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IMPACT ASSESSMENT | CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION | TERRITORIAL PLANNING

We acknowledge that our office is located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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About Us

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Our Story

Founded in 2017

Stories are powerful. Stories teach, advance diplomacy, break barriers, and promote healing. Our story represents an effort to amplify voices that may otherwise go unheard, or unaddressed despite being heard. Narratives emerged to negotiate space for early, respectful dialogue for all parties to make informed decisions that align with their principles, values, and ways of being. It emerged to advance a holistic understanding of how projects, initiatives, policies, plans, and actions impact the social, cultural, biophysical, and spiritual fabric of the world within and around us. It emerged to push the boundaries of research, policy, planning, and practice. It emerged to do our part on the path to reconciliation, one story at a time. From the place where the Red meets the Assiniboine, within the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, the Cree, the Oji-Cree, the Dakota, and the Dene peoples, in Treaty 1 territory, and the homeland of the Métis, we are Narratives.

How We Work

Principles of UNDRIP

Our work is informed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and deeply inspired by the principles of storywork: respect, responsibility, reciprocity, reverence, holism, interrelatedness, and synergy. These inform our approach to Impact Assessment, while integrating the best practice principles of Impact Assessment by the IAIA. Together, these principles enable us to push the boundaries of best practice, approach each project with creativity, curiosity, and deliberate thinking about how we can do better each time.

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Our Values

Sustainable, Ethical

Narratives is dedicated to operating in an ethical and sustainable manner. We are committed to taking deliberate steps to protect human rights, the community, society, and the environment in which we operate.

Narratives is committed to being a leader in sustainability through focused decision-making that supports and promotes environmental sustainability. Care for the environment is one of our vital responsibilities as an environmental firm, and key to how we conduct business. We strive to manage our carbon footprint, decrease our overall environmental impact, and reduce our energy use to contribute to a healthier planet for us, and our future generations.

Who We Work With

Clients and Partners

Narratives works with Indigenous communities, provincial, federal, municipal, and territorial governments, and industry to support informed decision-making.

For more information on the services we provide, please see our Services.

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Reciprocity

Corporate Social Responsibility

At Narratives we recognize that the manners in which we lead, work, and behave are driven by our core values. As such, Narratives is committed to meeting the highest standards of ethics and professionalism and believe this must be done through a holistic approach to corporate responsibility. We are committed to reinvesting in and supporting our community in addressing developmental priorities. Through community investment, Narratives is supporting local capacity building, livelihoods development and skills transfer. We take an active role in community participation, at present, having contributed to our community through the following activities:

  • Providing active mentorship and coaching in partnership with universities and colleges across Canada.
  • Supporting several causes in our community (both through monetary and in-kind support) including the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre, the Dream Room Project, the Shameless Circle, Central Asia Institute, Kenora Friendship Centre, Clan Mothers, CancerCare Manitoba and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba.
  • Donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other supplies to local organizations and communities in response to COVID-19.
  • Providing pro bono business services to several not-for-profits.

Our Services

Territorial and
Community Planning

Supporting communities with building community-based long-term visions and identifying economic development goals and mechanisms to achieve those. Assisting communities with land use planning, developing consultation and engagement protocols, corporate governance structures, and training and development needs. Identifying and leveraging funding to support various planning initiatives.

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Impact Assessment

Supporting communities with conducting assessments that are rooted in the Indigenous worldview and reflective of best practice principles of Impact Assessment. Supporting communities with conducting psycho-social, cultural, spiritual, and social impact assessments to understand project impacts more holistically.

Using tools such as mapping, videography, and other creative media to better inform decision-making.

Research & Analysis

Working in collaboration with Nations, communities, and organizations to conduct archival research and analysis to support various initiatives, investigations and pursuits.
 
Working with Nations, communities, and organizations to develop memorandums of understanding and/or agreements to obtain records relevant to investigations.
 
Working with Nations, communities, and organizations to decolonize approach to research, as well as access to archival records. 
 
Identifying and leveraging funding sources to support and streamline research and investigative efforts.
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Capacity Building

Supporting the design and implementation of capacity building programs in mining and resource development, land use planning, community engagement, and project coordination. Offering training workshops in Indigenous engagement, cultural awareness, impact assessment, and conflict transformation.

