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Canadian History Hall’s Advisory Committees

External advisory committees comprised of scholars and cultural leaders from across the country have provided input into the development of the content of the new Canadian History Hall.

General Advisory Committee

Dr. Marcel Caya is a retired professor from the Department of History of the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he was professor of Archival Studies from 1994 to 2011. From 1977 to 1994, he was General Director of Archives at McGill University and, from 1984 to 1988, was Director of the McCord Museum of Canadian History. His research interests focus on the political history of Quebec and Canada in the second half of the 19th century.

Dr. Lyle Dick is the principal of Lyle Dick History and Heritage in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A specialist in Western Canadian and Arctic history, and in Cultural Resource Management, he is the author of more than 100 publications, including Muskox Land, which won the Harold Adams Innis Prize in 2003. From 2011 to 2013 he served as President of the Canadian Historical Association and in 2014 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Brandon University.

Dr. Jack Granatstein is an Officer of the Order of Canada and author of many books on Canadian politics, foreign policy, and the military. He served in the Canadian Army from 1956 to 1966, taught Canadian history for thirty years, is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History, and from 1998 to 2000 was Director and CEO of the Canadian War Museum.

An adjunct history professor at Carleton University, and a prolific author, Charlotte Gray was awarded the UBC Medal for Biography, and the Pierre Berton Prize for distinguished achievement in popularizing and promoting Canadian history. She has won or been nominated for most of the major non-fiction literary awards in Canada. In 2004, she served on the jury for the prestigious Giller Prize. Ms Gray is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Brenda Macdougall, Chair of the Métis Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, is one of Canada’s premier scholars of Métis and First Nations history. Her book One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan won the 2011 Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize for best book in the prairie division.

Dr. Nicole Neatby is an Associate professor at Saint Mary’s University where she teaches Canadian women’s history and Quebec history, and more recently has been conducting research on the history of tourism and public history. She has served as President of the Canadian Historical Association’s Canadian Committee in Women’s History.

The former Director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Dr. Ruth Phillips currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at Carleton University. The author of Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Dr. Timothy J. Stanley is an historian in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa with particular expertise in antiracism education and Asian immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of Contesting White Supremacy: School Segregation, Anti-Racism and the Making of Chinese Canadians.

Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Jisgang, Nika Collison belongs to the Ts’aahl Eagle clan of the Haida Nation. She has long experience in Aboriginal museology and as an Aboriginal community representative. She is curator of the Haida Gwaii Museum, a board member of the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society and coordinator of the Haida Repatriation Committee.

Alan Ojiig Corbiere is from M’Chigeeng First Nation where he is the current Coordinator of the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program. He is the former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation on Manitoulin Island, where he also acted as the foundation’s curator and historian.

Peter Irniq is an Inuk leader who has been a member of the Northwest Territories Legislature, the Executive Director of the Inuit Cultural Institute, and a member of the Nunavut Implementation Commission. He was deputy minister of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth in the new territory of Nunavut (1998-99). From 2002-2005 he served as the second Commissioner of Nunavut, and in 2003 he was made a Commander of the Order of St. John.

A member of the Delaware band of the Six Nations of Grand River, John Moses is completing his doctoral work in cultural mediations at Carleton University. A former researcher and conservator at the Canadian Museum of History, he is currently a policy analyst with the Aboriginal Affairs Directorate of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

A member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation in Treaty 5 territory and a student of Indigenous histories, anti-colonial theory, Treaty Rights and Indigenous knowledge, Dr. Winona Wheeler is an Associate professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

The former elected Chief of Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg First Nation, Gilbert W. Whiteduck is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community on whose ancestral lands the Museum is built. Mr. Whiteduck has worked with the Museum on several cultural initiatives.