The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies

Roland Bohr, Director

Roland Bohr is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. He grew up in Germany, where he earned an MA degree in history at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with a thesis on the portrayal of North American Indigenous Peoples in German elementary and high school textbooks.

Following his interest in Indigenous technologies, in 1995/96, he held a Fulbright grant at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, where he studied the history and material culture of Aboriginal peoples of the northern plains, mainly the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota. In 1999, Roland Bohr entered the Ph. D. program in History at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, where he graduated in 2005 with a thesis on "Aboriginal Archery and European Firearms on the Northern Great Plains and in the Central Subarctic: Survival and Adaptation, 1670 - 1870." His thesis supervisor, Professor Jennifer S. H. Brown, introduced Roland Bohr to the Centre for Rupert's Land Studies, where he held a Harington Fellowship from 2001 to 2002.

His research interests include Canadian and US Aboriginal history, material culture of the fur trade era, and continuity and change in Indigenous hunting and military technology on the Northern Plains and in the Central Subarctic.

Scott Stephen, Assistant Director

Scott Stephen has spent twenty-five years working in museums, archives, universities, and anywhere else that a History degree might come in handy.  He has taught history at both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba since 2000.  Since 2007, his 'day job' has been with Parks Canada's Winnipeg office, where he has worked on a variety of projects for national historic sites from York Factory to the Yellowhead Pass and beyond.  He is particularly interested in the Hudson’s Bay Company and the trading post communities which it helped create:  within this larger context, his current research projects include a history of work (overlapping with, but distinct from, labour history) and a history of space, landscape, and soundscape.  He lives in Winnipeg with his wife, his son, his cat, and an alarming number of books.

Roselle Panganiban, Office Assistant

Roselle Panganiban completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Winnipeg in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications, minoring in Interdisciplinary Linguistics. She is also currently employed as a writing tutor with the University of Winnipeg's Tutoring Centre and as a Program Officer at the National Microbiology Laboratory (Public Health Agency of Canada). She has previous experience in the Work-Study Program as a research assistant and as a proofreader.