Tom A. Adami
Tom A. Adami was awarded his masters degree in history and politics from University of Wollongong, Australia. He has worked since 1990 as an information manager when he joined the Dept of Defence in Sydney as records manager and archivist. In 1997 he joined the National Archives of Australia as a research officer in the policy development section where his research involved input towards several major e-records projects in particular the implementation guide for the Australian records management standard AS4390.
In 1999 he joined the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [ICTR] based in Tanzania as Chief Archivist and head of the Judicial Records and Archives Unit. He subsequently held postings at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and at the UN Archives in New York. Tom co-authored with Martha Hunt the chapter “Reconciliation in Regions Affected by Armed Conflict: The Role of Archives” in the Sept. 2010 published ‘Better Off Forgetting?: Essays on Archives, Public Policy, and Collective Memory’, by Cheryl Avery and Mona Holmlund of University of Saskatchewan.
He has previously presented and written on the archives of the ICTR and the role it has to play in reconciliation amongst communities in post conflict situations. Since May 2010 he returned to UNMIS in Khartoum as the head of the information management unit and is involved with his staff in the implementation of an e-archiving solution to better manage the information of the Mission.
Ramon Albrech Fugueras is a co-founder and former president of the non-governmental organization Archivists Without Borders (1998-2005) and the former coordinator of the Archives and Human Rights seminars held at the World Social Forum (Porto Alegre, 2004) and the Cultural Center of Spain (Montevideo, 2006). He is a member of Archives and Human Rights, a working group of the International Council on Archives. Since 2006 he has been responsible for the recovery and archiving of documents of repressive regimes in Latin America.
He is the author of several tests and archival manuals, and he has been a speaker at numerous international conferences. His latest manual is called “Archives and Human Rights” published in 2008 by the Spanish publisher Trea.
Stephen Augustine is a Curator of Ethnology for Eastern Maritimes, in the Ethnology Services Division of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (since 1996), in Gatineau/Ottawa. He holds a Masters degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa) focusing on traditional knowledge curriculum development in the context of the education system. He has also obtained a B.A in Anthropology and Political Science from St Thomas University (N.B) in 1986.
Over the years, Mr. Augustine has shared his expertise in research and traditional knowledge with many organizations, including government departments, the Assembly of First Nations, and various Aboriginal communities across Canada. He is part of an advisory panel on biodiversity issues and has worked extensively with the United Nations programs on development and the environment. He has been teaching for eight years a sessional course at Carleton University (course: Aboriginal Peoples and the Knowledge Economy). He has been invited as guest speaker at national and international conferences. He has published papers, been recorded for radio programs and various video programs on traditional knowledge, Maritimes history and treaties, and storytelling. He has organized cross-cultural workshops and made presentations to a wide variety of institutions (U.N., federal and provincial departments, universities, museums, UNESCO and The Vatican). His book on the CMC collections (Mi’kmaq & Maliseet Cultural Ancestral Material, Mercury Series, CMC, 2005) has proven a valuable resource for academic researchers and educators alike.
Over the last few years, he has been accredited as an expert witness in various court cases, involving Aboriginal access to resources in the Maritimes, being recognized for his knowledge both of oral history and ethno-history, and of the treaties in the region. He has recently been named the recipient of the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Culture, Heritage and Spirituality and the 2009 New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Dialogue Award. He has also been named (fall 2008) member of the Sectoral Commission for Culture, Communication and Information for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. In his role as a hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and by Elders’ training since an early age, Stephen J. Augustine has a thorough command of traditional practices, his language and the history of his people.
Robert Banno, Founding President of the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre and current President of the Nikkei Place Foundation, was instrumental in the development of Nikkei Place, a Japanese Canadian community complex in Burnaby, BC. Comprising the National Nikkei Heritage Centre, the Japanese Canadian National Museum, Nikkei Home Assisted Living facility and New Sakura-so Seniors Residence, Nikkei Place is Canada’s largest multi-purpose Japanese Canadian community facility.
Mr. Banno is engaged in a business law practice at the law firm of Davis LLP with an emphasis on Aboriginal Law and Mining Law. He represents a number of British Columbia First Nations and Canadian subsidiaries of Japanese corporations in respect of their investments in Canada and has extensive experience in natural resources and land development projects and commercial law.