Conducting guest lectures and workshops, and offering keynote addresses on Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, Impact Assessment, Engagement, and Professional Development in the planning sector.

Identifying and leveraging funding to support capacity building and training initiatives.

Traditional Land
Use Studies

Working under the guidance of the elders, conducting archival and oral history research to document historical and current land use to support various development files.

Mapping, videography, art, and curriculum support so communities can promote inter-generational learning.

Identifying and leveraging funding sources to support and streamline studies.

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Negotiations

Acting as lead negotiators on Process Agreements, Resource-sharing Agreements, Relationship Agreements, or Impact-benefit Agreements that allow for mutually agreeable benefits to be realized.

Compiling technical information to support negotiations or advising on negotiations.

Providing for ongoing mentorship and capacity building so communities can apply the processes and mechanisms on other active files.

Identifying and leveraging funding to support and streamline existing negotiations.

We Are Storytellers

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Somia Sadiq

she/her
EP, MNRM, MCIP, RPP

Principal Partner 

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Conor Smith

he/him
RPP, MCIP, MSc, MCP

Partner  |  Senior Planner

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Desirée Thériault

she/her
BEnvD, MLArch

Project Director  | Design

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Kristine Lawson

she/her
PhD

Project Director

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Paul Bell

he/him
MPl, RPP, MCIP

Project Director | Senior Planner

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Eden Klein

she/her
BEnvSc Hons (Cand)

Project Manager  |  Environmental Planner

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Heather Webb

she/her
BEnvST, EPt

Project Manager  |  Environmental Planner 

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Claire Woodbury

she/her
BSc

Project Manager |
Learning & Engagement Facilitator

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Michelle Grover

she/her
BA, MCP

Project Manager  |   Planner

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Meaghan Morrish

she/her

Project Manager  |   Planner

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Bryce Gallant

she/her
BA Hons, MA

Project Manager

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Melissa Davidson

she/her
BA, MA, MA

Senior Researcher

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Kathryn Boschmann

she/her
BA Hons, MA

Senior Researcher

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Gabrielle Elbourne

she/her
AdvDip GIS Hons, EPt

GIS Technologist

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Hannah Schneider

she/her
BASoc Hons (Cand)

Socio-Cultural Analyst

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June Njenga

she/her
BEnvSc

Environmental Planner

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Andrea Marcon

she/her
BEnvST, EPt

Environmental Planner

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Dillon Fernando

he/him
BEnvSc (Co-op)

Environmental Planner

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Alrika Rojas

she/her
BEnvSc (Co-op), EPt

Environmental Planner

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Steven Walker

he/him
BEnvST

Environmental Planner

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Shay Harder

she/her
DipGD

Design Lead

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Brandon Klein

he/him
DipDMD

Content Strategist

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Jensen Budd

she/her
BA

Videographer

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Sam Kobewka

she/her

Document Controller

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Kirsten Klatt

she/her
BA

Executive Assistant

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Justeen Barnes

she/her
BSc (Cand)

Project Coordinator

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Amy Marques

she/her
BA (Cand)

Receptionist

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Jaydeen Lachapelle

she/her
BA

Youth Researcher

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Nicole Lysack

she/her
BA

Youth Researcher

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Mila Khatri

she/her
BTech (Hons), MES

Research & Engagement Intern

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Eliza Maharjan

she/her
BEnvST

Planning Intern

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Devon Hare

he/him
BA

Planning Intern

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Ryley Kowalski

she/her
BA

Community Support Intern

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Zazu

DipHugs&Snuggles

Chief Happiness Officer

Photo source: Kristine Lawson

Kitty

Am/Can Grand
Champion in all Dog Arts

Lunch Sampling Specialist

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Somia Sadiq

Principal Partner | Environmental Planner (she/her)

Impact Assessment | Negotiations | Community Planning

With ancestral roots in post-colonial Punjab and Kashmir, Somia brings a strong drive to decolonize our ways of thinking, knowing, and being. Somia is a Certified Environmental Professional (EP) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), specializing in Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, and Conflict Transformation informed and inspired by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and trauma-based approaches. Her sectors of experience include community development, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, and transportation and infrastructure development. Somia’s portfolio includes: negotiations, strategic communications, project management, environmental permitting, impact assessment, impact benefit, revenue sharing, and/or resource agreements, monitoring and evaluation, socioeconomic assessments, social programming, capacity building, risk evaluation, and development and execution of trauma-informed engagement programs.

