|Dr. Laara Fitznor|
Dr. Fitznor co-chairs a committee of Aboriginal faculty and staff and their allies who have been working since 2009 on a proposal to house the archives of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools once the commission wraps up its work in 2013.
She began her academic career with the University of Manitoba access program in 1982, where she was first an academic counselor, then director. From 1992 to 1998, she joined the Faculty of Education teaching cross-cultural/Aboriginal education. She then joined the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the fall of 1998 in a newly established position of Aboriginal Education to develop that focus. She returned to the University of Manitoba in 2003 to teach Aboriginal education. Her areas of specialization include: Aboriginal and indigenous education; access and equity issues in education; anti-racism in education; Aboriginal and diversity perspectives in program/curriculum/institutional planning; and adult education and community development.
In 2010, Dr. Fitznor and fellow U of M education professor Dr. Marlene Atleo spoke at the Centre for Human Rights Research round table Unfinished Business about human rights to sociol-historical integrity in education -- grafted onto indigenous history and territory.
The CHRR is helping Dr. Fitznor and history professor Dr. Jean Friesen put together the bid to create a new National Research Centre on residential schools and other Aboriginal issues at University of Manitoba.