Tareyn Johnson is an Anishnaabekwe and member of Georgina Island First Nation. She has her MA in Literature from York University and is a 200 HR Certified Yoga Instructor. Tareyn was previously the Indigenization Coordinator at Georgian College and was responsible for creating a three-year Indigenization Plan and was also a part-time faculty member in the Anishnaabemowin program. In her role as Director of Indigenous Affairs, Tareyn has since developed a three-year Indigenous Action Plan for the University of Ottawa, alongside the Indigenous Affairs team, parts of which are embedded in the uOttawa Official Strategic Plan, Transformation 2030. Tareyn leads the creation and implementation of initiatives, programs and services for Indigenous students, faculty and staff on campus and also manages the human and financial resources associated with Indigenous Affairs at uOttawa, including Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre. Tareyn has worked in Indigenous education and services throughout her professional life and has dedicated her efforts into developing an exceptional post-secondary experience for Indigenous students and staff through consensus-based decision making and community consultation.
Academic Delegate for Indigenous Engagement and Director of the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies
Appointed the Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa, Brenda Macdougall has worked extensively documenting Métis, as well as First Nations, history. Her most recent project is to document the Plains Métis buffalo hunting brigades and older fur trade communities in northern Ontario. She came to the University of Ottawa ten years ago from the University of Saskatchewan where she was a professor of Native Studies. Because of her training and experience, she is deeply committed to engaging with Indigenous communities, organizations and policy makers and regularly works with the Métis Nations of Saskatchewan and Ontario, Métis National Council and makes presentations to this group as well as to the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, federal and provincial deputy ministers of Aboriginal Affairs, the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Coordinator of Mashkawazìwogamig: Indigenous Resource Centre
Victoria is a proud Anishinabekwe from Kitigan Zibi, and currently lives in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. She is the Coordinator with the Mashkawazìwogamig Indigenous Resource Centre and finishing her Nursing BScN program. She finished her Environmental Studies, Pre-Health Sciences, and General Arts programs before taking on nursing. Currently, she is finishing her tenure as the President of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, which would be her third term on the board. For two years prior, she was the Director of Indigenous Health Advocacy. She continues to be a strong advocate for Indigenous peoples, parents in school, and mental health.
Darren Sutherland is Cree, a member of Fort Albany First Nation, who has spent the better part of his life living in the Ottawa area. He developed a passion for language and history at a young age that led him to study linguistics at the University of Ottawa. Darren now works at his alma mater as the Indigenous Community Engagement Officer. His position allows him to regularly liaise with the community to help inform the direction of services and supports available to Indigenous learners on campus. As a member of the Indigenous Affairs team he also assists with Indigenization and cultural awareness efforts at the University.