Somia’s research interests are in the areas of psychosocial barriers to reconciliation, and understanding the role of individual and group identity, Framing, Othering, and Trauma to the nature of relationships between groups.

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Conor Smith

Partner | Planner (he/him)

Land Use Planning | GIS Analytics | Socioeconomic Research

Conor is a Planner specializing in land use planning and community engagement for policy, infrastructure, and physical development projects. With experience providing services in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta, Conor keeps a diverse professional portfolio of projects servicing municipalities, provincial organizations, Indigenous communities, private firms, and individual clients.

He has provided his expertise in strategic public and stakeholder engagement to support development permitting, community visioning and capacity-building, and collaborative options and alternatives assessments. In the area of land use planning, Conor has experience in socioeconomic research and demographic profiling, housing needs assessment, lifecycle cost analysis, land use projection and needs assessment, and renewable and non-renewable resource development.

He has supported these projects with skills in design and visual communication to produce display boards, advanced layouts for reporting, project notification, and graphics; and geographic information system (GIS) mapping to produce existing and preferred land use figures, site plans and conceptual mock-ups, and to conduct development capability studies and other spatial analysis applications.

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Desirée Thériault

Project Director | Landscape Lead (she/her)

Landscape Architecture | Design | Visual Communications

Desirée Thériault is an Environmental Planner and Landscape Designer with Narratives Inc. As a Métis designer with a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Desiree grounds her work in Indigenous social, cultural and spiritual resurgence, as well as environmental vitality.

Her experience lies in engaging communities through resilient place-making, ecological assessment, representation, and spatial justice. Throughout her thesis work, Desiree looked to uncover the role of landscape architecture in responding to gender-based violence and social recovery – working alongside MMIWG2S families to deconstruct colonial spatial practices throughout Winnipeg.

Desirée’s work with Narratives includes supporting landscape design and visioning, GIS analytics, traditional land use studies, community plans, impact assessments, graphic communication, and place-making.

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Kristine Lawson

Project Director (she/her)

Land-Based Learning | Participatory Design | Stories as Medicine

Kristine is a Pacific Coast woman of deep United States and Austrian descent. She is trained as a cultural anthropologist who aims to bridge between science and spirit in meaningful ways. Her focus areas include social sustainability, decolonizing ways of knowing, and relationships between people and the land. Her dissertation research investigated the Trans Mountain pipeline in British Columbia and forms of Indigenous and settler leadership through politics and ceremony. During her studies, Kristine had the privilege of learning about plant medicine and the teachings of our rooted-in-the-earth relations from local traditional teachers.

In 2020-2021, Kristine worked as a consultant on the Reconciling Ways of Knowing project, facilitating transformational dialogues between traditional Indigenous knowledge carriers, western scientists, and political leaders. At this same time, under the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, she supported the creation of a major business case proposal, ultimately funded by the Canadian Government, to establish a national Indigenous guardians network.

As often as possible, Kristine enjoys hanging out with her dog, Kitty, digging in the garden, adventuring with her nephews, and dancing at concerts with friends.

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Paul Bell

Project Director | Senior Planner (he/him)

Community Planning | Land Use Planning | Community Engagement

Paul is a Registered Professional Planner that primarily focuses on equitable community development, land-use planning, and community engagement.  He brings experiences from both the public and private sectors, with a portfolio that includes policy development, development plan implementation and review, zoning amendments, subdivision applications and other land-use approvals. 

Paul frames his work around concepts of building community capacity and capability through inclusive engagement and planning processes. Key parts of this are including elements of the cultural, spiritual, and environmental aspects of a community.  For Paul, facts and figures only tell part of the story, but it is our connections to the land and each other that tell the whole story, and that story should shape how our communities are developed.    

Paul’s work with Narratives includes community development and land-use planning, impact assessment, capacity building, and providing strategic advice on territorial activity. 

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Eden Klein

Project Manager | Environmental Planner (she/her)

Impact Assessment | Community Engagement | Qualitative Research

Eden is a Project Manager and Environmental Planner specializing in impact assessment, qualitative research, and community engagement. With demonstrated skills in communications, data analysis, and technical reporting, she has supported and managed a variety of projects related to areas including land management, community planning and development, capacity-building, education and training, environmental permitting, impact assessment, and socio-cultural research. Eden is passionate about ensuring her work embodies a decolonized, trauma-informed approach and promotes goals of Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and reconciliation.

