Native Studies is a community of scholars in pursuit of knowledge. We recognize that students and teachers can learn from each other, and we also accept our responsibility as teachers to guide that process. Our dialogues and debates allow us all to deepen our ideas, to sharpen our views, to hone our skills. We engage in conversations in a manner that is respectful of all participants. Whatever your views, whether you are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, you have a contribution to make and we invite you to join our circle.
Dr. Sean Carleton is an Assistant Professor in both the Departments of History and Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Carleton holds BA (2006) and MA (2008) degrees in History from Simon Fraser University and a PhD (2016) from the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. His research examines the history of settler colonialism, capitalism, and education in Canada. Carleton frequently comments on issues related to history, Indigenous-settler relations, and education for CBC, CTV, Global News, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. In addition, he is also a Contributing Editor with Active History, a Coordinating Editor and Columnist with Canadian Dimension, an Associate with the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, and a founding member of the Graphic History Collective.
Merissa is a white settler scholar who researches in the area of health, nutrition, and food security policy. Her doctoral research considers how policy approaches to Indigenous food insecurity perpetuate healthism (the self-regulation of health behaviours) rather than addressing the everyday structural and material conditions food insecure Indigenous people must navigate — including racism, securitization, and networks of colonial biopower.
Merissa has an ongoing research project with community members in Kugaaruk, Nunavut on Inuit food sharing, food insecurity, and federal food policy. She is also particularly interested in supporting and theorizing community capacities that utilize community economic development and technology in the areas of Indigenous food sovereignty and food security.
Merissa is a research member of the Indigenous STS Lab in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and editorial assistant at aboriginal policy studies. She is dedicated to research in the areas of critical Indigenous theory, urban Indigenous policy, and Indigenous STS (science, technology, and society).
Of mixed French and Métis ancestry, Dr. Mylène Gamache’s work is committed to the decolonizing potential of dream-work and contemporary feminine storytelling. Her doctoral work attempts to read ‘non-canonical’ texts in ways which deliberately fail to settle on a fixed meaning or secure immediate understanding. She is presently inspired by both Indigenous and new materialist feminist approaches which incite, in their various forms, communal acts of witnessing, identifying, and confronting agents of ecological devastations and Indigenous dispossession. Future research work involves assessing how a range of feminine texts write over or beyond settler-sanctioned forms of recognition and reconciliation.
In Native Studies, human rights and social justice issues are different from, yet also linked to Aboriginal rights as can be seen in Dr. Peter Kulchyski’s work. Peter Kulchyski’s whole career is dedicated to the advancement of Aboriginal and treaty rights. He has published a collection of court cases on Aboriginal rights (Unjust Relations), his co-authored book Tammarniit won a prize for human rights and his award winning Like the Sound of a Drum is a defense of Dene and Inuit rights. He teaches issues pertaining to land claims and self-government in his undergraduate courses ‘Native Politics and Communities’ and ‘Native Law’, and makes frequent media appearances on issues related to resource use conflicts and Aboriginal rights especially in northern Canada.
Dr. Kulchyski recently published a new book titled, Report of an Inquiry into an Injustice: Begade Shutagot’ine and the Sahtu Treaty, which chronicles the Begade Shuhtagot’ine people’s struggle for land rights.
Dr. Kulchyski is on the board of the hemispheric institute for performance and politics, which is strongly dedicated to human rights issues through the arts. Dr. Kulchyski is a founding member of the Friends of Grassy Narrows/Winnipeg Indigenous Solidarity Network and the Defenders of the Land, both Aboriginal rights community activist groups. Peter Kulchyski has also been president of the board of New Directions, which is a non-profit child and family services agency in Winnipeg.
Dr. LaRocque is a scholar, human rights advocate, poet, author and social and literary critic. A Plains Cree Métis from northeastern Alberta, she has been published more than sixty times, including the groundbreaking 1975 work Defeathering the Indian. Most recently, LaRocque published When the Other is Me, a powerful interdisciplinary study of the Native literary response to racist writing in the Canadian historical and literary record from 1850 to 1990 that recently won a Manitoba Book Award.
LaRocque teaches, researches and writes about colonization and how it impacts native/white relations, with a focus on cultural productions and representation. LaRocque’s work examines colonial interference and Aboriginal resistance strategies the areas of literature, historiography, representation, identity, gender roles, industrial encroachment on Aboriginal (Indian and Métis) lands and resources, and governance.
