Lorena Sekwan Fontaine
Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, University of Winnipeg, Canada

Lorena Sekwan Fontaine (BA, LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D) is Cree-Anishinabe and a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, Canada. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Her research includes Indigenous language rights, linguicide and the legacy of the residential schools. Previously, Professor Fontaine has taught for the First Nations University of Canada and the School of Public Policy Graduate Program at Queens University. She has spoken nationally and internationally on residential school issues and Indigenous language rights in Canada and has authored articles on these topics. Her PhD research was presented in a CBC documentary entitled “Undoing Linguicide,” which was awarded the 2017 Radio Television Digital News Association Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity (Radio). Her most recent research includes "Nindibaajimomin: A Digital Storytelling Project for Children of Residential School Survivors," and most recently, the Mite Achimowin (Heart Talk) Research Project, which uses oral history and arts-based research approaches to explore culturally-rooted knowledge concerning oppressive mechanisms influencing the caring for one’s heart among First Nations women. She has also worked with the Assembly of First Nations as an advisor on Aboriginal languages for a number of years. Since 2003, Professor Fontaine has been an advocate for Indigenous Residential School Survivors as well as their descendants. She was a task force member and contributor to the Assembly of First Nations’ Report on Canada's Dispute Resolution Plan to compensate for abuses in Indian Residential Schools. Professor Fontaine also acted as a legal consultant to the Toronto law firm Thomson Rogers in a National Class Action on Indigenous Residential Schools.

Read more about Professor Fontaine's work on her faculty website here.