Karen Busby has been with the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba since 1988. Her teaching and research interests include constitutional law (federalism, Aboriginal Constitutional Law and the Charter), gender issues (with a particular focus on laws on sexual violence, wife abuse, prostitution, sexual orientation and reproduction) and administrative law. Her work as a champion for social justice has been recognized by both the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations and she was named a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2008.
She is the founding Director for the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR). The CHRR organized an academic conference that was held during the TRC’s first National Event in Winnipeg in June 2010.
Daniel J Caron
Dr. Caron was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Canada (Library and Archives Canada) in April 2009. He began his career as an economist at the City Hall of Quebec. He moved to Ottawa in 1982 to work for the federal government where he has spent the last 28 years in various capacities both in Ottawa and regions (Fredericton and Montreal). Dr. Caron occupied various positions with increasing responsibilities in nine different departments. Among other things he has been responsible for records management, access to information and privacy, library services and also served as Chief Information Officer.
Dr. Caron has an MA from Université Laval in Economics and a Ph.D. in Applied Human Sciences (Public Law and Strategic Management) from Université de Montréal. In addition to his organizational experience, he is a seasoned national and international author and speaker on public administration issues. Dr. Caron also taught in several Canadian universities.
Jisgang (Nika Collison) belongs to the Ts’aahl Eagle clan of the Haida nation, to which she and her husband have contributed two beautiful daughters. She’s worked for the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay since 1999, currently as associate curator. She co-chaired the Haida Repatriation and Cultural Committee for ten years and has managed the Skidegate chapter since 1998.
Nika’s past positions include Administrator of Casa Guatemala, a remote orphanage on the Rio Dulce and working for the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in Revenue, Public Relations and as a Cultural Resource Manager. In 2004/05 Nika sat at the Haida Gwaii/QCI Land Use Community Planning Table and at the LUP Process Management Team level, representing the Council of the Haida Nation on Haida Land Use Values.
Nika is honoured to have served on numerous arts/culture panels and juries and to have worked as curator, author or presenter of Haida culture and heritage for several national and international organizations. She holds a diploma in Financial Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is an avid, lifelong student of Haida culture and history. She sits as a director on the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society and leads Hltaaxuulang Gud Ad K’aaju, a traditional Haida dance group. Nika is both student and advocate of Xaayda Kil, the Haida language.
Of Senegalese nationality, Mr. Diène is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques in Paris and holds a Doctorate in Public Law from Panthéon University. Mr. Diène, the former director of the Division of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, was the originator and person responsible for UNESCO’s Intercultural Routes projects: Silk Roads, Slave Route, Faith Roads and Al-Andalus Routes.
Mr. Diène is a member of the following organizations: the International Council of Auroville in India, the Niwano Peace Prize committee in Japan, the Board of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience in the United States, the International Scientific Council for Edgar Morin’s International Research Institute on Civilization Policy and the Board of the Hommes de Parole Foundation.
He was the UN Special Rapporteur for contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance (2002-2008).
He also reported to the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly on visits and investigations regarding racism in the following countries: Canada, Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Mauritania, and the United States.
Doudou Diène is the author of many articles and texts on interreligious and intercultural dialogue, heritage, racism, multiculturalism and identity, most recently including:
- Editorial Director and author of the preface for the Slave Route Project composite work on slavery “From Chains to Bonds: The Slave Trade Revisited,” UNESCO Publishing.
- “La crise identitaire du monde Occidental.” La Revue internationale et stratégique de l’IRIS, No. 75, end of 2009.
- "Silence et Invisibilité: L’enjeu de Mémoire de la domination et de la discrimination" (in Mémoire et Droits Humains. Enjeux et Perspectives pour les Peuples d’Afrique et des Amériques. Switzerland: Éditions d’En Bas.)
Kate Doyle is senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at The National Security Archive. She currently directs the Guatemala Project, which aims to obtain documents on U.S.-Guatemalan relations, and the Mexico Project, an investigation into democracy and human rights in Mexico that has compiled thousands of declassified U.S. and Mexican government documents on Mexico’s history of authoritarianism and democratic transition. She edited two of the Archive's collections of declassified records—Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999 and El Salvador: War, Peace and Human Rights, 1980-1994—and numerous Electronic Briefing Books for the Archive's Web site.