Eden is currently completing an Honours degree in Environmental Science, specializing in Indigenous Planning and minoring in Indigenous Studies. Through her academic coursework, Eden has obtained technical knowledge in areas of natural resource management, sustainable development, environmental planning, conservation and protected areas, and Indigenous community development. Her thesis investigated the potential for impact assessment to be used as a tool for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through holistic and Indigenous-led models.  

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Heather Webb

Project Manager | Environmental Planner (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Community Engagement | Impact Assessment

Heather is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. Heather holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Environmental Assessment and minoring in Indigenous Studies. Through academic coursework, Heather has obtained technical knowledge in areas of environmental assessment, sustainability, natural resource law and policy, and Indigenous community development. Heather has a background in environmental monitoring of hydroelectric developments, environmental programming and event development, and environmental reporting.

Heather has a passion for meaningful and empowering community engagement, environmental stewardship, and rollerblading. Her work at Narratives includes conducting traditional knowledge and story-based interviews with Indigenous communities, qualitative data analysis of interviews through MAXQDA, and impact assessment report writing. She is also a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment, ECO Canada, and the Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter. Heather has a love for the outdoors and spends her free time rollerblading and hiking within Manitoba’s parks.

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Claire Woodbury

Project Manager | Learning & Engagement Facilitator (she/her)

Creative Learning | Community Engagement | Impact Assessment

Claire is a Learning and Engagement Facilitator with Narratives Inc., coming from the field of science education and public engagement. Educated at the University of Manitoba, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology.

Claire has over ten years of experience in communication and public engagement, developing educational programs and interpreting natural environments in national parks, museums and organizations across Manitoba. With Narratives, Claire works with engaging communities through public events, social media and innovative programs. She also assists with impact assessment and the resulting data analysis.

Outside of work, Claire volunteers for various organizations and causes, including advocating for environmental policy at the federal level. She enjoys reading, travelling and getting out in nature.

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Michelle Grover

Project Manager | Planner (she/her)

Community Planning | Sustainable Development | Socioeconomic Research

Michelle is a Planner with Narratives Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph where she majored in Environmental Governance. Having recently graduated from the Master of City Planning program at the University of Manitoba, Michelle brings knowledge and experience with community development, environmental policy, and qualitative research. Michelle’s work with Narratives involves supporting traditional land use studies, community plans, impact assessments, and engagement plans. Michelle is interested in a holistic approach to planning that promotes sustainability and equity.

Outside of work, Michelle loves to curl up with a good book, explore local trails, and play games with friends and family.

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Meaghan Morrish

Environmental Planner (she/her)

Impact Assessment | Engagement | Research & Communications

Meaghan is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. She has demonstrated experience in strategic planning, policy and legislative analysis, research, and writing. Meaghan has over 10 years of consulting experience in the private and non-profit sector. Meaghan’ s research interests are in academic accessibility, and the role of storytelling in conflict transformation.

Meaghan’s work with Narratives includes supporting environmental impact assessments, community engagement, analysis of legislation, research, and communications. Outside of work Meaghan enjoys running, knitting, amateur beekeeping, and spending time with her son and their two dogs.

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Bryce Gallant

Project Manager (she/her)

Gender and Inclusion | Qualitative Research | Reflective Practice

Bryce is a Project Manager at Narratives Inc. She holds a BA Hons in International Development from the University of Winnipeg and an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies and University of Sussex. Through her studies and work experience, Bryce has had the opportunity to work with communities in Canada, Colombia, England, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Ethiopia.

Bryce is interested in the ways gender, environment and development intersect to shape environmental valuation, decision-making, and governance. Her background is in qualitative research and knowledge mobilization in the non-profit sector, focusing on gender transformative approaches to development and climate change adaptation.

Outside of work, Bryce loves travelling, snuggling her dog, busting a move at dance class, and discovering new favourite foods.

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Melissa Davidson

Senior Researcher (she/her)

Historical Research | Community-Based Researcher | Data Analysis

Melissa Davidson is a Senior Researcher at Narratives Inc. She holds a BA in International Development, an MA in History, and an MA in Environment and Geography.

