• Lesley Beardy

    Lesley Beardy

    History Team

    Tansi/Boozhoo. Hello, my name is Lesley Beardy. I am both Cree and Annishnaabe from the Missipwastic Cree Nation in Treaty Five Territory. I am attending the Winnipeg Education Centre at the University of Winnipeg. I have attained a Bachelor of Arts in History and plan to finish my education degree. I would also like to enroll in the Master in Indigenous Governance program at the University of Winnipeg in the future. I am a part-time research assistant for the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak Project, and I also work as a causal administrative assistant for a consulting firm. I am the 2017-2018 recipient of the Harington Fellowship, and a 2018 Indigenous Summer Scholar Student. I will be working in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery for the summer and fall.

    It is an honour to be a part of the history team on the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak Project. I believe that reclaiming our culture will help with our healing journey as a nation. I enjoy the research work, I know this work is valuable for many people in the South Indian Lake region, and it’s a good feeling to know that the community is also on board with this project. I love that I am making factual history for future generations.

  • Melanie Belmore

    Melanie Belmore

    Story Team

    To come.

  • Melanie Braith

    Melanie Braith

    Story Team

    Melanie Braith is a PhD candidate at the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media at the University of Manitoba. She is originally from Germany and holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in English Literatures and Cultures from the University of Konstanz. Prior to her studies, she worked for several years as a newspaper editor and a journalist for print, TV, and online media. As a PhD student, Melanie works on Indigenous literatures in general and residential school literature in particular.

  • Mathieu Godin

    Mathieu Godin

    Production Team

    To come.

  • Laura Gosse

    Laura Gosse

    Archaeology Team

    Laura Gosse is from Red Deer, Alberta. She has a BA in Psychology and a BSc in Archaeology & Geography. She will be pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay in the Fall of 2019. Her focus is looking at community-based archaeology and how it can engage multiple communities that can create lasting positive impacts in the revitalization of the traditional Indigenous culture of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak. She will be helping to develop archaeology-based activities for teachers to utilize in the classroom.

  • Zeb Kawei

    Zeb Kawei

    Archaeology Team

    Zebedee Kawei is an archaeologist out of Lakehead University. He was recently accepted into the Masters of Environmental Sciences program at Lakehead University. The overall aim of his thesis is to reconstruct the paleo-environment of his study area in virtual reality (VR).

    For the Six Seasons project, he is working closely with Dr. Scott Hamilton, Professor of Anthropology at Lakehead University, and Kevin Brownlee, Curator of Archaeology at The Manitoba Museum. Zebedee is tasked with creating photorealistic 3D renders of artifacts. Development of these models will contribute to creation of landscape renderings to aid the objectives of the Six Seasons project.

    In his spare time, Zeb does photography and plays billiards.

  • Kiera Kowalski

    Kiera Kowalski

    Curriculum Team

    Kiera Kowalski is a first year student in the Master’s in Development Practice: Indigenous Development Program. She holds membership with the Manitoba Metis Federation and has Ukrainian, and German ancestry. While her family is from Winnipeg, she grew up four hours east of the city in Fort Frances, Ontario. She completed a combined honours undergraduate degree in Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa in June of 2019. She has been privileged to practice journalism in many cities, including Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Currently, Kiera’s interests reside in decolonization of the education system in Canada. She hopes to work towards Indigenous representation within educational institutions and curricula upon completion of her degree.

  • Anne Lindsay

    Anne Lindsay

    History Team

    Currently pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Manitoba, Anne Lindsay’s career has focused on archival primary source research, particularly in areas relating to Indigenous and fur trade history. She has worked and continues to work as a researcher for a number of Indigenous communities, and in the past has done research for APTN. In addition to this work, Anne has held positions in archives and research with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and before that with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and with the Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies at the University of Winnipeg where she worked as assistant to the director.

  • Thamer Linklater

    Thamer Linklater

    Story Team, History Team

    Thamer Linklater is a member of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and a survivor of the Child Welfare system in Manitoba. She recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. in English and is now working on her Master’s in Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She has worked in various teams for the Six Seasons Project. She has been involved with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and is an active First Nations advocate. Thamer has recently started work on her collection of poems and hopes to publish them soon. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, studying her culture, and painting. She has developed a passion for her culture and pursues any chance at learning more about her people.

