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Task Force Members

Joanne Dallaire, Co-chair

Joanne Dallaire, Co-chair

Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor – Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation for Ryerson University

Chair of Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council

Co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation directive

Joanne has worked at Ryerson University in many capacities for 20 years. She has also educated and directed an Indigenous perspective with many organizations, such as the Ministry of Education, Legal Aid Ontario – Prison Law Advisory Committee to the Board, Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto (expert witness on restorative justice), Native Child and Family Services, and Dr. Janet Smylie at Well Living House/St. Michael’s Hospital.

Catherine Ellis, Co-chair

Catherine Ellis, Co-chair

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of History, Ryerson University 

Elected member of Ryerson University’s Board of Governors

Catherine earned her DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford and previously held research and teaching appointments at Dalhousie University, the University of Victoria and the University of Lethbridge. 

T'hohahoken Michael Doxtater

T’hohahoken Michael Doxtater

Associate Professor, Creative Indigenous Practices in the School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University

Michael has produced, directed and written award-winning documentaries and dramas for academic and public audiences at the NFB and CBC and has wide experience in facilitation, mediation and communication services in the Indigenous community at Six Nations, Canada and the U.S. Michael is Mohawk, from Six Nations of the Grand River.

Cecile Farnum

Cecile Farnum

Liaison Librarian, Ryerson University Library

Cecile has been with Ryerson for 15 years, serving for much of the time as Communications and Liaison Librarian as well as liaising with programs in the Faculty of Community Services. 

Natasha Henry

Natasha Henry

President, Ontario Black History Society

Natasha is an educator, historian and curriculum consultant. The 2018 Vanier Scholar is completing a PhD in History at York University, researching the enslavement of Black people in early Ontario. 

Tracy King

Tracey King

Indigenous Human Resources Lead, Recruitment and Retention, Ryerson University 

Tracey King, Miigis Kwe (Little Shell Woman), is Pottawatomi and Ojibway, Otter Clan and a citizen of Wasauksing First Nation. For 30 years, Tracey has worked full time in many Aboriginal programs and services in Toronto universities and Aboriginal organizations, while completing three university degrees.

Riley Kucheran

Riley Kucheran

Assistant Professor, Design Leadership in the School of Fashion, Ryerson University

In addition to teaching at Ryerson, Riley is a student in the Communication and Culture PhD joint program at Ryerson and York University, researching how Indigenous creative industries like fashion can mobilize cultural and economic resurgence. Riley is from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (Pic River First Nation).  

Gerald McMaster

Gerald McMaster

Professor, OCAD University  

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice 

Director of Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Gerald’s area of expertise is curatorial studies, Indigenous visual history and aesthetics, and contemporary Indigenous art. He is a Plains Cree and a member of the Siksika First Nation.

Dennis Mock

Dennis Mock

Former Vice-President, Academic, Ryerson University

Former President, Nipissing University 

Dennis served for 30 years at Ryerson, where he played a central role in steering the university through one of its most significant eras, when it earned full university status in 1993.

Heather Rollwagen

Heather Rollwagen

Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University

Heather’s area of research is housing and perceptions of crime and neighbourhood livability in urban areas. She is also a member of the Canadian Worlds of Journalism research team – an interdisciplinary research group collaborating with scholars from 63 countries to understand the professional roles and values of journalists.

Tay Rubman

Tay Rubman

History student, Ryerson University

Tay was elected to the Ryerson Board of Governors in 2020.

Amorell Saunders N'Daw

Amorell Saunders N’Daw

Partner and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Amorell, a Ryerson alumna, is a leader in the field of academic search and recruitment. She has provided leadership and support to academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations, including a 12-year career at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Julia Spagnuolo

Julia Spagnuolo

Urban and Regional Planning student, Ryerson University

Julia is a student representative on the Ryerson University Senate. As an At-Large representative, she serves on the Academic Governance and Policy Committee, Senate Appeals Committee, Policy 46 Review Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Frank Walwyn

Frank Walwyn

Partner, WeirFoulds LLP 

A Ryerson graduate, Frank is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been named as one of Canada’s top lawyers in the area of corporate and commercial litigation by numerous legal publications. In addition to a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University, he has a Certificate of Business Administration from Ryerson University.

Task Force Support

Engagement Manager

Rachel DiSaia, Engagement Manager

Rachel DiSaia

Rachel DiSaia earned an MEd in Higher Education Theory and Policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. As a queer, non-binary settler and immigrant to Canada, their career has focussed on advocacy in post-secondary education related to access, inclusion, anti-oppression and reconciliation.

Research Team

The Standing Strong Task Force Research Team is devoted to understanding the multitude of perspectives and complexities involved in the history of Canada. They have pledged to use their knowledge and expertise of history to examine and more fully understand Egerton Ryerson’s relationships with Indigenous peoples. The research team’s project involves using a variety of approaches and data collection methods to produce a report that effectively informs the Task Force of the ways that Indigenous and colonial histories have overlapped in relation to the legacy of Egerton Ryerson.

Taylor D. Starr, Graduate Research Associate

Taylor D. Starr

Graduate Research Associate

Taylor is currently a PhD candidate in History at York University, having earned an MA in History and a BA (Hons) in socio-legal studies. She has worked on multiple research projects at the Canadian Museum of History and with faculty at York University. Taylor’s own research interests are within the fields of gender, intellectual, cultural, institutional and legal histories in twentieth-century Canada. Taylor is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and her dissertation project emphasizes the importance of resurfacing marginalized voices by supplementing the historical record with oral histories and testimonies.

Amina Dirie, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Amina Dirie

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Amina completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from Ryerson University and is set to graduate in June 2021. In the fall of 2021, she will pursue a Master of Arts in History at the University of Toronto. Her senior thesis entitled "Nasser and Nkrumah: On Revolution, Pan-Africanism, and the Post-Colonial Political Imaginary," took a comparative historical approach to the analysis of Egypt’s and Ghana’s mid-century revolutions by exploring Gamal Abdel Nasser’s and Kwame Nkrumah’s independence, state building and internationalist solidarity efforts. Her research generally looks at 20th century political history in Africa and the Middle East.

Wyeth Robertson, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Wyeth Robertson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Wyeth Robertson is entering the fourth year of his undergraduate degree in the Ryerson History-Philosophy Double Major program in the Fall 2021 Semester. Wyeth’s historical research interests are broad, but he focuses on 20th-century migration in Europe, International Relations and diasporic communities throughout the world. His philosophical interests centre on discourses of ethics. Wyeth also enjoys making an impact in the Ryerson community through a variety of initiatives such as the Student Initiatives Fund Committee, the Ryerson History Society, the Academic Integrity Council, and the International Issues Discussion Series.

Denise O’Neil Green (vice-president equity, community, and inclusion) and Steven N. Liss (vice-president, research and innovation) are the executive co-leads for Standing Strong (Mash Koh Wee Kah Pooh Win) Task Force.