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Meet the Staff

About 70 per cent of staff at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) are intergenerational Survivors, 60s scoop Survivors, and other Indigenous Peoples. Our staff brings with them a rich diversity of experiences, perspectives and knowledge from their Nations and communities across Canada. Over 50 per cent of the NCTR leadership team are women.

The NCTR also relies heavily on additional human resources provided at the University of Manitoba (UM) and other partner institutions and we are grateful for their generous support and contributions.

Our Team

Meet our team and learn more about our roles at the NCTR.

Stephanie Scott

Executive Director

Stephanie Scott is currently the Executive Director of the NCTR. She is coming to this role from her past position…

Stephanie Scott is currently the Executive Director of the NCTR. She is coming to this role from her past position as Director of Operations with the NCTR where she oversaw all budgeting and financial commitments of the NCTR, along with human resources activities. Prior to joining the NCTR team, Stephanie worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) as the Manager of Statement Gathering: she was responsible for the gathering and documenting of ‘Residential School Survivors’ audio and video recorded statements. In addition to this role while at the TRC, Stephanie served as Executive Assistant to the Chair of the TRC where she learned invaluable leadership skills. Prior to her work with the TRC, Stephanie enjoyed a long and successful career operating her own production business, which she still oversees part-time. Through her past and current work with residential school Survivors, Stephanie experiences first hand their strength, courage and resilience as they overcome many challenges and pass these teachings onto the next generation.

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Grace Redhead

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Grace Redhead is Executive Assistant to the Director of NCTR. Grace graduated from the University of Winnipeg where her studies…

Grace Redhead is Executive Assistant to the Director of NCTR. Grace graduated from the University of Winnipeg where her studies focused on residential school history. Prior to joining NCTR Grace worked with Nijimahkwa’s afterschool programs that encouraged Indigenous culture and language. She also volunteered with the TRC during the Winnipeg events and stayed connected with the TRC throughout its journey. Grace joined the NCTR team in July of 2017 to contribute to the preservation of history and the sharing of the many stories that were shared during the TRC and the stories that continue to be shared with NCTR .

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Raymond Frogner

Head of Archives

Raymond Frogner is the Head of Archives. Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia Raymond received his Master of Arts degree…

Raymond Frogner is the Head of Archives. Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia Raymond received his Master of Arts degree in Labour History form the University of Victoria and a Master of Archival Studies degree from University of British Columbia. His graduate work focused on archives and Indigenous identity. He continues to research and publish on archival issues with a focus on Indigenous societies, identity and memory. Raymond joined NCTR in 2016 as the Head of Archives. Raymond is responsible to respectfully honour, safeguard and when appropriate, make available the records acquired by the TRC and additional records of enduring value for Indigenous peoples.

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Lisa Thompson

Administrative Assistant to the Head of Archives

Lisa Thompson is the Administrative Assistant to the Head of Archives. She has over 15 years experience in various administrative…

Lisa Thompson is the Administrative Assistant to the Head of Archives. She has over 15 years experience in various administrative roles ranging from reception to human resources to customer service representative to purchasing. Lisa is Anishinaabe and her family is from the interlake region of Manitoba. As a ’60s scoop and intergenerational Survivor, she has a lot of empathy and respect for Survivors who have gone through so much and are still able to share their experiences with dignity and honour. She is currently working towards learning more about her culture and reconnecting with her community.

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Emmanuel Modozie

Finance/Contract Manager

Emmanuel Modozie is currently the Finance/Contract Manager at NCTR and is an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of…

Emmanuel Modozie is currently the Finance/Contract Manager at NCTR and is an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and obtained his professional designation of CMA, CPA. Beginning his career with a focus on accounting and finance operations through the banking industry; he furthered his expertise in financial analysis through the automobile and retail industries before joining UM and NCTR. Emmanuel is a steward for sound financial management focusing on supporting and educating the university community on guidelines and functions related to fund management. Emmanuel has understanding and empathy for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada experience.

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Christine Lenze

Governance Secretary

Christine Lenze (Bear Clan) is an Anishinaabe band member of Long Plain First Nation in Treaty 1. After living in Southern…

Christine Lenze (Bear Clan) is an Anishinaabe band member of Long Plain First Nation in Treaty 1. After living in Southern Ontario for over 10 years where she worked on several projects aimed at addressing Indigenous homelessness, she moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to her home community. Christine has studied at the University of Winnipeg where she majored in Psychology and English Literature, and subsequently at the University of Guelph’s School of Literature and Performance Studies in English. She sits on the Board of Directors for CECHO (Center of Excellence on Community Healing Organization) as well as several committees.

 

Christine is also an avid video game player and cat lover. She lives in Winnipeg with her partner, two children, and her cats.