Since 1992, Doyle has worked with Latin American human rights groups, truth commissions and prosecutors to obtain government records from secret archives that shed light on state violence. She has testified as an expert witness in numerous human rights hearings, such as the 2008 trial of Peru’s former President Alberto Fujimori for his role in overseeing military death squads. Doyle also works with citizen groups throughout the region on their campaigns for government transparency, accountability and the right to information, and has written about access to information in Latin America and the United States.
She is a member of the advisory boards of the World Policy Journal, the Journal of the Right to Information, and the Fund for Constitutional Government in Washington. Her articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Boston Globe, World Policy Journal, Current History, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, and other publications. Doyle has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband, Tim Weiner, and their two daughters, Emma and Ruby Doyle.
Georges Erasmus has dedicated much of his life working for justice and healing for the indigenous people of his native Northwest Territories and beyond. A former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he currently serves as Chair of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and is the Chief Negotiator for the Decho First Nations.
Born in Fort Rae, Northwest Territories, Georges Erasmus began his public service in Yellowknife working with the Indian Band Council, the Community Housing Association and the Indian Brotherhood of Northwest Territories (later the Dene Nation), where he would serve as President from 1976 to 1983. Following two terms as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he went on to co-chair the historic Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).
Chief Erasmus holds a number of awards and honours, including Honorary Doctorate of Laws from universities such as Queen’s University, York University, University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, University of Western Ontario (2006), and University of Dundee. He is both a Member and an Officer of the Order of Canada and earned an Aboriginal Achievement Award for Public Service in 1998 and a Public Policy Forum Award for Public Policy Work in 2006.
Mr. Phil Fontaine is a dedicated and highly respected figure in Canada. A proud and active member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, he has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people.
Beginning in the early 1980s, he was elected to positions of leadership- first as Manitoba Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations, then as Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 1991, and finally National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, where he served three non-consecutive terms in office.
As National Chief, Phil Fontaine led the successful resolution and settlement of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy, which led to the historic Apology by the Canadian government, and the eventual establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was also instrumental in the Making Poverty History Campaign, and lobbied for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Mr. Fontaine has received many awards and honours for his work, including numerous honorary degrees and membership in the Order of Manitoba. He now owns and operates Ishkonigan Inc., a consulting and mediation company.
David L. George-Shongo Jr. was the first archivist of the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI) and in this role he was involved in the organization, arrangement and retention of official Seneca Nation records. He was also responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of a record-management and archives program for the Seneca Nation including record retention, preservation activities, and archival practices.
Mofidul Hoque (born 31 December, 1948) earned his MA in Sociology from Dhaka University. He was deeply involved with the national democratic struggle since his student days and took active part in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.
Trudy Huskamp Peterson
Born in Iowa, United States of America, Trudy Huskamp Peterson is an archival consultant and certified archivist. She spent twenty-four years with the U.S. National Archives, including more than two years as Acting Archivist of the United States. After retiring from the U.S. government, she was the founding Executive Director of the Open Society Archives in Budapest, Hungary, and then the director of Archives and Records Management for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
She is a past president of the International Conference of the Round Table on Archives (1993-1995) and the Society of American Archivists (1990-1991) and is currently the chair of the International Council on Archives’ Human Rights Working Group and the chair of the international working group on a standard for access to archives. She consulted with the truth commission in South Africa on its records, the Special Court for Sierra Leone on its access and archives policies, and worked for over three years with the police archives in Guatemala, training the staff in archival processes.
Her full C.V. and many of her publications, including Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions, a study of the records of twenty truth commissions and Temporary Courts, Permanent Records, a study of the records of five temporary international criminal courts, are available at http://www.trudypeterson.com.
Ernie Ingles, (B.A., M.A., M.L.S., F.R.S.C) is currently Vice-Provost at the University of Alberta, with administrative oversight responsibility for the Library System, the Department of Museums and Collections, the Department of Archives and Records Management, the University of Alberta Press, the University Bookstore and University Printing Services. In addition, he is an Executive Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University. He is also the President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Ruth Cameron Medal for Librarianship, the Marie Tremaine Medal for Bibliography, and the Award for Outstanding Librarian, to name a few. In 2001 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Catherine Kennedy is the Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA), a human rights archive based in Johannesburg that has attempted to trace and open up the archive of the South African Truth Commission (TRC), and, more broadly, to raise awareness of the unfinished business of the TRC. Since 2001, SAHA has used South Africa’s freedom of information legislation to test the extent to which the official TRC archive is actually accessible, conducted document collection and truth recovery initiatives, and developed products and publications, all aimed at making more readily accessible to all South Africans the national asset that is the TRC archive.
