Students

 

Student 
Year
 Projects & presentations
Keshab Thapa, MNR.M, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Keshab is currently a PhD student supported by the partnership grant. His research areas of interest are Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Indigenous land use planning, participatory biodiversity management, governance in natural resources management, traditional ecological knowledge and local innovations in natural resources management and climate change adaptation.

Master’s thesis: 
Indigenous land rights and Indigenous land use planning: Exploring the relevance and significance to Wasagamack First Nation, northern Manitoba, Canada

Stewart Hill, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Stewart is working at Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the Manitoba northern Chiefs organization from May 2019 as the Senior Research and Policy Analyst. He is a PhD Candidate at the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba under the CREATE H2O program.

FOlarin Solademi, MNRM, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Folarin is a newly admitted Ph.D. candidate at the Natural Resources Institute supported by a partnership grant and Mitacs Canada Internship. His research areas are environmental monitoring and assessment of industrial sites, spatial and index analysis of environmental contaminants in environmental media, and risk assessment. Folarin’s research will also examine water and land resources and their impacts on traditional and sustainable livelihoods in Indigenous communities in Manitoba and Ontario.  His research will include mixed-method research (MMR) in assessing environmental and resource management issues.

Masters Thesis: Environmental study of Mission Industrial Area and South St. Boniface neighbourhood, Winnipeg, Canada

Uche nwankwo, PHD, MNRM Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Dr. Uche Nwankwo is a Master’s student in Natural Resources Management (MNRM) program this year. He is also a Lecturer at the University of Winnipeg and has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agricultural Economics. His research focuses on food security, food safety, food sovereignty, strengthening capacity for promoting and facilitating value chains in the Agri-food Sector to reduce food insecurity and low income. Uche will work with Brokenhead First Nation to help their Indigenous food systems train the trainer program.
Pepper Pritty, R.N., MNRM, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Pepper is a Registered Nurse and practices in the areas of Indigenous and environmental health. With a background in Agriculture and a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, she is currently a doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba studying Indigenous built and social environments. She is passionate about chronic disease prevention and promoting land-based teachings as a source for health and healing.

Master’s thesis: Indigenizing the Healthy Built and Social Environment: A Public Health Case Study of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (OPCN)

A short video  highlighting the impact of a colonial built and social environment from the perspectives of community members in O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (OPCN): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sv4X1WkilA  

 

Tomi Oloke, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

TAYZIA TREa STORMHUNTER, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Tayzia has roots that originate from Bay Mills First Nations Community and grew up in Alberta and British Columbia. She is semi-fluent in her Anishinaabe Language. She has over ten years of teaching and leadership experience. She has six years of curriculum development experience, including developing two fully accredited diploma programs in Canada. Most recently she has taught in Shenzhen, China teaching and developing all of the curricula for the Integrated Studies courses, a Senior Research Project Course, and the senior Media Studies course. She was also the Head Teacher and was qualified as being a Foreign Expert for YuCai International Department. She has led youth on work experience and experiential learning projects that also make a greater contribution to the community.

Tayzia is a Ph.D. Candidate at Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba supported by the partnership grant.  Her research proposal- First Nations Philanthropy Engagement Research Project First Nations Philanthropy Engagement Research Project 

James Kweskikaapo, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Justin Loma, PHD Candidate

Current

University of Manitoba

Justin is a Phd student at Faculty of Architecture- University of Manitoba. His research aims to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge of land use, community planning,  and housing design to develop educational tools to be used in designing sustainable housing design which are adaptive and resilient to climate change.

His interest is to find ways to minimize the cost of importing design skills, building construction knowledge and materials to the First Nations of Garden Hill and Wasagamack. He would like to understand how locally those First Nations design and build their communities and how their Indigenous and the traditional Knowledge can best be used to support their effort to design and construction the four buildings: D-Log Cabins, church and the two project houses.

