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Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, Principal Investigator

Mary Jane McCallum is a member of the Munsee Delaware Nation near London, Ontario. She moved to Manitoba from Ontario in 2001 to undertake a PhD in History at the University of Manitoba. Her academic training focused on Indigenous health, education, and labour history; women’s history; and the history of race and colonization in Canada. Mary Jane continues to teach and conduct research in these areas. Following the completion of her PhD in 2008, she joined the University of Winnipeg Department of History, where she is now an Associate Professor. For list of Mary Jane’s publications and research projects, click here.

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Dr. Scott de Groot, Project Coordinator

Scott de Groot recently completed his PhD in history at Queen’s University. His thesis explores the transnational, intellectual, and communications history of gay liberation activism across the Anglo-American world. Supported by the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities, Scott’s next major research project examines the historical and geographic origins of Two-Spirit as an Indigenous modality of gender and sexual diversity. He has considerable experience with oral history research, and has taught courses in Canadian history and the history of sexuality at Queen’s University and the University of Manitoba.

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Dr. Kathi Avery Kinew, Co-Investigator

Kathi Avery Kinew, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a citizen of the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, Treaty #3, and has worked with and for First Nations and their organizations in Manitoba and Ontario for more than 40 years. She is the Manager, Research & Social Development Initiatives, at Nanaadawewigamig, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat, established by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 2014.  Since 1996, Kathi has taught Native Studies as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.


Dr. Linda Larcombe, Co-Investigator

Linda Larcombe is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Linda is a broadly trained anthropologist whose work is focused on First Nations history, health and collaborative research. Linda’s experience in archaeology, ancient DNA, history, traditional land use studies, medical anthropology, immunogenetics, and research with First Nation communities, brings a unique perspective to investigating the risk factors for infectious diseases. Click here to learn more about Linda’s research interests.


Dr. Nolan Reilly, Co-Investigator

Nolan Reilly is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg. He is a past president of the Canadian Oral History Society and former Co-editor of the Oral History Forum d’historie orale. Nolan first conducted oral history interviews in 1974 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Over the years he has directed university and community oral history projects on a variety of topics, including social movements, labour, women, racial and ethnic identities. Nolan was part of the Oral History Centre / Indigenous Studies project titled “Nindibaajimomin”: Intergenerational Digital Storytelling on the Legacy of Residental Schools. He is currently directing projects on persons with disabilities and United Food and Commercial Workers. For more on Nolan’s research interests, click here.