Catherine holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and, over the past fifteen years, has worked in the South African book trade, developed accessible online library services and information literacy training within universities in the UK, and promoted libraries to support teaching and learning in Zanzibar. Her professional interests revolve around the development of inclusive information services to promote and defend human rights, and foster participatory democracy.
Grace Lile, Director of Operations and Archives at WITNESS, is an archivist with over 20 years experience working with film and video collections, and expertise in digital asset management, preservation-oriented production, and non-fiction film. Prior to joining WITNESS in 2003, Grace spent nine years at CNN, where she established and oversaw the network’s first New York video archive and news library, and two years at the Worldwide Television News Archive. She studied theater and cinema studies at Sarah Lawrence and Hunter Colleges, and received an MS in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute.
She is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Society of American Archivists, and is actively engaged in efforts to promote and support human rights archiving and documentation.
In 2010 Grace was the recipient of the Archival Achievement Award from The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York.
Otilia Lux de Coti
Otilia Lux De Coti is Maya K’iché and a Member of Congress of the Republic of Guatemala for the WINAQ Political Movement. A social leader and politician, she has earned a degree in Education Administration.
Frieda Miller is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. She is responsible for the Centre’s innovative exhibitions, education programs, outreach survivor speakers’ program, public and commemorative events and online resources. The Centre promotes human rights, social justice and genocide awareness. It partners with diverse cultural and community groups and reaches 25,000 students a year.
As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Frieda Miller’s commitment to Holocaust education is deeply rooted in her family’s history.
Judge Stephanie Milroy
Judge Stephanie Milroy (LLB (Auck), LLM, Distinction (Waikato)) is of Tühoe and Ngäti Whakaue tribes of the Maori people of New Zealand. After working in a law firm in private practice she was appointed to the law faculty at Waikato University. While there she held the positions of Director of Graduate Programmes, Chair of Te Piringa (Maori staff committee), delegate to the Academic Board and convenor of academic staff for several law programmes. She developed law programmes at both graduate and undergraduate level in Maori Land Law, Treaty of Waitangi, and Maori Women’s Issues and the Law. She was appointed a judge in 2002 and deputy chair of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2010.
Judge Milroy has presented and published numerous speeches and articles of note on Mäori issues, and has contributed to the Law Commission’s Women’s Access to Justice project. She was a member of the team which coordinated resource management law reform in New Zealand which led to new legislation giving better recognition to Maori resource management concerns. She has also been a member of the governing board of a pan-tribal organisation providing social services to urban Maori, and remains an active participant in the affairs of her own tribes.
Bradford W. Morse is currently the Dean of Law and Professor of Law at the University of Waikato Te Piringa - Faculty of Law in Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand. He remains a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Ottawa where he served in the past as Vice-Dean and Director of Graduate Studies, among a variety of other administrative duties since joining the Faculty in 1976. He has taught a wide variety of courses concerning Canadian and comparative Indigenous law issues, as well as in labour, trusts, property and civil liberties. His career includes appointments as Executive Director of the Native Legal Task Force of British Columbia (1974-75); Research Director of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba (1988-91); and Chief of Staff to the Hon. Ronald A. Irwin, Canadian Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (1993-1996).
He has served as legal advisor to many First Nations as well as national and regional Aboriginal organizations since 1974 in a broad range of constitutional, land claim, governance, economic and treaty issues. He has been a consultant to various royal commissions, government departments, statutory bodies and Indigenous peoples’ organisations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and as a Chief Federal Negotiator on several land claims and treaty issues in Canada and the Waitangi Tribunal in New Zealand. Professor Morse has been a visiting scholar to a number of law schools over his career including the Universities of New South Wales, Melbourne, Monash, Queensland, Hong Kong, and Victoria University of Wellington as well as Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Native American Legal Research Center at Oklahoma City University. He has authored over 100 books, articles, book chapters and commission reports.