 Christopher Haney

Current

University of Manitoba

I am currently a master’s student in the MNRM program. I have a background in social work, with an interest in Indigenous sovereignty and eco-social work. In particular, I would like to further research current and future possibilities of the implementation of eco-literacy within an anti-colonial framework.
Uriel jelin

Current

University of Manitoba

 Uriel arrived from Argentina with a BA in Non-For-Profit Management and a background in Market Research. He worked at the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. (ILDI), a non-profit organization, for the World Indigenous Business Forum (2016-2020) before joining the MNRM program at the University of Manitoba.
Uriel is passionate about working with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds. During the COVID-19 crisis, he went back to school and attended a Certification in Economic Development at the University of Waterloo. His research interest is in Sustainable Community, Business Development & Social Enterprises, Indigenous Economic Development & Entrepreneurship, connecting business opportunities and food security solutions.
Panos Polyzois

Current

University of Manitoba

Panos is a MITACS E-Accelerate Entrepreneur and new graduate student at the Natural Resource Institute at the University if Manitoba under Dr. Thompson’s supervision. His research passions involve indoor air quality, housing, remediation technology, Reconciliation, environmental management, and sustainability in engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Biosystems Engineering, an Honours Degree in Physics and Astronomy, and is a SERA graduate.
Danielle Desjarlais

 

Current

University of Manitoba

Danielle Desjarlais is a Cree member from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She is currently beginning a Master of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in the Fall of 2020. Danielle is interested in developing a thesis that explores the concept of off-reserve transition spaces for Indigenous students leaving their home communities and moving to the urban context. The architecture will look to traditional building techniques to apply in a contemporary context. Danielle believes that it is valuable to feature and share the pride of Indigenous culture through the built environment; her work draws on regional influences, culture, and relevant histories, as well as in-depth consultation with community voices to identify user needs that inform design.
catrina Sellase

 

University of Manitoba

Catrina is a Masters of Interior Design candidate at the University of Manitoba. Her Masters Practicum focuses on Indigenous interiors, specifically on improving housing solutions in remote Indigenous communities. Prior to Catrina’s work at the University of Manitoba, she obtained her Bachelor of Interior Design at Sheridan College. Catrina’s BID thesis included the researching and designing of an Indigenous Student Education Centre within the city of Mississauga.

Garden Hill First Nation and Wasagamack First Nation Final Drawing Set:

Final Housing Design Garden Hill First Nation

Jason Surkan

 

University of Manitoba

Jason Surkan is Métis from Kistapinânihk (Prince Albert), Northern Saskatchewan. He is a member and Vice President at his home community Fish Lake Métis Local #108 and the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan. Jason Surkan holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from Carleton University. He previously studied Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, Architecture at the University of British Columbia and is recently completed his thesis for a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) degree at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He holds a University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. His work and research focus on community-led remote housing and community development.
More information about a Métis Architectural Research project, as a Graduate Assistant with David T Fortin Architect, can be found here: https://metisarchitect.com/

Boreal Builders: Exploring sustainable housing design in remote First Nation communities through participatory planning and training- DRAFT

Lakeisha
Barkman

Current

University of Manitoba

Presentation: “Housing, Water and Sewer in Garden Hill First Nation” 

CBC article
https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/garden-hill-first-nations-drinking-water-1.4907864
JEROME HARPER

Current

University of Manitoba

Presentation: Sewer and Water Retrofit of Housing: From Pails to Cisterns in Wasagamack Island Lake

Article: http://news.umanitoba.ca/first-nations-and-students-collaborate-on-cleaner-water/

Wasagamack Community Futures Application 2019

Mitik Corporation Business Plan

Anna neil

Current

University of Winnipeg

I am a proud Anishinaabe woman from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. I completed my Education degree in April 2017. I am currently completing my first year in the Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance program. Before returning back for my masters, I was honoured to work for Seven Oaks School Division, as well as Red River College and I have enjoyed working in a variety of capacities supporting the Indigenous community through social services and community organizations.

My proposed Master’s research is designed to pilot test and develop Indigenous land-based high school level Indigenous food systems-focused curriculum in Garden Hill First Nations (GHFN) in Northern Manitoba by building on Indigenous food knowledge and a participatory community-based approach.

Kaylee Michnik, R.D, MNRM

 

University of Manitoba

Kaylee is a Registered Dietitian with a masters in Natural Resources Management working in Public Health Nutrition. She has a special interest in food security, food sovereignty, Indigenous and community health and wellbeing, health equity and sustainable agriculture.