Over the last 10 years, Melissa has worked as a researcher and consultant for a variety of clients on projects related to land, rights to land, its use, ownership, and management. In addition to constituting much of her professional portfolio, the examination of land and all that it encompasses is a central interest of hers.

Melissa brings an interdisciplinary research approach to projects, specializing in both historical research  and community-based research.  Her portfolio includes project management, the facilitation of community engagements and consultations, and a variety of historical research projects.  Increasingly, her work has also expanded to include the analysis of large-scale datasets related to land.

Outside of work, Melissa loves to garden, curl, bicycle, and make music.

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Kathryn Boschmann

Senior Researcher (she/her)

Historical Research | Qualitative Data Analysis | Community Engagement

Kathryn is a Senior Researcher at Narratives Inc. She is passionate about the power of stories and the importance of understanding our past. She has a MA in History from Carleton University and completed four years of the doctorate program in History at Concordia University. Her graduate research focused on oral history which led to a deep appreciation for the powerful experience of listening to someone’s life story. This period in academia also afforded the opportunity to learn more about the history of Indigenous communities in the Prairies.

Through her studies and work experience, Kathryn developed a passion for Indigenous social justice, and is committed to learning more about how she can better support efforts towards reconciliation. She volunteers her time to organizations who collaborate with Indigenous partners to work towards this goal, including the annual We Are All Treaty People Celebration, and the Education Working Group for Share the Gifts – Honour the Treaties.

In her spare time, Kathryn loves to read cheesy novels, snuggle with her cat, attempt to learn bird calls, and rock climb.

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Gabrielle Elbourne

GIS Technologist (she/her)

Mapping and Analysis | Database Management | Drafting

From the sunny shores of Trinidad and Tobago, Gabrielle brings an island life mix to Narratives Inc. Her ancestral background consists of peoples that came to the island and the first peoples of her homeland, such as Spanish, Portuguese, French Creole, East Indian and Amerindian. Her passion is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with her background in drafting, geography, and art to provide visual mapping solutions derived from information collected. Gabrielle is dedicated in providing clarity to her audience by representing information cartographically and providing solutions to spatial issues from analysis results. Her hope is that in presenting the information in various GIS based ways, it serves as a service platform to encourage conversation and meaningful dialog, answers questions and ultimately is used as a base for change.

Gabrielle’s interests are in cartographic and web mapping design, data administration and solutions, drafting and art.

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Hannah Schneider

Socio-Cultural Analyst (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Community Engagement | Research

Hannah is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. She is currently completing an Honours degree in Sociology, with specific interest in race relations and environmental sociology. Through her studies, Hannah has developed proficiencies in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, research, and writing.

She has a background in communications and community engagement in the non-profit sector, with hands-on experience in harm reduction, de-escalation, community renewal, and building relationships with grassroots organizations and community members.

Hannah has a great passion for community. empowerment, and bringing people joy. She loves travelling, the outdoors, and cooking for friends and family.

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June Njenga

Environmental Planner (she/her)

Resource Management | Impact Assessment | Public Policy

June is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. June holds an Environmental Science degree from the University of Manitoba, with a focus on natural resource management.

Her interests in environmental protection span across environmental policy and law, community-based monitoring, land management, water resource management, GIS & remote sensing. Through her education and volunteer experiences, June has developed skills such as project management, event planning, correspondence and report writing.

June has a passion for all things art and culture. During her free time, she loves to read, paint, canoe and dance.

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Andrea Marcon

Environmental Planner (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Research | Community Engagement

Andrea is an Environmental Planner at Narratives Inc. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with a Major in Natural Resource Management and a Minor in Geography. Through her academic coursework, Andrea has obtained technical knowledge in the areas of environmental policy, environmental assessment, and sustainable development.

Andrea has a background working in several diverse research positions, including private, government, and post-secondary institutions. She has demonstrated skills in conducting qualitative data analysis, community-based monitoring, technical reporting, as well as supporting stakeholder outreach and engagement.

Andrea is passionate about projects that promote land stewardship and community wellbeing. In her free time, Andrea loves gardening, travelling, and hiking with friends.  

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Dillon Fernando

Environmental Planner (he/him)

Sustainable Development | Research | Community Engagement

Dillon comes from the Island of Sri-Lanka but has had the opportunity to call multiple places across the globe home. His global experiences are a driving force behind his passion for helping build healthy and sustainable communities.