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Brooke Bunn

Commemoration and Community Engagement Liaison Officer

Brooke Bunn is a Commemoration and Community Engagement Liaison Officer at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). She works…

Brooke Bunn is a Commemoration and Community Engagement Liaison Officer at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). She works with communities across Canada to enhance, develop and sustain commemoration and community engagement activities. Originally from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, Brooke is Ojibway and an intergenerational survivor. She holds two Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology and Microbiology from the University of Manitoba and a Human Resources Management Certificate from Red River College. Prior to coming to work at the NCTR, Brooke worked as an HR Advisor Indigenous HR Support at the University of Manitoba and coordinated the Indigenous Summer Student Internship Program. She has held various positions with the provincial government and federal government throughout her career and has been a member of Anishinabe Toastmasters since 2012.

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Jesse Boiteau

Senior Archivist

Jesse Boiteau is the Senior Archivist and member of the Métis Nation. He completed his Masters in Archival Studies at…

Jesse Boiteau is the Senior Archivist and member of the Métis Nation. He completed his Masters in Archival Studies at UM, focusing on the intersections between Western archival theory and practice, and Indigenous notions of archives and memory to shed light on how the NCTR can accommodate and blend multiple viewpoints in its processes. Jesse works within a close archives team to process the records collected by the TRC, make new collections available online and respond to access requests from residential school Survivors. He is also continually researching ways to leverage new technologies to honour the experiences and truths of Survivors through innovative and participatory archival practices.

 

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Chris Zaste

Digital Archive Assistant

Chris Zaste is a Digital Archive Assistant at the NCTR. He works on preserving digital records and taking in new…

Chris Zaste is a Digital Archive Assistant at the NCTR. He works on preserving digital records and taking in new ones. He graduated with his MA from the Archival Studies program at UM and wrote his thesis on the challenges of digital preservation.

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Karen Ashbury

Reference and Access Archives Assistant

Karen Ashbury is a Reference and Access Archivist at the NCTR. She manages and coordinates reference requests made to NCTR…

Karen Ashbury is a Reference and Access Archivist at the NCTR. She manages and coordinates reference requests made to NCTR Archives, including requests made by residential school Survivors and their families. Originally from Fort Frances, Ontario, Karen completed her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology at Queen’s University. Her prior experience includes working as a collections manager for a small community museum and archives and with the National Museum of Bermuda. Prior to joining the NCTR, Karen worked as an archivist at the NWT Archives in Yellowknife, where she conducted research and was responsible for the coordination of reference requests made by residential school Survivors that attended residential schools in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

 

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Kimberley Hayden

Research and Access Archives Assistant

Kimberley Hayden is a Research and Access Archivist with NCTR where she supports residential school Survivors, their families and communities…

Kimberley Hayden is a Research and Access Archivist with NCTR where she supports residential school Survivors, their families and communities with access to the archives through research. She completed a Master of Education at the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Graduate Diploma in Art Education at Concordia University, Montréal. Kimberley has worked with the collections and holdings of various organizations, in roles that honour and support Indigenous perspectives. As a reflective practice, she puts needle and brush to canvas creating beaded artworks, some of which rest in private and public collections. She is a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation, Redboine Local.

 

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Carmen Miedema

Digital Archive Assistant

Carmen Miedema is a Nehiyaw woman and mother of four from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Carmen currently…

Carmen Miedema is a Nehiyaw woman and mother of four from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Southern Saskatchewan. Carmen currently works as a Digital Archive Assistant at the NCTR where she concentrates predominantly on the care of the Centre’s material object collections. Carmen holds a B.A. (Hons) in History and Anthropology from Brandon University; a M.A. in Archival Studies from the University of Manitoba, and is in the second year of her Ph.D. program through the Native Studies department at the University of Manitoba. Her master’s thesis looked at the need for settler archives to build relationships with Indigenous communities, and how relationships have the potential to benefit not only the archives but more importantly, the communities. Carmen’s PhD is centered around giving archival ownership, control, and access rights back to Indigenous communities and forcing researchers to build community relationships that benefit and uplift community rather than harm them as historically been the case.

 

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Daniel Lovegrove

IT Archives Assistant

Daniel Lovegrove is an IT Assistant to the digital archivists at the NCTR and a member of Long Plain First…

Daniel Lovegrove is an IT Assistant to the digital archivists at the NCTR and a member of Long Plain First Nation. Daniel’s main focus at the NCTR is on writing code to automate repetitive tasks for the Archives team. The software he develops is targeted at reducing the amount of tedious work for the Archives staff and at reducing human errors while working on very large collections of records. Daniel also works on writing code for the NCTR’s various websites. He joined the NCTR Archives team in August 2019. Daniel graduated with a BSc in Computer Engineering from UM in 2019, with a focus on software engineering.