Master’s thesis:  Reclamation, participation and self-determination: Land-based learning and community gardening and farming in Garden Hill First Nation

Story map: A Healing Journey by Canoe Story Map 

PresentationHealing Journey by Canoe

Rezwanul Hoque, MNRM

 

University of Manitoba

Rezwanul’s research areas of interest are housing crisis, Indigenous housing policy, homelessness, social enterprise and economic development. With a background in Development Studies and a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, he is passionate about sustainable economic growth in small communities. Before coming to Canada, Rezwanul worked with Bangladesh Climate Change Cell and European Union and helped develop small businesses in flood displaced communities in Bangladesh. He is currently working in the partnership.

Master’s thesis: Waakia’ligan: Community Voices on Housing at Garden Hill First Nation

Kaoru suzuki, mnrm

 

University of Manitoba

Master’s thesis: Interface the land: nature-based performance art
Noah Mckay

 

University of Saskatchewan Noah completed the Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (KA) certificate program at the University of Saskatchewan. This is the first level to attaining the Professional Land Manager Certification. Noah aims to complete the second level of the Professional Land Manager Certification Program (PLMCP) and continue to develop expertise in areas such as lands, natural resources, governance, treaties and other areas that are emerging as key issues in Island Lake communities.
Eva Goulet

University of Brandon

Master’s thesis: Listening to the Voices and Stories of Northern Manitoba Aboriginal Survivors of Spousal Violence: A Case Study of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Cross Lake, Northern Manitoba 

 

Current

University of Manitoba

Reanna Merasty is a Masters of Architecture student in the Department of Architecture, working with Professor Lancelot Coar,has begun to carry out research on Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nation on a wide range of research topics grounded in local knowledge and histories. Her focus will be in developing approaches and methods that should be considered in the
collaborative work with these communities. The research will be compiled into a document to assist with an architecture studio in 2020/2021, that will allow the students to gain insight on the two communities addressing the topic of housing and infrastructure.
bABAJIDE dAVID oNI

 Current

University of Manitoba

Babajide is a graduate student in Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba. In terms of personality, he is resilient, output-oriented and focused on making impact in terms of community development, capacity building and sustainability management.

Over the course of his program at the NRI, Babajide will be basing his thesis on the impact of community-led capacity building across Canada: Boreal Home Builders as a Case Study. This research will be useful in guiding government sponsorship for the Indigenous communities, modify or reinforce community-led capacity building strategy and contribute to the achievement of some SDGs among indigenous communities and other part of the world.

Zack flett

 

University of Manitoba

Waaka’ Iigan Cooperative Business Plan

 

Signey Barager

 

University of Manitoba

Eco-Canada

Signy is currently completing her honours undergraduate degree in Environmental Health at the University of Manitoba. She is passionate about public health and its relationship with environmental exposures (air, water, food, pollutants), communicable and non-communicable disease, global environmental changes, and socio-economic determinants of health. To further her studies, Signy is planning to pursue a Master’s of Epidemiology or Environmental Health.
Diana Fernández
Mitacs
Globalinks

Diana and Jingwen contributed to the development of a business plan for a First Nation Housing and Sawmill not-for-profit registered company.

Learn more about the Mitacs program

 Jingwen

Mitacs
Globalinks
Learn more about the Mitacs program
Qinhan Zou

Mitacs
Globalinks

Qinhan is our this year’s MITACS Globalinks scholar from Beijing Normal University. With a major in Educational Technology, she is interested in the exploration of the differences between Chinese and foreign education, particularly Canadian education. She will work in the partnership for the next 16 weeks to assist curriculum development for community-based post-secondary training in Garden Hill Frist Nation and Wasagamack First Nation.

Learn more about the Mitacs program

 


Island Lake Permaculture Course

In spring 2017, five students from Island Lake First Nation joined students from the University of Manitoba to complete an internationally recognized permaculture design certificate. These students worked together to produce a permaculture design for St. Theresa Point Adelaide McDougall Memorial Health Facility and Meechim Farm Inc. in Garden Hill First Nation. These designs promote culture, language, community economic development, traditional food, health, environmental sustainability and more. Congratulations!