LaRocque was awarded the 2005 Aboriginal Achievement Award, was nominated for the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation Award in 1999 and has been singled out three times as a “Popular Prof” in Maclean’s magazine’s Guide to Universities & Colleges
LaRocque is one of the most recognized and respected Native Studies scholars today. Her prolific career includes numerous scholarly and popular articles on images of “Indians” in the media and marketplace, Canadian historiography, Native literature, education, racism, and violence against women. Her poetry has appeared in national and international journals and anthologies.
Dr. Cary Miller is the new Department Head for Native Studies. Her research is in Anishinaabe leadership in the early 19th century, Anishinaabe women’s history, Treaties and sovereignty, Wisconsin Indian History, and Cultures of the Great Lakes Region.
Her book Ogimag: Anishinaabeg leadership 1760-1845 was published with the University of Nebraska Press in 2010 and she previously has published in books such as Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories and the Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law.
Dr. Miller is Anishinaabe and descends from St. Croix and Leech Lake communities. From 2013 she was the Director of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and since 2010 has been Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (starting there in 2002).
Patricia Ningewance Nadeau is an assistant professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Nadeau’s research focuses on Anishinaabemowin language. She has over 40 years of experience in language teaching, translation and media work and has published several language textbooks, including Talking Gookom’s Language, Pocket Ojibwe, and Survival Ojibwe. She is currently working on an Anishinaabemowin language dictionary for all Ojibwe dialects of Manitoba and Treaty 3 areas of western Ontario.
David joined the University of Manitoba in January 2020 and is cross appointed between the Departments of Native Studies and History. David’s immediate research concerns 20th century Metis history and society and Metis politics with a current research project in Manitoba’s Interlake that tracks how his family, the Monkmans from Minnewakin, were dispossessed of their lands during the postwar era. Trained in Indigenous Studies, David also has a significant interest in the ongoing development of critical Indigenous theory and the use of technological devices like drones, cellphones, and virtual reality for undertaking Indigenous studies research.
Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair recently released the award-winning book, Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water. In this collection of writing by Manitoba Aboriginal peoples over the past 300 years, he and co-editor Warren Cariou shatter the stereotype that Indigenous cultures were only “oral” and did not write.
Always aiming to bring Indigenous issues into public consciousness, Sinclair is a regular commentator for CTV, CBC and APTN and is a member of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba’s speakers bureau. His critical and creative work can be found in books such as The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. He is also the co-editor of Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories.
Sinclair is an associate professor of Native studies and teaches courses in Indigenous literatures, cultures, histories and politics. He is originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) First Nation and is a proud Treaty One member.
The average Canadian doesn’t know much about what happens in our far north. Chris Trott helps to bridge this gap through focusing his work on northern and Inuit issues.
In a recent paper, Trott shares how polar bears are integral to Inuit understandings of gender: they symbolizes a third gender that is neither male nor female, but also both male and female.
Trott also edits a book series called Contemporary Studies on the North. These publications allow us to challenge our misconecptions of and better understand Canada’s North through sharing groundbraking research and empahsizing works by and about Inuit and First Nations peoples.
Interested in learning more about and sharing Inuit perceptions of climate change, Trott translated and advised on the production of Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. In the world’s first Inuktitut language film on this topic, viewers learn from hunters and elders – true experts of the land – and come to see that climate change is a human rights issue affecting Inuit peoples today.
Trott is the warden and vice-chancellor of St John’s College and an associate professor of Native studies. His other teaching and research interests include missionaries and colonialism in the north and political development of the north.
Dr. Wuttanee (Cree, Red Pheasant First Nation, Sask.) researches Aboriginal economy, community economic development, participatory research methodologies, governance, social responsibilty and leadership. She is also director of the Aboriginal business education program, where her work examines the strength of the community and the gifts Aboriginal people bring to the business table.
Dr. Wuttanee is interested in the role of tradition, culture and gender in the decision-making process used by communities in developing and implementing their economic development strategies. Her work in the community includes board positions and committee work around issues of education, business and culture. She participated in the 2003 Commonwealth Study Conference in Australia for future leaders entitled People First in a Global Community. Her exploration of a community-based perspective of economic resilience is outlined in her recent book Living RhythmsL: Lessons in Aboriginal Economic Resilience and Vision.
Dr. Wuttanee’s current research projects include sitting as co-chair of the financing node for the linking, leveraging learning social responsibility project, and as advisory committee member for the Urban Aboriginal Economic Development Network and for the Assembly of First Nations end First Nations poverty committee.