 

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Kaila Johnston

Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming

As the Acting Manager for Education, Outreach and Public Programming (EOPP), Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators,…

As the Acting Manager for Education, Outreach and Public Programming (EOPP), Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to joining the NCTR, Kaila worked with the TRC as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a MSc in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

 

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Sarra Deane

Education Program Coordinator

Sarra Deane is the Education Program Coordinator at the NCTR. Sarra is a facilitator and plays a leading role with…

Sarra Deane is the Education Program Coordinator at the NCTR. Sarra is a facilitator and plays a leading role with the Indigenous Insights professional development training program.  Prior to joining the NCTR, Sarra worked with the Indigenous Engagement Office at the University of Winnipeg where she worked within a team to advance the University’s commitment to Indigenization through the establishment of Canada’s first University Indigenous Course Requirement. Sarra holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental and Indigenous studies from the University of Winnipeg. As a person of mixed Indian-Anglo descent, with a Newcomer and Settler background, Sarra is keenly aware of the privileges and responsibilities she carries living and working in the traditional territories of Indigenous Nations in Canada.  Sarra is the proud mother of a son and step-mother to three amazing young people whose father’s family comes from Big Grassy River First Nation in Treaty Three territory.

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Jay Nadeau

IT Project Manager

Jay Nadeau the IT Project Manager, is motivated personally and professionally to use his skills as a Project Manager to…

Jay Nadeau the IT Project Manager, is motivated personally and professionally to use his skills as a Project Manager to make a difference and contribute to the truth and reconciliation in Canada. He manages projects to meet NCTR strategic planning goals. Before joining NCTR in 2017, Jay managed IT and communication technology projects for Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering at UM in 2005.

 

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Dennis Anderson

Research Assistant

Dennis Anderson is a Research Assistant at the NCTR. He is from Makeso Sákahikan Ininewak (Fox Lake Cree Nation) and…

Dennis Anderson is a Research Assistant at the NCTR. He is from Makeso Sákahikan Ininewak (Fox Lake Cree Nation) and is married with five adult children, 13 grandchildren and three beautiful great-granddaughters. Dennis is a residential school Survivor and grew up in a hydro-impacted community in Gillam. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Native Studies at UM – due to graduate in 2020. Since joining the NCTR in June 2018, he has worked on several projects, such as missing children and unmarked graves of residential school students, reviewing and captioning residential school photos, reviewing day schools as per the draft settlement, reviewing residential school histories and providing summary narratives.

 

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Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout

Communications Officer

Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout is the Communications Officer for NCTR. Lee-Anne is a proud Métis woman. She grew up in Dauphin…

Lee-Anne Van Buekenhout is the Communications Officer for NCTR. Lee-Anne is a proud Métis woman. She grew up in Dauphin and her Metis community comes from Baie St. Paul MB, and St. Anne’s in southern MB. She has a BA in psychology and business administration from the University of Winnipeg and after years of working in marketing and events for the Winnipeg arts industry, she pursued her MBA in Toronto at the Schulich School of Business. Through her MBA experience, she expanded her knowledge of the need for Indigenous student, faculty and staff voices at post-secondary institutions by participating on the Aboriginal Business Round Table for Cape Breton and met with the Schulich School of Business leadership to examine their Indigenous recruitment initiatives. She supported the Métis community by working for the Métis Nation of Ontario within the Education and Training branch for five years in various roles including partnership and policy development. As the Métis representative, she was a member of the University of Toronto’s Council of Aboriginal Initiatives and the Chair of the University of Ottawa’s Aboriginal Education Council.

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Storm Allard

Receptionist

Storm Allard is the receptionist at the NCTR and is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. He is a graduate of…

Storm Allard is the receptionist at the NCTR and is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg’s Criminal Justice program. Prior to working with the NCTR Storm worked with the Government of Canada and a local pharmacy that serves Indigenous communities in northern Manitoba.

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Karen Meelker

Access and Privacy Officer

Karen Meelker is the Access and Privacy Officer. Karen’s primary responsibilities are to ensure compliance with access to information and…

Karen Meelker is the Access and Privacy Officer. Karen’s primary responsibilities are to ensure compliance with access to information and protection of privacy legislation and to provide a leadership role in risk mitigation activities related to the management of records containing sensitive personal information, including archival holdings and research records. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Brandon University and graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program. Karen also holds a Management Certificate and Human Resources Diploma from the University of Winnipeg.

 

 

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Jeanette Mockford

Access and Privacy Coordinator

Jeanette Mockford is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. She reviews and coordinates access of Centre records for users including…

Jeanette Mockford is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Coordinator. She reviews and coordinates access of Centre records for users including residential school Survivors and their families. Jeanette completed her Master of Arts in Archival Studies at UM. Her prior experience in records spans work in university, private and civic archives, copyright, university records management and access and privacy.

 

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Blake Kent

Access and Privacy Coordinator

Blake Kent is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Assistant. His duties include organizing access requests and reviewing documents for proactive…

Blake Kent is the NCTR’s Access and Privacy Assistant. His duties include organizing access requests and reviewing documents for proactive disclosure. Blake earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a diploma in Aboriginal Self-Government Administration from Red River College.  Prior to joining the NCTR, Blake held a position at Lake St. Martin School. He is a member of the Lake St. Martin First Nation.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.