Image: Woe to Those Who Remember From Whence They Came (detail), Kent Monkman, 2008, 72″ x 108″, Acrylic on canvas.
KIINAWIN KAWINDOMOWIN STORY NATIONS:
A RESEARCH AND STORYTELLING COLLECTIVE
Since 2011, many people have contributed to the work of making Story Nations. Students have been at the centre of the project, as researchers, writers, designers, coders and more. Several groups of students joined Prof. Pamela Klassen on trips to Rainy River First Nations to talk about the project with Elders, community members, and staff who generously gave of their time at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre. Many more students worked together in Research Opportunity Courses and Digital Humanities Independent Study Courses. Web developers, sound engineers, librarians, archivists, and museum staff have also provided important help along the way.
Rainy River First Nations and Anishinaabe Consultants:
Language, Community, Environment
Elder and former chief
Elder, community engagement & Anishinaabemowin expert
Historical consultant & Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre guide
Art Hunter is from Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations. Art began contributing to the Story Nations project as an interpreter at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre in 2012. He is interested in learning more about the seven distinct communities that became Rainy River First Nations, and is passionate about preserving and sharing community histories.
Albert Hunter Jr.
Elder and former chief
University of Toronto and Community Contributors:
Research, Media, and Design
Project Director and General Editor
Pamela Klassen was born and raised in Toronto. After her university studies, she returned home to work at the University of Toronto, where she is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion. She first visited the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre in July 2012, and has written about Manidoo Ziibi in her 2018 book called The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land.
Project manager and web designer
Annie’s research explores how depictions of labour appear across genres in pre-modern Buddhist Tibetan institutions. Annie is originally from Chicago, and is now a PhD candidate in religion at the University of Toronto. Annie traveled to the Rainy River 2016, 2018, and 2019.
Sarina grew up in a small town two hours west of Toronto and now lives in Kitchener, on the Haldimand Tract. She is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion, and her dissertation looks at the history of missionary religion in Treaty 3 territory. She travelled to Rainy River in 2019.
Krista grew up in eastern Ontario and currently lives in Williams Treaties First Nations territory. Krista’s doctoral research in the Department of History at the University of Manitoba focused on family and community memory and the migration of Indigenous Hudson’s Bay Company families. In 2019 Krista became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, joining the Story Nations project and visiting Manidoo Ziibi for the first time.
Judith Ellen Brunton
Writer, researcher, and audio technician
Judith’s current project explores how legacies of oil extraction allow for specific contemporary imaginaries of the good life in Alberta. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and she is now a PhD candidate in the study of religion at the University of Toronto. Judith traveled to the Rainy River in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
Researcher and photo editor
Kyle’s doctoral research examines the linguistic and affective dimensions of “persecution” in the practice of street and campus preaching. He is from Alma, Michigan, and is currently a PhD student at department for the study of religion at the University of Toronto. Kyle traveled to the Rainy River in 2019.
Gregory Peter Fewster
Editor of the critical digital edition
Gregory’s research focuses on the texts and book cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, especially in early Christianity. His dissertation investigated the practices and politics of determining the authenticity of Paul’s letters. He is from London, Ontario, and is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow. Greg completed his PhD in religion at the University of Toronto in 2019.
Content curator, researcher and writer
Keith’s research interests are in law and treaty history in Canada. He is from Toronto, graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in History and Economics, and is now in law school at the University of Toronto. He has won the University of Toronto Excellence Award for his work on this website. Keith traveled to the Rainy River in 2018.
Suzanne van Geuns
Copy editor and design consultant
Suzanne’s research investigates how the internet launches socially conservative futures, looking at conservative Christian, antifeminist, and white nationalist online movements. She is from Den Haag, in the Netherlands, and came to the University of Toronto for a PhD in religion. Suzanne traveled to the Rainy River in 2019.
Researcher and editor
Magdalene’s research interests are in the history of immigration and the British Empire. From Toronto originally, she graduated from McGill University with a double honours in German and History, and is now a PhD student in History at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. Magdalene traveled to the Rainy River in 2018.