Stuart Murray was appointed in September of 2009 as the first Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canada’s fifth national museum and the first to be built outside of the National Capital Region. Mr. Murray has served as President and CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation since 2006. He became Leader of the PC party of Manitoba in 2000 and resigned in 2006. Stuart also worked as President and CEO of DOMO Gasoline Corporation Ltd. from 1989 to 1999.
He was also Manitoba Co-Chair of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) Sustaining Applause Campaign, raising in excess of 10 million dollars.
Freddy Mutanguha is country Director of Aegis Trust (a Rwandan NGO which campaigns to prevent genocide worldwide). In partnership with the Kigali City Council (capital of Rwanda) Aegis Trust created the Kigali Genocide Memorial. Aegis also has several programs of Education and opened in December 2010 the Genocide Archive of Rwanda. Also he is Secretary General of IBUKA (the Umbrella of all survivors’ organisations in Rwanda).
By coping with the loss of both of his parents and four sisters to the genocide in 1994 he became an advocate for peace and human rights education. By this he is an inspiring leader for the survivor community in Rwanda and beyond.
Mr. Mutanguha was also one of the people responsible for coordinating countrywide events for the 15th commemoration of the genocide in April 2009. He frequently travels internationally as a speaker on genocide and reconstruction.
George Nicholas is a professor of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. He was founding director of Simon Fraser University's Indigenous Archaeology Program in Kamloops (1991–2005). Since moving to British Columbia in 1990 from the United States, he has worked closely with the Secwepemc and other First Nations and directed a community-based, community-supported archaeology program on the Kamloops Indian Reserve for sixteen years. He is currently developing a collaborative research project with the indigenous Ainu of northern Japan.
Nicholas is the director of the major international research initiative “Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage: Theory, Practice, Policy, Ethics,” a 7-year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A team of 50 scholars and 25 partnering organizations is working to explore and facilitate fair and equitable exchanges of knowledge relating to archaeology. The project is concerned with the theoretical, ethical, and practical implications of commodification, appropriation, and other flows of knowledge about the past, and with how these may affect communities, researchers, and other stakeholders.
Nicholas’ research focuses on Indigenous peoples and archaeology, intellectual property issues relating to archaeology, the archaeology and human ecology of wetlands, and archaeological theory, all of which he has published extensively on (click here to see selected publications). His most recent book is Being and Becoming Indigenous Archaeologists, an edited volume that presents the life stories of 37 indigenous archaeologists from around the world. He is also series co-editor of the World Archaeological Congress’ Research Handbooks in Archaeology.
Jennifer R. O'Neal
Jennifer R. O'Neal, member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, is the Head Archivist for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, where she oversees the daily operations and overall management of the repository. She has held prior archival positions at the U.S. Department of State, Princeton University, University of Arizona, and Utah State University. She serves on various groups in the Society of American Archivists, including the Native American Archives Roundtable, the Native American Protocols Forum Working Group, and the Cultural Property Working Group. In addition, she participated in the 2006 gathering to draft the best practices for the respectful care and use of Native American archival materials, which produced the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials. Recently, as part of the American Library Association, she participated in drafting principles regarding Traditional Cultural Expressions to establish frameworks designed to encourage reciprocity and collaboration in the stewardship of cultural heritage collections. Jennifer earned a Masters in Library Science from the University of Arizona, as part of the Knowledge River program for Native American and Hispanic students, and a Masters in History from Utah State University. Her research interests include international indigenous activism, cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, digital humanities, and indigenous use of new media and technology.
Since 2006, Paul Quassa has served two respective three-year terms as Commissioner for the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC), and as a Board Member for the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee. In 2009, as a Commissioner of Nunavut Planning Commission, Paul was delegated to the Legislative Working Group, which consisted of members from Federal Government, Nunavut Government, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Nunavut Impact Review Board and NPC.
In 2007, Quassa was appointed as a negotiator on Inuit Impact and Benefits Negotiating Team with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, which negotiates benefits for Inuit with the Baffinland Iron Ore Company. In 2008, he was appointed by the Government of Nunavut to the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation for a three-year term.
In 1995-96, Paul Quassa completed a six-week Legal Studies Program, sponsored by the Government of Northwest Territories. The program included the study of Contract Law and Criminal Law with law professors from the University of Toronto and also involved Inuit Traditional Law with mentors such as Emile Immaroitok, Mariano Aupilaajuk and others.