  • Patricia Murdock

    Patricia Murdock

    History Team

    Patrica Murdock is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg, working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in history and minoring in sociology. Patricia is Cree and Ojibwe from Lake St. Martin.

  • Brent Murray

    Brent Murray

    Curriculum Team

    I am currently a student at the University of Winnipeg, attaining my Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Geography. My focus has been in the areas of Geomatics and the Human Environment. I am currently working on my Honours Thesis in which I am looking at using Synthetic Aperture Radar for biomass measures of a rainforest in Queensland, Australia. When not in school I have been working with underprivileged youth from the centre of Winnipeg, where we provide them the opportunity to go on a wilderness experience either canoeing, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, or backcountry camping.

  • Alex Oldroyd

    Alex Oldroyd

    History Team

    Alex is an American graduate student from Utah and Hawai'i studying in the MDP in Indigenous Development program at the University of Winnipeg. He graduated recently with a BA in English Language and Literature and a certificate in social innovation and entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University. His undergraduate thesis involved research into the 1819 Hawaiian Iconoclasm which was distilled into a historical fiction novella. As an undergraduate, he also received a grant to write and illustrate two Native Hawaiian language children's books for use in immersion preschools. Over the past several years, Alex has volunteered and worked for several nonprofits and government entities including the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, the Utah State Legislature, and Indigenous International. In his work with Indigenous International, he helped produce one of the first ever reports of its kind on economic development challenges specific to the eight tribes of Utah for us by the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. He has also worked for and started his own consulting business to help nonprofits and Native American organizations raise funds for development projects. As a graduate student, he hopes to further the important work of decolonization and strengthening Indigenous nations, particularly when it comes to economic development, public policy, digital sovereignty, language revitalization. Alex is excited to be a part of the Six Seasons Project and to assist in the ongoing work of reclaiming language, histories, and knowledges among the Asiniskow Ithiniwak.

  • Ozten Paul

    Ozten Paul

    Production Team, Research Evaluation and Policy Development Team

    Özten is a two-spirit Turkish-Cypriot/Anishinaabekwe from Winnipeg’s North End. She studies English Literature and Creative Writing with a minor in Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her interests/passions include the regeneration of Indigenous cultures and languages, the social implications of poverty, and critical race theory. She hopes to convey the contemporary issues that Indigenous people face in the inner-city through her writing, while creating literary representation for her community. She is a 2017 recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Ong Hoo Hong Emerging Writers Prize.

  • Haley Pauls

    Haley Pauls

    Curriculum Team

    Haley Pauls is a student at the University of Winnipeg in the MA in Cultural Studies Program. Growing up in Winnipeg’s inner-city and dabbling in the world of non-profits has contributed to her growing interest in art as resistance, particularly in a settler colonial context. She is interested in identity, space/place, affect, and world-making, and hopes that the theoretical basis provided to her by the Cultural Studies MA might be a starting point from which to embark on more creative projects in the future.

    She looks forward to her involvement with the Six Seasons project might and the ways it will contribute to her understanding of the work that is being done to decolonize pedagogical methods in Manitoba.

  • Michelle Queskekapow

    Michelle Queskekapow

    Production Team

    Michelle Queskekapow is a proud Dene/Cree woman from Norway House Cree Nation. She is the first in her immediate family to graduate with a high school diploma (Maples Collegiate, 2008) and the first to receive a Bachelors Degree (University of Winnipeg, 2013). In the Spring of 2019, Michelle will be graduating from the Four-Year Bachelor of Arts program, specializing in Young People’s Texts and Cultures. During the 2018-19 academic year, Michelle acted as a Student Ambassador at the UW’s Aboriginal Student Services Centre, a position that reaffirmed their beliefs in encouraging Indigenous youths to not only value their education but to also pursue post-secondary in the future. In the future, Michelle will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at University of British Columbia and furthering their love for children’s literature! Michelle is particularly interested in studying texts that challenge dominant, colonial perspectives and the use of the children’s literature genre to voice historical Indigenous atrocities, and more importantly, indigenous resistance and resilience.

