Dr. Stephen Inglis holds a B.A. and Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. in Museology and Indian Art from Calcutta University in India, where he studied Indian art and architecture, folk arts and crafts, and ethnography of tribal studies. Dr. Inglis is an experienced museum executive and outstanding professional with a wealth of knowledge in aboriginal collections. He has personally curated 12 exhibitions and supervised the development of over a dozen exhibitions in co-operation with ethnic communities in Canada, to document their histories, cultural traditions and contributions to the development of the country. He has also directed community consultation, solidified community participation in exhibition planning, negotiated dozens of international partnerships and introduced the participation of living artists and craftspeople into the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s programme. Dr. Inglis is the former Vice President of Research and Collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the current Executive Director of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor of Art History at Carleton University.
Madeleine Dion Stout, a Cree speaker, was born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. After graduating from the Edmonton General Hospital as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She serves on several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal boards and committees including the Resolution Health Support Advisory Committee for Health Canada and the First Nations Health Society in B.C. and has been involved in several Canadian Institute of Health Research projects. Madeleine was President of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and member of the National Forum on Health. In August, 2007 Madeleine was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as an inaugural Vice-chair of the Board of Directors. Madeleine was a Professor in Canadian Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Now self employed, she continues to work as a researcher, writer and lecturer on First Nations, Inuit and Métis health and is increasingly adopting a Cree lens in this work. She has received the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge; and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa. In November 2008, the Canadian Nurses Association of Canada selected Madeleine for the Centennial Award that was given to 100 outstanding Canadian nurses. In March 2010 she received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the health category.
Dr. Douglas Cardinal is an Ottawa-based architect who has gained national and international recognition for his signature architectural designs in Canada and the United States. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1934, of German and Blackfoot heritage, Cardinal completed a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) degree at the University of Texas in 1963. In 1978, he incorporated his practice under the name of Douglas J. Cardinal Architect Limited, and has since taken on projects of a diverse nature. These projects range from individual houses to institutional and government projects. Cardinal's distinctive designs are demonstrated in projects such as his award - winning St. Mary's Church in Red Deer, the Grande Prairie Regional College, the Edmonton Space Sciences Centre and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The firm's work also includes the Kahanawake Tourist Village for the Kahanawake Mohawks in Montreal, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College in Regina, Saskatchewan, as well as the master plan for the Cree Village of Ouje - Bougoumou, Quebec, which earned a United Nations Award for sustainable development. In 1993, the firm was awarded the design commission for the National Museum of the American Indian on the last remaining site on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cardinal's firm has been a pioneer and world leader in the use of computers in the profession of architecture. Dr. Cardinal is an officer of the Order of Canada and has received honorary degrees from Carleton University, Trent University, the University of Lethbridge, the University of Windsor, the University of Calgary, and the Massachusetts School of Art. In 1995, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal, the highest award the profession of architecture in Canada bestows.
Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk curator and art historian from the Nunatsiavut Territory of Labrador. Igloliorte is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, specializing in global Indigenous art histories. In July of 2012 she will join the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University as Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Art. Igloliorte recently authored an essay in Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (2011, Palgrave) about the exhibition she curated on behalf of the Legacy of Hope Foundation, “We Were So Far Away”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools, based on the oral histories of eight Inuit Survivors of the residential school system. That exhibition launched at the Library and Archives of Canada in March of 2009, and toured across the Canadian north in 2009- 2010. Igloliorte, the daughter of a former residential school student, has also worked with the Legacy of Hope Foundation as a Statement Taker, recording the accounts of over two hundred former students of residential schools in Canada.
Igloliorte has participated on Aboriginal arts juries and selection committees for the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Secretariat and the Art Bank, the Ontario Arts Council, the Carleton University Art Gallery, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Her other recent exhibitions include Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011); the online collaborative exhibition Inuit Art Alive ; and the forthcoming Labrador Inuit Art Alive (2012), which will draw on oral histories, local archives, and community-based knowledge gathered during her dissertation research on the art history of the Labrador Inuit. Her teaching and research interests include the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, mid-century modernist primitivism, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resilience. She is the author of several articles related to this work such as the chapters in the Aboriginal Healing Foundation publication Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Journey (2009), as well as Inuit Modern (2010), and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (forthcoming, 2012). Additionally, she has a piece of her work in the Senate .
Dr. George MacDonald obtained his Honours B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1961, and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University five years later. Dr. MacDonald became President, CEO and Executive Director of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation in 1995. He was appointed CEO of the five museums of the Australian state of Victoria and Director of the Melbourne Museum in 1999, overseeing its building and exhibition design. Similarly at the University of Washington in Seattle, he supervised the production of a four-phase facility expansion plan as Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture from 2001 to 2004. Through the years of running museums, Dr. MacDonald has held concurrent academic positions at the universities of Washington, Melbourne, Toronto, Carleton, Ottawa, and Trent. A renowned expert on Northwest Coast art UBC press published Dr. MacDonald’s seminal work on the subject of Haida Monumental Art. Some others are: Haida Art, Chiefs of the Sea and the Sky, and Ninstints: A World Heritage Site. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds an LL.D. from the University of Calgary. Dr. MacDonald was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in July 2006.