2018 Faculty (more to be confirmed)

Senator (Prof.) Marilou McPhedran – Course Founder and Director

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Senator McPhedran directs this course to focus on human rights as essential to inclusive democracy, as part of her commitment to bring the Senate to youth and youth to the Senate. Named a Member of the Order of Canada (in 1985) in recognition of her co-leadership in the successful campaign for stronger gender equality protections in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As an international human rights lawyer and educator, she specialized in starting, fundraising, designing, managing and sustaining mechanisms to promote equality and diversity for Canadian and international clients, having co-founded several widely recognized non-profit systemic change organizations (for example, LEAF – the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund).  Prof. McPhedran holds a Masters in Law in Comparative Constitutional Law (2004) from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and was awarded an honorary doctorate (LL.D.) by The University of Winnipeg in 1992. In addition to the Order of Canada, her honours include:  Queen’s Jubilee Medals (2012 and 2002); Rebelle with a Cause by the Elizabeth Fry Society (Saskatoon 2008 and Toronto 1992); Governor General’s Persons Case Medal – the highest civic award for women in Canada (2005);  named as one of Canada’s ten most influential women’s rights advocates in Homemakers Magazine (2001); named Woman of the Year by B’Nai Brith Women – Toronto (1993) and a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA of Metro- Toronto in 1981.

Marilou McPhedran resigned as Chief Commissioner for Human Rights in Saskatchewan to become  the Principal of the University of Winnipeg Global College, serving from 2008 – 2012. She was seconded to the UN Population Fund Office in Geneva as a UN Human Rights Fellow and was a guest professor at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPeace) in Costa Rica in 2012-3. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016.

2018 Guest Faculty

Lloyd Kornelsen

DSC_1562Lloyd Kornelsen is the former acting executive director of  Global College, a highly popular teacher at the U of Winnipeg Collegiate, who holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in Global Citizenship at the faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Lloyd is active at Global College as a professor and an exceptional role model. According to Lloyd:

“My research interest is exploring the intersections of peace education, global citizenship and experiential learning. This interest was first inspired when I facilitated global citizenship practica programs for UW Collegiate students in Costa Rica beginning in 2003. This experience has had a significant impact on the lives many of the participants, both in the long and short term. I’m questing to understand exactly what that impact is/was, and what it was about the experience that so had that affect.”

Armando Perla


Armando Perla is a researcher-curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He is also an adjunct professor and professional associate at the University of Winnipeg and the faculty of law of the University of Manitoba. Armando holds a Masters in International Human Rights Law (LLM) at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden.  He also has a Bachelor of Laws from L’Université Laval in Quebec City (LLB).  Previously he attended law school in El Salvador where he co-founded a non-profit legal office. Armando has been with organizations such as the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, Covenant House Guatemala, the Centre for Justice and Internal Law in Washington DC, and Lund University in Sweden. Armando was also a board member of Jus Humanis International in Lund, Sweden and he is currently a board member of OutWords, an LGBTTQ publication in Manitoba and Northern Ontario. Throughout the years, he has researched human rights topics such as the exploitation of children in Central America, racial discrimination, human rights education, trafficking and sexual slavery, immigration and refugees, children’s rights, legal empowerment of the poor, Canadian legal history, etc. Armando conducted oral history interviews in Uganda, Thailand, Jordan and Sweden for his graduate research on children’s rights.

Louise Simbandumwe


Louise Simbandumwe came to Canada as a refugee with her family in 1979 due to widespread massacres in Burundi. Louise has Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is the Co-Director of SEED Winnipeg – a community economic development organization established to combat poverty in Winnipeg. Louise’s extensive volunteer commitments include Amnesty International, the Refugee Claimant Public Education Working Group, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, Make Poverty History and the Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls Action Group. In 2012, she was presented with the Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba

Art Miki


Art Miki has dedicated his life to promoting positive race relations, increasing awareness of human rights issues in Canada, and is an advisor to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. As president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, he led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War. In 1991 Art received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada and in 1999 he accepted an Honourary Doctorate degree from the University of Winnipeg. He was Citizenship Judge for Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 1998 until 2008 and he is a guest instructor for the Faculty of Education and Global College at the University of Winnipeg.