Madeleine Redfern is originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Madeleine has been a successful independent businessperson. She is a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School with an LL.B. from the University of Victoria. Madeleine clerked for Madam Justice Charron with the Supreme Court of Canada. She also worked as a legal researcher with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. Madeleine is currently the Mayor of Iqaluit. She recently worked as Executive Director with the Qikiqtani Truth Commission in Iqaluit.
Madeleine has extensive volunteer and governance experience with Inuit and Aboriginal organizations, including as past President of Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, past Secretary-Treasurer of Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation, founding member of Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre, founding member of Ottawa Inuit Headstart, Inuit representative on Kagita Mikam (an aboriginal employment and training board), Co-coordinator of Iqaluit Restorative Justice, community representative on Iqaluit Municipal Appeals Board, and is currently Secretary-Treasurer with Maliganiik Legal Services Board and Chair of the Legal Services Board.
Joanne Weiner Rudof has worked at Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies for twenty-six years. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and conference papers on Holocaust testimonies, among them “Das Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies: Denjenigen, die waren, zuhören und von ihnen lernen,” (Ich Bin die Stimme der Sechs Millionen:” Das Videoarchive im Ort der Information), edited by Daniel Baranowski. Stiftung Erinnerung Verantwortung Zukunft, Berlin, 2009), “A Yale University and New Haven Community Project: From Local to Global” and “Un project commun de l’Université de Yale et de la communauté de New Haven: Du local au global,”(Etudes sur le témoignage audiovisual des victimes des crimes et genocides nazis, No. 14, June 2008); “Die Geschichte der Displaced Persons Camps: Forschungsprobleme und der Beitrag von Zeitzeugen-Interviews,”(AugenZeugen: Fotos, Filme und Zeitzeugenberichte in der neuen Dauerausstellung der Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen, ed., Rainer Schulze and Wilfried Wiedemann, Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten, 2007); “Research Use of Holocaust Testimonies” (Poetics Today, Summer 2006, Duke University Press), and “The Things that Sustained Me” (Second to None: A Documentary History of American Women, Volume 2, 1993.
She has edited and produced documentaries based on Holocaust testimonies including Voices from the Yugoslav Holocaust, Remembering Częstochowa, Parallel Paths, and the award winning national PBS broadcast, Witness: Voices from the Holocaust. She is co-editor of book of the same title. She has coordinated over twenty Holocaust testimony projects in North and South America, Europe, and Israel, planned and implemented seven major international conferences, and consulted with many organizations focused on Holocaust education.
Joanna Sassoon is the Project Manager for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project at the National Library of Australia. This national project aims to record a selection of stories about the lifelong impact of being in care as a child and will also include those involved in the administration and care of children.
Maria Luisa Sepulveda
Maria Luisa Sepulveda Edwards is a Social Worker at the Catholic University of Chile in Valparaiso and since March, 2010 has served as President and Executive Vice-President of the Presidential Advisory Committee - a commission established by law for the determination of disappeared persons, executed political prisoners, and victims of political imprisonment and torture. Edwards has been a Councillor with the National Institute for Human Rights since July, 2010.
Kim Simon, Managing Director of the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California, is responsible for overseeing the Institute’s day-to-day work, including its educational programs, research, documentation activity, public outreach, and administration.
Simon received her BA in history with honors, from the Colorado College. While living in Central Europe in the early 1990s, she worked in film production in Prague, Czech Republic. She was hired in 1994 to coordinate the Shoah Foundation's efforts to collect interviews around the world with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. After the testimony collection phase, Simon established the Institute's office of global partnerships, creating and developing its international program agenda, overseeing its work in 17 countries.
Kim Simon spent the last 15 years working in the field of Holocaust video documentation and education. Prior to her post as Managing Director, Simon served as the Institute’s interim executive director from 2008-2009 and director of programs, overseeing its national and international educational agenda. In addition, Simon guided its global communications and public outreach efforts. Simon served as the executive in charge of production of two of the Institute's documentary films, Volevo solo vivere (I Only Wanted To Live) and Nazvy Svoie Im'ia (Spell Your Name), produced in Italy and Ukraine respectively. Simon currently serves on the U.S. delegation of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
She is currently overseeing the development of an educational application, IWitness, and focused on the pedagogical, organizational, and policy considerations of working with Holocaust and genocide survivor and witness testimony in an online environment. IWitness is a multimedia application that aims to engage the intersection of using video testimony on the Internet as a way to explore multi-literacies and the topic of the Holocaust and other genocides in education.
