Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue appoints three new Dialogue Fellows working towards decolonization, reconciliation and Indigenous ways of knowing

June 19, 2023

by Sabrina Azaria

In early 2022, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue appointed three new Dialogue Fellows to lead initiatives that focus on reconciliation and decolonization: Kris Archie, Dr. Karine Duhamel and Lindsay Heller. The appointments reflect the Fellows’ distinguished professional achievements and their work will help shape two new themes in the Centre’s programming: Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Redefining Philanthropy.

Archie, Duhamel and Heller join Ginger Gosnell-Myers, the Centre’s first Indigenous Dialogue Fellow working on urban Indigenous planning, as well as numerous other Dialogue Fellows who are partnering with the Centre to address various issues of fundamental significance to our communities.

Kris Archie

Kris Archie, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts'qescen First Nation, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada where she has built a national member-based organization that is focusing on moving money from settler philanthropy to Indigenous communities, nations, movements and projects. Archie is also an experienced facilitator and teacher, serving as an instructor in SFU's Continuing Studies and recently, as a co-instructor for the Centre’s Semester in Dialogue program on philanthropy. Archie’s fellowship at the Centre will serve as a foundational framework for understanding Indigenous teachings—her work aims to explore Indigenous world-views and to bring Indigenous scholarship in a time and place where the settler-philanthropic sector is trying to make sense of how it remains relevant in the world.

Dr. Karine Duhamel

Dr. Karine Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and was the Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), where she drafted the Final Report and managed the Forensic Document Review Project and the Legacy Archive. Since then, she has focused on this issue in other ways, including as curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, independent consultant for Indigenous women's organizations and most recently, through an appointment within the MMIWG Secretariat with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). During her fellowship, Duhamel will lead and support Indigenous programming and education and consult on relevant Centre projects. Her focus at the Centre will be to work with Indigenous communities and groups to articulate and communicate the importance of different issues including trauma and healing, cultural and personal safety and what it means in diversity-led practice to seek reconciliation.

Lindsay Heller

Lindsay Heller is a Nehiyaw scholar, skilled facilitator and member of the Michel First Nation, who makes her home on unceded Musqueam territory. Heller has supported several post-secondary and government clients engaging in decolonization through a wide variety of dialogues, including her work with the Centre’s Community Responses to Racism, the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and consultations for the Province of British Columbia on emergency public health measures. At the Centre, Heller will create and deliver workshops, professional development opportunities and dialogue circles that weave together Indigenous knowledge and western science. Drawing on her experiences in co-creating and co-teaching several land-based courses for the University of Saskatchewan, as well as her role in developing Indigenous science curriculum in SFU’s Health Sciences Department, these learning opportunities will provide a chance for SFU faculty, professionals and educators of all levels to begin their personal and institutional transformation in reconciliation and decolonization.