David Newman

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David Newman is the senior counsel to Pitblado LLP, and former managing partner and Chair of the predecessor firm. David serves as an advocate, negotiator, and dispute resolver. David serves as a facilitator of restorative justice processes and as an educator in the fields of peace, conflict resolution, and human rights. David has experience representing clients at all court levels including the Supreme Court of Canada as well as before numerous labour and other administrative tribunals. David served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) (1995-1999) and as a Minister in the Manitoba Government (1997-1999) of Northern and Native Affairs, Energy and Mines, Community Economic Development Fund, and Manitoba Hydro. In 2012, David was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to Manitoba. David is a Peace Builder and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners and Peace Days; Member on International Board of Rotarian Action Group for Peace; Member of National Board of Honouring Indigenous Peoples, and Past President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg (1994-95). David has a passion for the integration of peace, justice, and human rights practices within and amongst organizations.

Nadia Kidwai

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Nadia was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales. After graduating from Oxford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and History, she moved straight to Winnipeg in 2004. For the past decade, Nadia has worked across various sectors, each intersecting with her passion for working on issues related to diversity, multiculturalism, community development and capacity building, particularly within the newcomer community. She began working for several grassroots and non-profit organisations and then went on to work for the Government of Manitoba, Dept. of Multiculturalism and Immigration as a research consultant and speech writer. In 2011 she began working for CBC Manitoba as a journalist and continues to write Opinion Editorials for the Winnipeg Free Press. Nadia was the co-founder and program designer of the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI) and program manager for CMLI from 2012- 2014.

Currently Nadia is Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, advising the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women on issues affecting women across the province. Nadia is the Program Coordinator e  for Next Up Winnipeg, a national leadership program for young people committed to social change and environmental justice. Nadia is also the Engagement and Events Coordinator for the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET).

Nadia is a council member of the Institute for International Women’s Rights and council member of Immigration Partnership Winnipeg. She is the mother of 2 young boys and therefore well versed in Star Wars, Minecraft, Real Madrid and other equally important cultural phenomena.

Eduardo Da Costa

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Eduardo da Costa is an economist, scholar, and development practitioner in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. As the first Rotary Peace Fellow from the Brazilian Amazon region, and given his specific interest in the topics of sustainable development and peace, he was assigned by the Rotary Foundation to attend Duke University’s Master of International Development Policy Program at the Duke/UNC Rotary Peace Center, in North Carolina.

Upon completion of the Rotary Peace Program in 2012, Eduardo returned to the Brazilian Amazon where he worked as Special Advisor to the Governor of the State of Pará, the second largest state in Brazil. In 2014, Eduardo was admitted to the PhD Program in Peace and Conflict Studies in the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba, Canada, where his research focuses on innovative approaches and strategies to ensure that voices, visions, and interests of indigenous peoples and local communities are incorporated into the planning, design, and implementation of development policies and large-scale infrastructure development projects.

Eduardo’s academic interests focus on corporate social/environmental responsibility, conflict prevention, human rights, and the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon.

Philippe Jacques 


Originally from Ottawa, Philippe Jacques started his professional artistic journey training in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After graduation from the Professional Division, he continued his studies in the RWB School’s Post-Secondary Aspirant Program where he had the occasion to perform and tour internationally in many of the RWB Company’s productions, such as Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin, Yardanova’s The Nutcracker and Jorden Morris’ Moulin Rouge The Ballet. During this time, Philippe also explored the realm of choreography, creating for his fellow Aspirants and for more independent projects like X Years, a piece commissioned for the David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour. His desire to expand his knowledge in contemporary movement led him to he participate in programs such as the Nederlands Danz Theatre Summer (2013) and Springboard Danse Montréal (2014, 2017), where he had the opportunity to learn works by choreographers such as Crystal Pite and Jiri Kylian and to work with artists from GöterborgsOperan Danskompani and Montreal’s Overtigo. Since his time in the Aspirant Program, Philippe has created many well-received works, including a piece entitled Text Me on the subject of Child Sexual Exploitation, in collaboration with Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada. He has also created a site-specific dance for the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics in Toronto commissioned by the National Ballet School of Canada for the Creative Challenge, and a solo work on principal dancer Jaime Vargas on the subject of Agricultural Migrant Workers for the 2015 International Metropolis Conference, done in collaboration with Canadian Museum for Human Rights Curator Armando Perla. Jacques is currently working as a choreographer and artistic coordinator for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School while dancing and choreographing independently. His latest appearance as a dancer was in the 2016 Q Dance and his most recent independent choreographic work, A Day In The Life Of, translated the knowledge of Dr Roberta Woodgate of the University of Manitoba’s research on youth living with severe anxiety into a series of educational and awareness-raising dance-based videos.