Dillon holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Manitoba, with a focus on sustainable development. Throughout his academic coursework, Dillon has obtained technical knowledge in environmental health, environmental law and policy, sustainability, ecosystem management, environmental assessment, and community development. Throughout his degree, Dillon has been actively involved in various volunteering initiatives to help create a more sustainable faculty, community, and city. His past experiences include implementing Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) principles in research & analysis surrounding Indigenous communities, proposal development, community engagement, and project management. Some of his work at Narratives includes supporting engagement sessions with communities and conducting research surrounding Indigenous communities, human rights, environmental issues, social planning & development.

Dillon is passionate about serving the communities around him, having meaningful conversations, and exchanging flavourful recipes.

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Alrika Rojas

Environmental Planner (she/her)

Trauma-Informed Planning | Sociocultural Research | Cultural and Environmental Advocacy

Alrika Rojas is an environmental planner at Narratives Inc. As an Andean-Indigenous woman with roots in both Bolivia and Canada, Alrika is passionate about actively working to dismantle the effects of colonization and making space for Indigenous expression. Alrika holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba, where her undergraduate research focused on environmental issues as they relate to human health.

Through her studies and work experience, Alrika has developed a keen interest in trauma-informed practice and mental health and wellness and is working towards integrating this practice into her planning and community engagement. Outside of work, Alrika volunteers her time as an Advisory Board Member and content writer for the Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Centre based in Calgary, Alberta.

In her spare time, Alrika loves continuing education (and growing her book collection) through reading, playing Dungeons & Dragons every Thursday evening, and spending time with her partner, their children, and their dog.

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Steven Walker

Environmental Planner (he/him)

Impact Assessment | Community Engagement | Data Analysis

Steven is an Environmental Planner at Narratives Inc. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba with a major in wildlife management and a minor in Geography.

Steven has a background in community led research initiatives including studies of hydroelectric development and its effects on fish and aquatic ecosystems. It was through this work that he has fostered an interest in the complimentary relationship between Traditional Knowledge and Western Science. He has demonstrated skills in community engagement, community-based monitoring, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and technical report writing.  He is committed to learning more about Harmonized Impact Assessment, and how he can better support efforts towards reconciliation through this lens.

Steven loves outdoor adventure and spends much of his free time whitewater kayaking on rivers throughout Manitoba and beyond.

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Shay Harder

Design Lead (she/her)

Digital Design | Branding | Multi-Media Campaigns

With ancestral roots tied stronger than her großmamas bread kneading to Mennonite heritage, Shay uses the land stewardship and sustainable practices from her bloodline as a guide to create change. She is the Design Lead at Narratives Inc. specializing in web design, print production, multi-media campaigns, social media design and branding. She holds a diploma in Graphic Design from Red River College and since her graduation in 2018, has accumulated 4 years of design experience working both collaboratively and independently.

Shay extends the design process beyond the visual outcome by implementing teachings and lessons discovered along the way. She utilizes all aspects of the design process to advocate for intersectional communication and to bring healthy social change and environmentalism to the forefront of each conversation.

On the personal side of life, Shay enjoys hobby photography, vegetable gardening, cooking, camping and spending leisure time in the natural environment.

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Brandon Klein

Content Strategist (he/him)

Multimedia Design | Social Media Marketing | Visual Communications

Brandon is a Content Strategist at Narratives Inc. As an Oji-Cree designer with a Diploma in Digital Media Design from Red River College, Brandon works to amplify the voices of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island by utilizing multiple design mediums while respecting cultural and spiritual traditions.

His experience and expertise lie in capturing the knowledge and stories of elders through a lens, designing educational toolkits, amplifying voices through social media, creating online brand identities for Indigenous communities and non-profits, and generating successful campaigns that inform audiences on current social issues.

Outside of work, Brandon has a passion for health, fitness, and food; he is always striving to heighten his mind, body, and palate.

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Jensen Budd

Videographer (she/her)

Videography | Photography | Writing

As Narrative Inc’s videographer, Jensen is passionate about using video as a medium to capture and share human stories with the world. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a B.A. in Film and Rhetoric & Communications. Through her education, Jensen has accumulated years of technical experience in the video production process, pre-through-post. She has produced multiple projects ranging from narrative short films to documentary work, with her first independently directed project being chosen as an official selection at the UWpg Film Festival. While experienced in all production sectors, Jensen’s expertise is visual storytelling and all the elements involved–set design, mise-en-scène, cinematography, and picture editing. She also has ample experience in photography and writing, a sharp eye for composition and aesthetics, and a strong artistic intuition.