Dr. Stephen D. Smith is one of the world’s leading advocates of Holocaust education and genocide prevention. He was founding director of the UK Holocaust Centre—Britain’s first dedicated Holocaust memorial and education institution—and he was inaugural chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the body that runs national Holocaust commemoration in the UK. He also founded the Aegis Trust, an agency that works globally to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.
Stephen has been involved in memorial projects throughout the world, including the creation of the Kigali Memorial Centre in Rwanda, and he was a consultant to the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, which he now serves as a trustee. He has taught extensively in Lithuania and has been a member of the International Task Force for Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research since its inception in 1998.
Ann Stevenson is Information Manager at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology and is responsible for digital media policy, projects and related systems and is department head of the Audrey and Harry Hawthorn Library and Archives. The Library and Archives is part of the newly established MOA Centre for Cultural Research, a Centre providing community-based and academic researchers enhanced access to the Museum’s object collections, image and audio visual materials, as well as the Library and Archives. Ann oversees the Oral History and Language Lab, a facility for recording endangered languages and for the capture of oral histories. The Lab also provides services for transferring analog sound and moving image recordings to digital formats. Over the last ten years Ann’s primary focus has been in participating in planning and implementing the Museum’s Partnership of People’s project.
As Reciprocal Research Network Lead (2003-2005), Ann worked with the co-developing First Nations communities to build capacity for network participation and with a dozen museums internationally in preparing their British Columbia First Nations collections-based information for the network. As Collections Manager (1990-2003) she participated in developing policies and procedures for object repatriation, for the management of culturally sensitive objects, and she implemented collections access protocols with originating communities. Ann’s recently completed a Master of Library and Information Studies degree from UBC (2008) and continues to help out on wetland archaeological projects whenever possible.
Marijana Toma is working as the Coordinator of the Task force group for drafting the mandate for Regional Commission for establishment of facts on war crimes and other serious violations of human rights committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia 1991-2001 (RECOM). The Task force group was established in 2010, by the Coalition for RECOM, a coalition of civil society organizations, victims’ associations, veterans’ associations, women and youth groups and organizations, etc to advocate the establishment of Regional truth commission for Balkans that would complement the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia. Before that, she was working as Serbia Programme Coordinator in Impunity Watch, an international non-profit group, seeking to promote accountability for past atrocities in countries emerging from a violent past, with programmes in Guatemala and Serbia. A historian by training, she has been involved in numerous transitional justice projects in the region and internationally.
Prior to joining Impunity Watch, she worked for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Mission in Serbia on legal labour migration projects, and the Humanitarian Law Centre, leading human rights organization in Balkans, where she worked as Project and Programme Coordinator on documenting war crimes, oral history, forced disappearances and transitional justice. She also worked on several projects with the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), while studying at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Ms Toma has published extensively in the fields of transitional justice, truth commissions, history, oral history methodology and serious human rights violations.
Dr. Susanne Urban (* 1968 Frankfurt / Main) has done her Ph.D. in 2000 on “Central-Verein and its strategies regarding Jewish self-defence against Antisemitism between 1893 and 1938” at Moses-Mendelssohn-Centre/ University Potsdam. Since May 2009 she is Head of Historical Research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Before then she was employed e.g. at the Jewish Museum Frankfurt in the Exhibitions and Educational Department (1990-2009) and was on the Editorial board of Jewish Journal TRIBUNE (1994-2004).
She furthermore was Curator of the Exhibition “70 years Youth Aliyah” (2002/03). Between 2002 and 2004 she was Member of directorial board of Experts on Holocaust teaching and Remembrance in Rhineland-Palatinate. 2000 to 2007 she was project manager of the German version of the English CD-ROM „Return to Life“ (Original: Yad Vashem) for German education. The German Version was awarded in Germany and EU. In 2004 she was Fellow Researcher at Yad Vashem’s Research Institute and afterwards up to 2009 employed in the Yad Vashem Educational Department.