Permaculture Design Certificate Course Manual

Island Lake permaculture graduate Students:

Ivan Harper
Josh Harper
Leah Flett
Cheyanne Mason-Harper
Larry Wood

Documents:

  1. Meechim Farm: A Case Study of Applying an Environmental Farm Plan
  2. St. Theresa Point Adelaide McDougall Memorial Health Facility Permaculture Design
  3. Meechim Farm- Kistiganwacheeng Permaculture Design 2017

 

Students of Mino Bimaadiziwin Homebuilders (MB Builders) Program- Wasagamack First Nation

   

 Students
Projects/Certificates
william harper
Certificates: Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
JASON KNOTT
Certificates: Wilderness First Aid,  Small Motors, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Zacharias Harper
Certificates: Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
 Linden Comber
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
ALEX HARPER
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
COLLEN HARPER
Standard First Aid.
kEISHTIN HARPER
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
DANNY HARPER
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
KAIGE KENO
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
PETER KNOTT
Wilderness First Aid,  Job Readiness.
BRETT MASON
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
Trenton McDougall
Certificates: Wilderness First Aid, Job Readiness, Construction Safety.
BRANDON MCDOUGALL
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
JOHN S. MCDOUGALL
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
STEVE MCDOUGALL
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
SHANE MCDOUGALL
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
Greg harper
Small Motors, Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation, Standard First Aid.
RILEY WOOD
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Trenton Harper

Roxanne and Trenton

Presentation: Mino Bimaadiziwin education, culture and business centre: Building culture, capacity and a future for youth in Island Lake

Certificates: Wilderness First Aid, Chainsaw Operation.

roxanne harper

Watch Roxanne and Trenton present their proposal-
Video: Mino Bimaadiziwin education, culture and business centre
 Funding Proposal: Mino Bimaadiziwin Education, Culture and Business CentreCertificates: Wilderness First Aid, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
ashley harper
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
erwin harper
Wilderness First Aid,  Forestry 2,  Small Motors, Chainsaw Operation.
tyson harper
Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
samson harper
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Chainsaw Operation.
madeline knott
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation.
Cameron nattaway
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lockout Tagout.
DaVin Harper
 Wilderness First Aid
Donovan Harper
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness.
Kenny Harper
Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness.
Lila Harper
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness.
Trenton McDougall
Wilderness First Aid, Job Readiness, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid.
Chrystynson Mason
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Small Motors.
Lambert Mason
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Small Motors.
Ethan McDougall
Wilderness First Aid.
Corrianne Wood
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Small Motors, Job Readiness.
Brandon Harper
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.

Students of Mino Bimaadiziwin Homebuilders (MB Builders)- Garden Hill First Nation

Students

Projects/ Certificates

Erin Kaitlyn Wood

Funding Proposal: Sikoopeeng Inc.

Certificates: Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.

Sherman Beardy
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Blaise Colton Fiddler
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Patrick Donald Day
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety.
 Byron Flett
 Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Nathan Willard Harper
 Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Erwin Jeff Monias
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Geraldine Wood
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety.
Brian Douglas Hastings
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Lockout Tagout.
Johnson McKay
 Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout.
Derrick Kelvin McPherson
 Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Lockout Tagout .
Stanley Mitchell Robinson
  Wilderness First Aid,  Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety.
 lORRAINE BARKMAN
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights.
fRANKLIN BEARDY
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
TRENT HARPER
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
IVAN LOONFOOT
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
CORDELL WOOD
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
GEORDIE WOOD
Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights, Standard First Aid, Lockout Tagout.
JOHN CHARLES HOULE

Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
Joel Chad Flett
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Chainsaw Operation.
Abraham Leo Harper
 Forestry 1.
Karen Nancy Harper
 Wilderness First Aid, Job Readiness, Small Motors.
Bradley Charles Hastings
 Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Chainsaw Operation.
John Charles Houle
Wilderness First Aid, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
Chelsey Andrea Mason
Wilderness First Aid,  Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation.
Stanford Bradley McKay
Wilderness First Aid,  Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation.
Rachel Mary Barkman
Wilderness First Aid.
Billy John Beardy
Wilderness First Aid.
 Dillon Ernest Beardy
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation.
 Ryan Beardy
Wilderness First Aid, Small Motor, Forestry 2, Chainsaw Operation.
CAMERON FONTAINE
Wilderness First Aid, Forestry 1, Forestry 2, Small Motors, Job Readiness, Chainsaw Operation, Lumber Grading, Basic Work Safety, Working in Heights.