Task Force Members

The members of the Task Force are almost all based in the North. Members include students, educators, and education experts.
James Cook grew up in Opaskwayak Cree Nation which is 6 hours north of Winnipeg and next door to The Pas. Both places, he considers his home.
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Ashlee Cunsolo Phd, is the founding Dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies at the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.
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Florence Kushniruk is the post-secondary program officer at Champagne and Aishihik First Nation's Education Department and sits on the President's Advisory Committee on First Nation Initiatives wit
Jodie Lane
Jodie Lane is Nunatsiavut's director of education. She is a beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and was born and raised in the Inuit community of Makkovik.
erika marteleira
Erika Marteleira is the manager of the Post-Secondary Education Secretariat, a body which is guided by the input of the Inuit Post-Secondary Steering Committee, composed of representatives from eac
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Peesee Pitsiulak is Dean of the Nunatta Campus of Nunavut Arctic College in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut. She is from Kimmirut, Nunavut.
Angélique Ruzindana Umunyana
Angélique Ruzindana Umunyana is originally from Rwanda and has lived in Yellowknife for 14 years. She received her Ph.D.
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Tosh Southwick belongs to the Wolf moiety and is a citizen of Kluane First Nation. She grew up in a small northern community and is the mother to 3 children and auntie to many more.
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Kelsey Wrightson is the Executive Director of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. Dr. Wrightson grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and completed her Ph.D.
malerie Bayha
Malerie Bayha is a youth member of the Deline First Nation.
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Melanie Bennett is the executive director with the Yukon First Nations Education Directorate and is from the Tr'ondёk Hwёch'in First Nation.
clive tesar
Clive Tesar went to school and worked in the Northwest Territories and has worked all over the Canadian and circumpolar north.