Kelly Crawford

Assistant Director | Indigenous Initiatives | U of T Scarborough

Kelly Crawford is a citizen of M’Chigeeng First Nation. She holds a Master of Arts-Integrated Studies degree with a concentration in culture and education from Athabasca University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Nipissing University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Native Studies from Laurentian University. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Human Studies program at Laurentian University. She is the former principal of academics at Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute and faculty liaison with Queen’s University. She is the author of the ‘We Are All Treaty People’ teacher’s kit, Kindergarten to Grade 8; ‘Gdoo-Sastamoo Kii Mi, Understanding our Nation-to-Nation Relationship: a Practical Teachers Resource Guide’; Dakota Talks About Treaties; Alex Shares His Wampum Belt; and contributes to various curriculum projects in Ontario. Recent awards include the Premier’s Award for Community Service (2016), Canadore College 2017 Inductee into Alumni Hall of Fame and 40 Under Forty (2017). She is the former Director of Education for the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body. Ms. Crawford is currently the Assistant Director of Indigenous Initiatives with the University of Toronto.

Professor Maydianne Andrade

Vice-Dean Faculty Affairs | Equity & Success | U of T Scarborough

Maydianne Andrade is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Andrade uses black widow spiders as models for understanding how selection shapes traits related to mating, affecting species diversification and adaptive plasticity. She was named a Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology, and elected to the American Academic of Arts & Sciences, among other recognitions. As a Vice-Dean, she promotes the hiring, retention, and success of a diverse and inclusive faculty. Recent outreach includes hosting an episode of the Nature of Things (First Animals), and dialogue on Darwin for CBC’s Ideas. Most recently, Professor Andrade has hosted a podcast called “The New Normal, created in collaboration with the University of Toronto Communications team led by producer Lisa Lightbourn, with a focus on life during the pandemic and acting with intentionality to ensure we build a more just society.

Dr. Lana Ray

Assistant Professor | Department of Indigenous Learning | Lakehead University

Lana Ray, PhD is an Anishinaabe scholar from Opwaaganasiniing. Dr. Ray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning at Lakehead University and has prior experience working in public and not-for profit sectors-with over a decade of experience working with Indigenous peoples and communities to implement Indigenous community-based approaches to research. She is committed to the use of Anishinaabe pedagogical practice in her classroom and her work seeks to advance Indigenous social, cultural and political realities through resurgent and decolonial praxis.

Currently, Dr. Ray is the principal investigator on the CIHR funded project, “Investigating Food Sovereignty as a Best Practice Framework for Health Interventions in Rural and Urban Hubs in Northern Ontario,” and the co-principal investigator on the 5 year CIHR funded project, “Educating for Equity: Building Culturally Safe Care through Indigenous Narratives.” She also recently completed two province-wide projects which support meaningful indigenization of post-secondary education through enhanced Indigenous student transitions and Indigenous quality assurance.

She has published in a number of national and international peer reviewed journals which include Global Health Promotion, AlterNative, The International Review of Qualitative Research, Canadian Woman Studies, and Canadian Journal of Native Education. Her research interests include Indigenous research methodology, Indigenous ways of knowing and storytelling, Indigenous food sovereignty and health, Indigenous eco-feminism, and Indigenization and reconciliation.

Romeo Fournier

Indigenous Academic Advisor & Career Strategist | Academic Advising and Career Centre | U of T Scarborough

Romeo Fournier is currently employed with the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) as an “Indigenous Academic Advisor & Career Strategist” .  An Ontario certified educator, he has spent much of his career living and working in rural Indigenous communities in Canada’s north, working closely with First Nations and Inuit learners of all ages. It was from these experiences that his passion and advocacy for working with Indigenous learners at the Secondary and Post-Secondary levels was galvanized.  As part of his professional practice, Romeo has employed a community-based, collaborative approach to student success by creating space for students, parents, teachers, and Elders to explore personalized pathways toward meeting curricular outcomes, through tangible educational experiences. In doing so, empowering and enabling students to interact, engage, and play a critical role in the revitalization and sustaining of traditional and cultural skills.

Currently, Mr. Fournier is actively involved in various initiatives and committees designed to support and embrace Indigenous knowledge systems and student transition to Post-Secondary studies and beyond. He looks to continue to embrace a holistic approach to student academic success which acknowledges the interconnected and intersecting realities of student life. In doing so, support the personal, cultural, and professional growth of all students at UTSC, allowing them to find their passion and pathway toward academic excellence and life-long learning.

Juanita Muise

Coordinator of Indigenous Engagement | Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing | U of T Scarborough

Juanita Muise also known as Shining Moon Woman is the Indigenous Engagement Coordinator within the Office of Student Experience and Wellbeing at UTSC. She loves helping students in all aspects of their learning journey and has spent the majority of her career in the education industry, specializing in areas of Aboriginal Education and leadership. Juanita is also passionate about sharing her gifts and knowledge and building bridges towards a more inclusive learning environment at UTSC.

Professor Danielle Kwan-Lafond

Assistant Professor | Department of Sociology  | U of T Scarborough

Professor Dani Kwan-Lafond is a mixed-race woman born in Treaty 4 territory (Saskatchewan) who has lived in Tkaronto (Toronto) for many years. Her teaching and research interests include social inequality, Indigenous studies, race/racism, youth studies, and the sociology of education. Her courses often involve guests, collaborators and/or hands-on activities that enhance students’ understandings of difficult material. She was formerly the Coordinator of the Indigenous Studies certificate program at Centennial College, where she helped create a free online eTextbook available to all learners in Canada.