Roxanne’s dissertation research focuses on the translation, publication, and distribution of Indigenous-language bibles in nineteenth-century Canada. She is from Regina, Saskatchewan, and she is currently pursuing PhD research in religion at the University of Toronto. Roxanne traveled to the Rainy River in 2019.
Christina E. Pasqua
Art and Visual Design
Christina is from Ottawa, born to a first generation immigrant from Nicaragua and a second generation Italian Canadian. She now studies at the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her PhD research focuses on visual translations of the Bible. Christina traveled to the Rainy River in 2018 and 2019.
Indigenous Relations Consultant
Audrey is Anishinaabe from Waabadowgang, Whitesand First Nation. Her passion for Indigenous relations was cultivated through her roles in the Indigenous community as Senior Development Officer with Indspire and imagineNATIVE Film + Media, the largest Indigenous film festival in the world. Audrey completed her MA in Religion in 2020 with a project on decolonizing museums through Indigenous voices, language, and ceremonies. She now works at the University of Toronto as an Indigenous Partnerships & Relations Specialist at Woodsworth College. Audrey traveled to the Rainy River in 2016 and 2018 and won a University of Toronto Excellence Award for her contributions to this website.
Curriculum Resource Design
Kate is a master’s student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She is from Windsor, Ontario and has lived in Toronto for six years. Her current project looks at the influence of the Christian worldview on the colonial state’s policies of assimilation related to agriculture in the 19th century.
Researcher and writer
Russell is from Alberta and currently works for Parks Canada as an Ecosystem Scientist. He researches and monitors species-at-risk within Wapusk National Park in Churchill, Manitoba, with a particular focus on the Cape Churchill Caribou herd. He also works as a scientific advisor on various Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area proposals in Manitoba. Russell traveled to the Rainy River in 2015 as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto.
Valeria was born and raised in Verona, Italy. She completed her BA at Quest University Canada, in Squamish territory, before moving to Toronto in 2018 to join the Department for the Study of Religion. Valeria’s research focuses on the contemporary interfaith movement on Turtle Island, exploring the representation and leadership of Indigenous spiritual traditions in interreligious gatherings and interreligious dialogue.
Researcher and writer
Meaghan’s research is on the journey of Nishiiyuu, a social movement in which Cree and Inuit youth from Great Whale River, Quebec travelled 1600 km by foot to Canada’s capital Ottawa. She is from Ottawa, and is working on her PhD in the study of religion at the University of Toronto. Meaghan traveled to the Rainy River in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Marisa Karyl Franz
Marisa’s research examines the collection practices of late imperial Russian museums for the gathering of Siberian shamanic materials. She is from Toronto, and is now a Faculty Fellow in Museum Studies at New York University. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion in 2019.
Voice of Du Vernet
John is an Associate Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Vice-Principal of University College at the University of Toronto. Originally from Burlington, Ontario, he researches religious boundary crossing in the ancient Mediterranean.
Photographer and designer of content framework
Kaleigh does anthropological research on pilgrimage in contemporary Quebec. She is from Oakville, Ontario, and came to the University of Toronto for her PhD research at the department for the study of religion. She traveled to the Rainy River in 2015 and 2016.
Software developer and designer of the purpose-built plugin WPannotate
Researcher and writer
Misia grew up in Toronto but now lives in Trois-Rivières, Québec. She has a background in human geography, which means she’s interested in the spatial dynamics of social organization. She hopes to be a map librarian when she grows up.
Sam is a audio editor at Accessible Media Inc. in Toronto, Ontario. He has been a media and broadcast professional since 2012 when he graduated from the Ontario Institute for Audio Recording Technology. Sam has produced audio for national radio, film and television distribution as well as interactive art installations. He traveled to the Rainy River in 2019.
Staff at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
Tanya Hunter Tara Lee Montague
Former Administrative Managers
Other student contributors
Tamim Mansour (visited the Rainy River in 2015)
Erin Ray (visited the Rainy River in 2015)
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