Her recent research focuses on the Death Marches and Displaced Persons as well as on Children as survivors of Nazi Persecution. Mrs Urban has published e.g. on topics such as the Bricha, Youth Aliyah and Anti-Semitism and also wrote educational teaching units for various age groups. The book “Surviving in fear. Jewish slave labor and Jews with false papers at Volkswagen Werk during 1943 to 1945 (German and English), is in print for the third edition since 2005.
Pat Walsh has recently returned to Australia after working for 10 years in East Timor mostly as part of the new nation’s Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconcilation (CAVR), the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region. He was recruited by the UN to help establish the commission and served variously as its executive director and special adviser. Following the commission’s dissolution in 2005 he served as senior adviser to the Post-CAVR Technical Secretariat for 5 years. He was instrumental in the preservation of the former colonial prison in East Timor, a major site of human rights violations. His duties in the commission and its successor body included collecting and archiving testimony from victims, key actors and government, followed by publication and dissemination, an important contribution to a society largely devoid of written memory.
He contributed to the design of the new Institute of Memory currently before the Parliament of East Timor and serves as a board member of the Clearing House on Archival Records for Timor (CHART). He has provided advice to representatives of several societies in, or emerging from, conflict including Palestine, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka, and the Solomon Islands. He and his partner Annie live in Melbourne and have three daughters.
W. Richard West, Jr., is Founding Director (1990-2007) and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as Vice President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).
As Founding Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, West guided the successful opening of the museum’s three facilities: the George Gustav Heye Center, which opened in New York City in 1994; the 1999 opening of the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Maryland; and the museum on the National Mall, which opened in Washington, D.C., in 2004.
West has had many roles with ICOM and the American Association of Museums, including serving as Chair of the Board of Directors (1998-2000). West’s current board affiliations and memberships include: Ford Foundation (1999-present); National Conservation System Foundation (2007-present); Kaiser Family Foundation (2007-present); and American Indian Resources Institute (1973-present).
In 2008, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience launched a project explore how Indian Boarding and Residential Schools can serve as new centers to explore the history of the Boarding Schools experience and foster dialogue and citizen involvement in contemporary issues important to Native communities. Chaired by Trustee W. Richard West, the project brought together historians, community members, survivors, advocates and representatives from school sites in the United States and Canada at Haskell Indian Nations University, a former Boarding School in Lawrence, Kansas. From this initial workshop, the Coalition developed the Boarding Schools Project which aims to build the capacity of sites to collect what happened at individual schools and throughout the boarding school system; use the power of place to reclaim and reconstruct what boarding schools tried to erase, by valuing diverse communities’ own traditions and creating living cultural sites; and create a space to hear a diversity of experiences stemming from the boarding schools.
Donald E. Worme
DONALD E. WORME, Q.C., I.P.C., is a Cree lawyer from the Kawacatoose First Nation, Treaty #4. He received the consistent and invaluable teachings of Cree philosophies, traditions and spirituality from his grandfather as he was growing up, including the history of Treaty #4. Through this first-hand knowledge of the treaty history unique to his territory, Donald came to understand the legal status of Treaty Indians and the legal issues that confront First Nations people. With a view to making things better for First Nations people, he embarked on a legal career at the age of 21, and received his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Following articles with the Federal Department of Justice as a Federal Prosecutor in Saskatoon Donald received his call to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1986, and has since practiced extensively in criminal law and Aboriginal rights litigation.
Donald is a founding member and member in good standing with the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada, a national association of Aboriginal lawyers, where he served as President between 1989 and 1991. In 1992 Donald received an Appreciation Award for his Outstanding Contribution towards the Professional Education of Provincial & Territorial Court Judges in Western & Northern Canada at the Seminar on Racial, Ethnic & Cultural Equity that was hosted by the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Further, Donald received a Certificate of Recognition from the Touchwood First Nations for his efforts to assist the Touchwood First Nations establish a Child and Family Services Agency focused towards their First Nations’ Community and reflecting more succinctly the First Nations values.
Donald’s legal practice has been focused primarily upon those issues that impact Aboriginal people individually as well as on issues affecting First Nations governments and entities. He has been active in promoting and protecting both the collective rights of Aboriginal people in numerous legal and public forums. Having brought about a significant number of acquittals for clients facing unjust charges of first and second degree murder, and having served as counsel on a number of precedent-setting cases relative to wildlife legislation and the duty to consult Aboriginals, Donald has remained focused on social justice issues affecting First Nation people and communities.