Jensen approaches every project through an emotional lens first, deeply valuing and emphasizing the emotional core of people, their stories, and their humanity. At Narratives Inc, she intends to utilize this approach to document truths, amplify voices, highlight diverse perspectives, and allow space for what is underrepresented to be seen, all while bringing to light the emotional core behind every project.

When not working on video projects, Jensen spends her time pursuing art elsewhere–writing, painting, reading, listening to music, and watching movies. Her favourite genre of book is character study, and favourite genre of film is camp.

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Sam Kobewka

Document Controller (she/her)

File Organization | Template Development | Administrative Support

Sam is Narratives Inc’s resident File Dragon, also known as a Document Controller. She comes to Narrative’s with a love for wrangling files, as well as developing file structures and document template’s that can make other’s lives a little easier. 

Sam has Inuit roots in the Lower North Shore and is proud of her diverse ancestry. Her time working in childcare with high needs and at-risk youth, in part with life’s lived experience, has carved her into a community driven and compassionate person who is always willing to lend a hand if needed. Sam has worked in several fields to find where her passions and skills could be used in meaningful and impactful ways. Her three years prior to Narratives as an administrative assistant solidified her joy in document and file organization and management, allowing her to use her vivid imagination to come up with innovative ideas.

In her spare time, you will often find Sam with headphones on, a book in one hand and the other busy scratching her fur-baby Beans. She also enjoys wandering aimlessly appreciating this incredible floating rock in space we call home, adding entries to her iNaturalist collection.

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Kirsten Klatt

Executive Assistant (she/her)

Administrative Support | Client Services | Communications

Kirsten is an Executive Assistant with Narratives Inc. As a Metis individual with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology she is passionate about cultures. She comes to Narratives with over 10 years of administrative experience and client service support in a variety of settings. She has demonstrated skills in organization, prioritization, confidentiality, and respectful communication. Her expertise lies in administrative support, client services, and communication. Her roles at Narratives include executive and team administrative support including logistics, client communications, and office management.

Outside of work Kirsten loves to spend time with her daughter and her husband trying out new recipes and perfecting old favorites.

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Justeen Barnes

Project Coordinator (she/her)

Logistics | Event Planning | Communication

Justeen Barnes is a Project Coordinator with Narratives Inc. She has a Metis background and is currently obtaining a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Biological Sciences. Before joining Narratives Inc, Justeen worked as a Project Assistant within the utility realm assisting major and small power line projects across North America, that consisted of Indigenous partnerships. She carries over a strong work ethic from her experience as a Project Assistant and from her years in the hospitality industry, where she developed demonstrated skills in organization, communication, procurement processing, and administrative support. Her role at Narratives Inc. will involve handling logistics, procurement, and event planning.

Justeen is interested and passionate about nutrition, herbalism, and holistic healing. She implements her interests into everyday life with yoga, cooking, biking, camping, and conversation. 

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Amy

Receptionist (she/her)

Client Services | Administrative Support | Logistics Support

Amy will be the first face you see when opening the doors to Narratives Inc. As the receptionist, she provides everyone with a warm welcome and any assistance needed. Amy excels at teamwork, being attentive, supportive, and prepared. She is a hardworking, dedicated, and patient individual.

Amy uses her experience multi-tasking, and utilizes her strong organizational, interpersonal and communication talents daily.

As a young Portuguese Canadian woman, Amy finds that her heritage and ancestral roots allow her to connect more easily with those around her.

She has a huge passion for learning and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women and Gender Studies with a devotion towards feminism and intersectionality. As an outgoing and friendly individual, you can usually find her walking with her dog, Carley, or spending time with her amazing friends and family.

