia University in First People’s Studies and Art History. Sabre is currently a graduate student at Carleton University in Canadian Studies, with a special interest in Indigenous knowledge and methodologies. Her work includes public speaking in Indigenous communities and her current areas of research is Mi’gmaw methodology Etuaptmunk, Known as Two-Eyed Seeing, the embodiment of multiple perspectives.

Jamie McCullough

My name is Jamie McCullough and I was born and raised in the Laurentians in Quebec.

I graduated with an undergraduate degree (B.A Hons.) in Geography at Carleton many years ago.  Since graduating Carleton, I have worked in youth programming, starting as an employment counsellor to my current role as director of programs at Experiences Canada.  Through this role I have developed an interest in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.  This interest has led me to pursue a Master’s degree at Carleton to further educate myself on the historical relationship between Indigenous people and Settlers.

My research interests lie in reconciliation, decolonization, treaties, education and the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

When I am away from the office or school I can be found with my husband and 4 kids riding bikes, playing football, soccer, baseball and of course hockey.

Garth Roussel

I am a second year M.A. student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa.

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 graduate program. My research interests are focused on decolonization and resurgence in the context of Indigenous health. I also have a professional background in Indigenous public policy.

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

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.

Avery Steed

Avery was born in Tiohtiá:ke (Montréal, Québec) and moved to Algonquin territory in Ottawa a decade ago. A recent alumnus of Carleton University, Avery graduated from the Bachelor of Humanities with a Minor in Indigenous Studies in Spring 2017. Avery’s passion for academia was reinvigorated through the Indigenous Studies courses she took as electives in the later years of her degree.

Avery’s research interests are informed by intersecting themes in her work with various branches of the federal government, academic pursuits in both the Humanities and Indigenous studies, and a passion for the outdoors. During her time working for Banff National Park two years ago, she began to contemplate, as an area of research, the role of Parks Canada as an instrument for nation-building through the creation of the National Park system. She is also interested in the concept of “green colonialism”— that is, when environmental calls to action lead to government intervention despite overlapping assertions of Indigenous sovereignty.

In her spare time, Avery enjoys visiting her four siblings (who reside in varied locations across Turtle Island), growing and propagating plants, hiking, yoga, ballet, and sampling new craft beers!

Catherine Stockall

Catherine Stockall is a first year MA student originally from unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Sackville, New Brunswick. She recently graduated with an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from Mount Allison University, after having completed the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King’s College. Her undergraduate thesis explored the experiences of Indigenous peoples with law enforcement and the construction of Indigenous criminality within the settler state.

Catherine’s current research interests consider the role of heritage sites in maintaining particular manifestations of the settler state. While working at a museum, Catherine noticed the ways that museums construct particular narratives of Canada, focusing on false and sanitized histories of nationhood, while excluding others.

While studying for her Master’s degree, she plans to examine how to challenge the ongoing legacy of settler colonialism through museums and cultural sites.


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.

Janna van de Sande

My name is Janna (“Yawna”) Maria van de Sande. I am a first year MA student in the Indigenous Studies and the North stream. I was born and raised in Ottawa. I have Métis, Canadian, and Dutch citizenship.

In 2017, I graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Humanities and Minor in German. The B.Hum is designed as a critical analysis of the most influential writings, art, and music of the traditional Western canon (including Plato, the Bible, Nietzsche, and Charles Taylor).

My recent research has focused on the local Chaudière Falls dispute. This case prompted an interest in the experience of Indigenous people in the Canadian legal system and in the legal status of Nature. Moving forward, I want to study how our understanding of identity influences our interactions with others, particularly in the context of Indigenous/Non-Indigenous relations, dispute resolution, and federal institutions. In my free time, I can be found playing soccer or volunteering with a local youth choir.

Courtney Vaughan

Courtney is a Wiisaakodewikwe (Métis woman) from just outside of Ebawaating (what is often known as Sault Ste Marie). Through work and volunteer opportunities, she has been able to connect with, and root closer to people, the land, and the waters all across Turtle Island. It is this interconnectedness and rootedness which drives Courtney’s passion for Indigenous rights and land and water protection. As her ancestors did before her, she is passionate about creating spaces of dialogue between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.

Courtney graduated from King’s University College at Western University specializing in Social Justice and Peace Studies, and Minoring in First Nations Studies and French (2015). In the past few years, she has had a variety of opportunities to work alongside community based organizations in East Africa and the Dominican Republic, as well as within her own community with the Métis Nation of Ontario. This past summer she was able to connect deeply with Métis communities and the waterways of her ancestors while canoeing across Ontario with other Métis youth. She looks forward to deepening her knowledge and extending these relationships through focusing her research on the relationship of Ontario Métis to the land and waters, and the implications that this relationship can have on Canadian environmental policy.

Jayme Walker

I am a first year M.A. student in the school of Indigenous and Canadian Studies focusing on Heritage Conservation. I was raised in a small farming community in south-western Ontario near Georgian Bay. This area is known as the ‘Grey Highlands’ due to its elevation and the heavy influence of Scottish settlers on the region.

I completed my B.A. in History and Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2004 and an M.A. in Public Administration at Carleton in 2007. I then went to work for the federal government at Service Canada in the Marketing/Communications branch where I conducted market research and sought to improve service delivery by improving the departmental website.

I’ve since developed a passion for learning about Heritage Conservation; specifically the management of Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites. This began by noticing the UNESCO brand attached to numerous prime tourist destinations and wondering who was responsible for protecting the many beautiful, iconic places in Canada. I am also interested in questions of national identity and cultural policy and felt that the Indigenous and Canadian Studies program at Carleton would be a perfect fit.

In my spare time I enjoy outdoor recreation, martial arts, yoga, literature and cheering on the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs.


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.