Kristi Kenyon


Dr. Kristi Kenyon is Assistant Professor in the human rights program at the University of Winnipeg. She comes to UWinnipeg having held post-doctoral fellowships in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University and the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The 2007 Trudeau scholar has worked in, on, and with civil society organizations for more than fifteen years in South East Asia, Southern Africa and Canada. Her current research focuses on human rights, civil society, health, development, and qualitative research with a regional emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. She has a particular interest in HIV advocacy and in the ways culture shapes how we understand human rights.

Kenyon has worked for the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS in Gaborone, Amnesty International in London and the Asian Institute for Development Communication in Kuala Lumpur. Kenyon has served on the board of local and international development organizations in Canada (World University Service of Canada) and Botswana (Thusano Lefatsheng Trust). She holds an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK), and a PhD in Political Science (UBC).

Clint Curle 

clintDr. Clint Curle is the Senior Advisor to the President on Stakeholder Relations at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Previously a professor at Carleton University’s Law department, Clint taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Rights and Transnational Justice, with a focus on theories of human rights and research methodology. Clint formerly directed an international development NGO called World Hope, and has designed and supervised transitional justice and human rights enhancement projects in several African and eastern European countries. For eight years he served as a Methodist parish pastor, including a stint as volunteer chaplain at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre just north of Edmonton, Alberta. His research interests include the 20th century history of human rights, theories of human rights, Canadian contributions to the international human rights movement, and the interweaving of humanitarianism, criminalization and human rights. He has published two books on human rights: Humanité : John Humphrey’s alternative account of human rights (UTP, 2007) and New Directions in Human Rights: The Augustana Distinguished Lectures 2007 (University of Alberta/Chester Ronning Centre, 2008). Clint’s educational background includes a PhD (Political Science), MA (theology), MA (Legal Studies) and an LLB.

Laura Normand

laura.pngLaura Normand is currently the Results Measurement and Reporting Officer of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international humanitarian assistance NGO that is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution and International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Arts degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from a joint-University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg program. She has worked in the field of community-based and international development for over a decade, and her prior work experiences include working for the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Whitefeather Forest Initiative in Pikangikum First Nation, and on an IDRC-funded coastal resource management research project in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia. Areas of expertise include Results-Based Management tools, integrating gender concerns across food security and humanitarian assistance programming, project planning and reporting, and data analysis.

Shamin Brown

shamin.pngShamin Brown is an art and story activist, registered social worker, poet, writer and survivor of sexual exploitation. She is also the author of I’m an addict: In Bits & Pieces. In October 2014, she received the Canadian Hero Inspiration Award from the Joy Smith Foundation for her work in raising awareness and facilitating healing of sexual exploitation. Through her humanitarian work, she covers issues affecting women and youth such as prostitution/sexual exploitation, addictions, violence, harm reduction, healthy relationships, and the like.

Her therapeutic spoken word workshops build shame resilience through the use of sharing circles, narrative therapy and creative writing, placing emphasis on self-reflection. For public education presentations, Shamin also provides training and development services and public education presentations.

Shamin has previously served as a Coalition Member at the Manitoba Coalition of Experiential women and Transgenders, a Coalition Member of Sexually Exploited Youth Community Coalition, Youth Peer Mentor at Klinic Community Health, Sage House Drop in Worker at Mount Caramel Clinic, Research Support and Training and Development Assistant, and working as an Educational Assistant with the Winnipeg School Division.

Currently, Shamin is working with the Winnipeg School Division as a Youth Justice Educational Assistant, where she is academically, socially and behaviorally supporting youth in transitioning from the justice system into community schools.

