Canadian Reconciliation Barometer

Boozhoo, tansi, kíl 'láa, & hello from our team!

Last month the goal of our newsletter was to convey our many thanks to all the people and organizations that have helped us along the way. Following up on our New Year’s resolution to stay in touch more, today we’d like to introduce ourselves. Funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight grant, we are:

  • Katherine Starzyk, Principal Investigator & Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Manitoba

  • Ry Moran, Collaborator & Associate University Librarian - Reconciliation, University of Victoria

  • Dean Peachey, Collaborator & formerly Executive Director, Global College, University of Winnipeg

  • Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, Collaborator & Associate Professor and Indigenous Academic Lead, University of Winnipeg

  • Katelin Siemens Neufeld, Postdoctoral Fellow and Mitacs Industrial Intern, Psychology, University of Manitoba

  • Iloradanon Efimoff, Ph.D. Candidate & Vanier Scholar, Psychology, University of Manitoba

  • Aleah Fontaine, Ph.D. Student & Vanier Scholar, Psychology, University of Manitoba

We are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis nation; Victoria, British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples and meeting place of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, and; New Hamburg, Ontario, part of the Dish and One Spoon treaty and the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples.

Approximately half of us are Indigenous (Anishinaabe, Cree, Haida, and Métis) and half non-Indigenous (English, French, German, Irish, Mennonite, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Scottish, among other identities we're still trying to understand).

Collectively, our team has expertise in psychology, Indigenous studies, and political science/history, a lived understanding of Canada’s colonial projects, a deep understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ varied and rich cultural traditions, and related intergroup relations expertise. These diverse academic and personal backgrounds have informed our work. In coming months, we’ll provide more information through newsletters and a website.

In the spirit of relationship, keep an eye out for a future newsletter in which we’ll describe how you can help us highlight some of the great work you’re doing.

Next, in our February newsletter, we’ll update you on the progress of our project. We hope you’ll continue with us on this journey.

Best wishes,

The Canadian Reconciliation Barometer Team