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Dallas Gillingham

Naomi Bird

Naomi Bird is a Nehiyaw woman from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Treaty Six Territory. Naomi uses she/them pronouns. Next spring, they will graduate from Dalhousie University with a double major in Sustainability and Urban Planning, and a minor in Indigenous Studies. In the academic realm, Naomi is passionate about many topics including: land-based, decolonial education, urban Indigenous realities, and how historical trauma impacts contemporary Indigenous health. Naomi has witnessed the erasure of Indigenous histories and realities in both faculties she studies under; experiencing this, Naomi plans on pursuing a masters degree in curriculum studies or place-based education in the coming years. They wish to address the Eurocentrism of the Academy, in an attempt to lessen the violence(s) enacted upon Indigenous students navigating academia. They are currently working as an Indigenous Summer Scholar with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Dallas Gillingham

Dallas Cant

Dallas Cant is working towards completing a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. They are interested in exploring queer embodiment with a particular focus on fat bodies and sex work, curatorial methodology, and cultural production. Dallas recognizes creative intervention as medium of resistance/survival and includes decolonial, anti-racist, trans, and sex work artistic practices into her research methodology. They hope to pursue an M.A. in sexuality studies and cultural production and communications. They are currently working as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Thiané Diop

Mika Castro

Mika Castro is an undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg who is currently majoring in sociology. She is interested in learning about the stories and lives of queer POC immigrants in Canada, most specifically how they navigate their queer identities between their Canadian and immigrant communities. She is currently working as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Thiané Diop

Thiané Diop

Thiané holds a B.A. in History from the University of Manitoba and is a current student in the Cultural Studies M.A. program at the University of Winnipeg. Through her work at numerous historic sites and museums in Manitoba, she has become interested in the representation of intersectional queer identities. She is particularly interested in the narratives attached to the few stories featuring people who identify as both queer and racialized. She is currently working as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Jana Elazar

Jana Elazar

Jana Elazar is currently working on a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. She is particularly interested in decolonizing settler institutions and spaces through a queer of colour critique. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in culture and communications. She is currently working as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Jase Falk

Jase Falk

Jase Falk is an undergraduate student working towards an honours degree in English at the University of Winnipeg. She is particularly interested in queer theory with a focus on trans subjectivities, cultural production & history. She is currently working as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


Jase Falk

Liang (Hubery) Huang

Liang (Hubery) Huang is currently studying at Northwest A&F University as an English major in China. She is particularly interested in queer theory and how LGBTQ groups influence museum cultures. She is currently working as an Intern through the Mitacs Program with Dr. Angela Failler and Dr. Heather Milne and the Museum Queeries project.


 

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