  • Chantelle Ranville

    Chantelle Ranville

    History Team

    Chantelle is a proud member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation and community member of the North End. Chantelle graduated from the Aboriginal Self-Government Administration Program at Red River College in 2018 and currently in the joint program at University of Winnipeg in Indigenous Studies. In the future, Chantelle is looking to pursue a PhD in Indigenous Studies and publish Indigenous material coming from an Indigenous perspective. In their spare time, Chantelle enjoys reading and working on poetry.

  • Frances Robertson

    Frances Robertson

    Research Evaluation and Policy Development Team

    Frances Robertson, is a First Nations woman born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who has ties to Norway House Cree Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Roseau River First Nation. I’m an undergraduate in Education and the Arts, in the CATEP (Community Based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program) at the University of Winnipeg. For a part of this program I work as an Educational Assistant while I take courses at the University. I have a large family and value spending time with them and I’m greatly appreciative of all the support and encouragement my family has shown me while pursuing post-secondary education.

    I have interests in incorporating Indigenous knowledges and worldviews into the Manitoba education curriculum. I have been working for the University of Winnipeg as a research assistant for the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwak Project, on the Policy Development and Research Evaluation team and I’m conducting literature searches and on evaluation methodologies. I think this work is important of promoting Indigenous education accounts of history, language, worldviews and knowledges into the mainstream society. Indigenous education may pave the way for creating the context we need to develop a new guiding ideology or education for all in the 21st century.

  • Miriam Sainnawap

    Miriam Sainnawap

    Production Team, Curriculum Team

    Miriam Sainnawap is Anishinini and originally from a community called Kingfisher Lake in northwestern Ontario. She has grown very fond of the prairies, and made Winnipeg home for number of years now. In 2018, Miriam joined the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw ĪthiniwakProject working under the guidance of Dr. Doris Wolf, which helped contribute to her understandings and perspective as an Anishinini ikwe. She is a recent graduate of the Young People’s Texts and Cultures stream at the University of Winnipeg.

  • Gavin Shields

    Gavin Shields

    Archaeology Team

    I am born of Irish, Slovenian and German descent and grew up in the suburbs of Kitchener, Ontario near the Grand River. I was home schooled along with my siblings by our father until attending public high school as a teenager. When my family moved to Thunder Bay, I started Confederation College’s Film Production program then transferred to Lakehead University where I completed a double major in Indigenous Learning and Philosophy with an English minor. I have worked as a research assistant on four Indigenous community based research projects and was a member of Lakehead’s varsity cross country running and ski teams throughout my undergrad.

  • Jane Shulman

    Jane Shulman

    Knowledge Mobilization

    Jane Shulman is a Research Assistant with the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Īthiniwakproject, and a student in the M.A. in Cultural Studies program at the University of Winnipeg. She is researching Indigenous knowledge mobilization and communications strategies for the project. A trained journalist, Jane has worked in NGO and academic settings for 20 years, focusing on women’s and queer people’s health, and environmental protection.

    Before joining the University of Winnipeg, Jane was the Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Canadian Women’s Health Network, and worked on research projects at McGill, UBC, and University of Manitoba.

  • Britney Weber

    Britney Weber

    Archaeology Team

    Fascinated with anthropology and archaeology from a young age, I took as many courses as possible in high school that related to those fields, which then lead to my degree in university. I recently graduated from Brandon University with a degree in Anthropology. In my honors thesis I analyzed lithic materials that were surface collected in the Winnipegosis region of Manitoba. I feel fortunate to have done my archaeological field school at Camp Hughes, a National Historic Site, in regards to Canada’s involvement in WWI and trench warfare. I was able to gain a great deal of experience in lithic identification through a course called Rural Museum Archaeological Outreach. This course had several students, including myself, analyze the precontact indigenous artifacts of three museums in southwestern Manitoba. My interests are in archaeology, lithic analysis, bioarchaeology, linguistics/languages, plains pottery, and museum studies. I am excited to be part of this amazing project and look forward to the outcomes!

  • Waylon Wilson

    Waylon Wilson

    Production Team

    To come.