CHRR - The Centre for Human Rights Research
Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette


On March 13, 2015, Dr. Sherry Farrell Racette will give a talk titled "Not Reconciled: Indigenous Artists and Residential Schools." This talk is part of Critical Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation, a free public seminar series hosted by the Centre for Human Rights Research.  

Athabasca oil sands: Feb. 25

A Double-Bind: Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands in Fort Chipewyan 

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Time: 11:30-12:20 pm
Location: 2nd Floor Boardroom, ASC - Migizii Agamik at U of M

Dr. Stéphane Lachlan is a full professor who joined the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of Manitoba in 2003, having previously been cross-appointed in the Environmental Science Program and Department of Botany. His teaching and research focus on the interface between the biological and social sciences, and his research group is particularly interested in community centered and action research with farmers, rural communities, and First Nations across western North America, Europe, and Asia. A broad range of research approaches are used to achieve these project outcomes including vegetation and seed bank sampling, geomatics, mail-out questionnaires, individual and group interviews, participatory mapping, and research video. He and graduate students in his lab actively collaborate with rural and Aboriginal communities and stakeholders across North America and researchers from Alberta, , Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba,. They recently released a research video on GM crops (Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology, and the New Face of Agriculture; to critical acclaim and it is now being distributed and viewed around the world. Stéphane is always interested in exploring graduate research opportunities with highly motivated and progressive students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and interests. Dr. McLachlan currently teaches courses in activism, environmentalism and qualitative research methods. 

Dr. McLachlan was a lead researcher in a study that found high level of contaminants in wild animals harvested around Fort Chipewyan, linking the upstream oilsands industry to potential health impacts when people in the community consume too much of certain wild meats. A controversial study, it has led to much public dialogue and debate on the issue. He will speak on the issue and the response in his talk at the University of Manitoba. 

For more information contact Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, UMNATV Colloquium Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Art after Oka: Mar. 4

Art After Oka: Poetics and Politics in Indigenous Art

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 11:30 am -12:20 pm
Location: 2nd Floor Boardroom, ASC - Migizii Agamik at U of M

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe word and image warrior, curator, community animator, arts consultant and Idle No More organizer from Beausoleil First Nation. She was the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto and Curator in Residence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery who has over 15 years experience in the arts sector of Canada. 

Wanda has worked in non-profit arts organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, ANDPVA, Peterborough Arts Umbrella, imagineNative film and media arts festival, ReFrame, and LIFT. She has also been published in many books and magazines including C magazine, Fuse, Muskrat, the book Women in a Globalizing World: Equality, Development, Diversity and Peace and This is an Honour Song: Twenty Years since the Blockades and co-edited InTensions journal on The Resurgence of Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Resistance in Relation to Land and Territoriality: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. She is also a member of the Kino-nda-niimi Collective which edited the nationally renowned collection The Winter We Danced: The Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement. 

For more information contact Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, UMNATV Colloquium Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


CREATE H20 term position

The CREATE H2O program is seeking a temporary program co-ordinator from February 2 to June 5, 2015, to fill in during a parental leave. 

The position from February 2 to June 5, 2015 is full-time (35 hrs/week) and work duties will focus on co-ordinating student projects, communication with First Nations collaborators, co-organizing the CREATE H2O conference (to be held June 1, 2015), and administrative duties such as booking flights, hotel rooms, processing of receipts and other.

Salary ranges from $25.54 to $33.06 an hour (AA2), depending on qualifications and experience.

Individuals interested in the position should send their resume to Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found. 

Mothers' darlings: Mar. 11

Mothers' Darlings: Children of Indigenous Women and World War II American Servicemen in NZ and the South Pacific 

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 2nd Floor Boardroom, ASC - Migizii Agamik at U of M

Dr. Angela Wanhalla teaches New Zealand, Canadian and Maori history at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Of Ngāi Tahu descent (Taumutu and Otakou), Angela grew up in the small Canterbury town of Rolleston. Angela’s research focuses on the intersections between gender, race and sexuality in colonial history, with a specific focus on the connections between race and intimacy within and across colonial cultures. Her most recent book is Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (Auckland University Press, 2013), which won the Ernest Scott Prize for best book in Australian and New Zealand history in 2014. Between 2010-2012 she was co-investigator, with Professor Judy Bennett, on an archival and oral history-based research project concerned with exploring the fate of children born of American servicemen and indigenous women in the South Pacific Command during World War II. This project has resulted in a book, a website, and a documentary film.

Angela is now investigating the broader social, legal and cultural legacies of the American occupation of New Zealand in a project (and book) about New Zealand's GI War Brides. The GI Brides project forms one of the key outcomes of her Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2014-19), which focuses on the politics of intimacy, private life and emotion in New Zealand history. Angela is also involved in a number of collaborative research projects. She is working with Dr. Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu, University of Otago) to produce a document source book of Maori women's writings (in te reo and English) from the 19th century. Angela is also a Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (2015-2018) on violence and intimacy in settler societies across the Anglophone Pacific Rim between 1830 and 1930. She is also an active member of the University of Otago’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture.

Information on Dr. Wanhalla and her research record can be found here:

"Honouring Past, Looking Future: The 40th Anniversary of the U of M Department of Native Studies 2014-2015 Colloquium Series"

For more information contact Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, UMNATV Colloquium Coordinator at


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