Karine Duhamel

duhamelDr. Karine Duhamel is the Researcher-Curator for Indigenous Content at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, having joined the CMHR team in February of 2016. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg where she teaches courses about the history of residential schools and the administration of Indigenous peoples in the 19th and 20th century.  Karine holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, as well as a Master’s degree and a Doctorate from the University of Manitoba. Her doctoral research focused on the development of Indigenous politics in Canada and in the United States after World War II. Other research has focused on treaty and constitutional federalism in Canada. Prior to working at the CMHR, Dr. Duhamel worked in program administration within the not-for-profit sector, as adjunct professor, and as a public school teacher. In addition, she has worked for over 10 years as a professional researcher and consultant for various Winnipeg law firms, specializing in Aboriginal and treaty law and First Nations community development. Karine is Metis and has deep roots in Manitoba and in northern Ontario. She is currently working on a book project that focuses on the Metis experience in residential and day schools.

Alana Lajoie-O’Malley

alanaAlana Lajoie-O’Malley is the Director of the Campus Sustainability Office at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a yoga practitioner and teacher. Alana has worked as a researcher in the departments of History and Physics and as a Teaching Assistant in the department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg. Alana holds a BSc in Physics and a BA(Hons.) entitled Science as a Catalyst for Social Change from the University of Winnipeg, a program she designed combining the study of History, Physics and Politics. She also holds a Master’s in South Asian Studies from Oxford University, where she focused her studies on Sanskrit, the history and philosophy of yoga, and the history of mathematical astronomy in India.

Diane Redsky

Diane Redsky is a nationally renowned visionary thinker and community leader who has long worked to address the myriad of issue’s facing Winnipeg’s urban Aboriginal community in all areas of health, justice, education and social services. Since 1993, she has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity working within the social services sector and has become a strong advocate for aboriginal, children’s and women’s issues. She has helped to create numerous innovative programs that have helped build healthy communities. She believes in a shared value and culturally appropriate approach and possesses clear vision to detail. Diane’s belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life’s journey:

“ I believe that everyone has gifts and strengths to share that will enable us to work together for healthy families and healthy communities.”

Diane has been instrumental in the development of resources for sexually exploited and trafficked girls including a safe house and rural healing lodge in Canada. In 2013-2014, she led the Canadian Women’s Foundation National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada that concluded 34 recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada. Diane has returned to the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg to bring leadership and voice on Aboriginal issues.

She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Order of Manitoba and presented to the United Nation Status of Women on violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.

“Together, we can give a voice to survivors, end this extreme form of violence against women and girls and stop this violation of human rights.”

Leslie Spillet

Leslie was born in Northern Manitoba in 1951 and raised by a family with deep roots to the land. Her material ancestry is Cree from Cumberland House and Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Red River Metis and her paternal ancestry is Irish and Scottish.

Leslie attended boarding school in Saskatchewan and completed high school in Calgary. She obtained a Diploma in Journalism and Administration from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1972 and worked as a journalist and photographer prior to moving to Winnipeg in 1977.  She also attended the University of Winnipeg for two years working toward a Political Science degree.

Leslie has held various positions related to administration including her present position as the Executive Director of Ka Ni Kanichihk which she, along with other community women, founded in 2001. She was also one of the principle founders and leaders of Mother of Red Nations Women’s Council of Manitoba and held an executive position on the Native Women Association of Canada Board of Directors between 2003 – 2007.

It was during her tenure that NWAC began its Sisters in Spirit campaign to raise awareness and action regarding the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. She participated in Amnesty International research and subsequent report, Stolen Sisters in 2003 – 2004. It was also during this time that activities to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Women began in Manitoba. Leslie also raised this issues related to Missing and Murdered Women at a UN World Conference Against Racism in 2001 and at a UNESCO conference in 2005.

As the Executive Director of Anishnaabe Oway Ishi, she founded the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.   She also founded the successful Keeping the Fires Burning, an annual event that recognized the importance of traditional knowledge and restoring the status of indigenous women.

Leslie has been an activist and advocate for many people on a wide range of issues, including child welfare, justice, education, health, environment, employment and women’s rights.

Leslie is a mother, grandmother and a sundancer.

In 2011, the University of Winnipeg conferred upon Leslie an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Most recently, she was inducted into the Order of Manitoba for 2012, the highest honour in the Province of Manitoba.