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Dr. JoLee Blackbear is Anishinabe (Ojibwe) from both Michigan and Ontario. She is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Regina. She brings a BA in Social Science from Michigan State University (MSU) (1992), a MSc in Human Development, Counselling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island (1997), and a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning (2004) from MSU. JoLee is on the editorial board for the Indigenous Policy Journal and has recently published work in “Bleed Me a River: A Domestic Violence Anthology” (2011). JoLee is a critical ethnographer whose research interests include the intergenerational effects of historical (post-colonial) trauma and traditional healing methods with First Nations Communities. Currently, she is looking at the retraumatization effects of the Residential School Reconciliation Process on survivors and has recently received a New Investigator Grant from the Indigenous People’s Health Research Centre for her project: Many Voices, One Journey: Survivors’ Experiences of the Residential School Reconciliation Process. JoLee’s research interests also include Indigenous research methodologies, and empowering Aboriginal youth to be part of the solution (ongoing research with partners in


northwestern Ontario). JoLee resides in Regina with her partner Derrick Sasakamoose from Ahtahkakoop First Nation, Northern, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Mia Perry is an Assistant Professor in Arts Ed (drama and theatre education). Mia works in the intersections of drama and theatre, education, and philosophy. She was a theatre and drama scholar, practitioner, and educator for over 15 years. Formerly, she studied and practiced at the Samuel Beckett Centre, University Trinity College in Dublin; The Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow; the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England; and the University of British Columbia. Mia worked and taught in schools and community contexts in Canada, Ireland, and Russia and her research and scholarship are presented and published internationally in numerous academic and trade journals and conferences. Mia’s current interests involve contemporary cultural practices in education, (specifically hip hop), and methodologies of embodiment in performance and education research. Mia recently moved to Regina with her husband, Pete, and her two children, Aaron and Eddie.

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