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Jaydeen Lachapelle

Youth Researcher (she/her)

Indigenous Research Methodologies | Community Engagement | Qualitative research

Jaydeen is a Youth Researcher for Narratives Inc. She is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Arts program at the University College of the North (UCN) in Thompson, Manitoba. Jaydeen chose to Major in Aboriginal and Northern Studies and received a Minor in Social Sciences. She was born and raised in Thompson, but her familial roots are in Pimicikamak Cree Nation. Throughout her years in university, Jaydeen was an active member of the ininiwi kiskinwamakewin Centre Student Advisory Committee. On this committee, she actively engaged in community events and provided Indigenous-oriented workshops, activities, and supports to UCN students and their families. Jaydeen is a proud mother of 2 children, whom are her motivation for taking part in research that will benefit Indigenous peoples for future generations.

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Nicole Lysack

Youth Researcher (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Research | Conflict Transformation

Nicole is a Youth Researcher at Narratives Inc. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in which she Majored in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies. Throughout her studies, Nicole has gained experience and technical knowledge in the areas of qualitative research and analysis, conflict transformation and anti-racism theory.

Nicole’s background includes research on anti-racism in the university and harm reduction. Within these roles she has demonstrated skills in qualitative interviewing, data analysis, and reporting.

As a Metis/Michif woman with ancestral roots in the Red River and Qu’Appelle Valley’s, Nicole is excited about engaging in research that works in the interest of self-determination and sovereignty for Indigenous communities

In her spare time, Nicole enjoys gardening, beading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Mila Khatri

Research & Engagement Intern (she/her)

Project Management | Research | Sustainable Development

Mila is a Research and Engagement Intern with Narratives Inc. She has recently completed her masters at the University of Western Ontario in Environment and Sustainability and has a background in graphic design with a specialization in packaging. Mila has experience in research, writing, design fundamentals, consulting, and project management. At Narratives, Mila’s role involves supporting engagement sessions, conducting qualitative research and analysis, and assisting with technical report writing. Through her academic studies, Mila has also gained exposure to topics such as environmental impact assessments, corporate social responsibility, and environmental engineering solutions.

Outside of work, Mila enjoys reading romance and psychological thriller novels, travelling, photography, and maintaining an active lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family and watching classic Bollywood movies.

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Eliza Maharjan

Planning Intern (she/her)

Environmental Justice | Qualitative Research | Community Engagement

From the land of the Himalayas, Eliza brings her passion for animating stories to reality at Narratives Inc. She is a Planning Intern at Narratives Inc. who believes in the power of stories and how they can change lives. She is a fourth-year student at the University of Manitoba focusing on Environmental Justice and Environmental Journalism. Through her coursework and previous experiences, she has obtained knowledge about impact assessment, Indigenous laws, and sustainability and has participated in community outreach. She believes that there are more ways to deal with environmental issues and incorporating traditional knowledge along with science is one of them.

Eliza is passionate about storytelling and dedicated to making sure that her work embodies the decolonized approach and gives voice to those that often go unnoticed. She has demonstrated her passion by volunteering as a blogger for different organizations. Through their studies and work experience, she has developed a passion for Indigenous social justice and environmental justice and is committed to doing her part on the road to reconciliation.

You can find her at the park or her friend’s place when she is not working. If not, she is busy snuggling some contemporary books.

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Devon Hare

Planning Intern (he/him)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Community Engagement | GIS

Devon Hare is a Planning Intern at Narratives Inc who is passionate about community building and engagement. He is most interested in the shared spaces between cultures and how those spaces shape our society. He has a BA in Geography from University of Winnipeg focusing on food geography, political economy, urban planning and environmental sustainability. Through his education he had the opportunity to research on the behalf of Brandon Food Council on community alignment and food security needs.

Through his previous career as a chef, Devon developed a fascination for the role food plays in the human experience and our relationship with the land. It is from his passion for community development and enthusiasm for people’s stories that Devon is committed to learning more about how they can better support efforts towards reconciliation and sustainable futures.

Outside of work he loves to cook, hike, paint, toss a frisbee around and lose at online chess.

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Ryley Kowalski

Community Support Intern (she/her)

Policy Analysis | Qualitative Research | Community Engagement

Ryley is a Community Support Intern at Narratives Inc. She is passionate about the impact of trauma and policy, and the importance of understanding the past. Ryley holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at the University of North Dakota. Her graduate research areas of interest include mental health and wellbeing, intergenerational and historical trauma, criminal justice, environmental justice, and the intersectionality of oppression and discrimination.

Through her studies and work experience, Ryley developed a passion for victimology, mental health, and social justice, and is committed to learning more about how she can better support efforts toward equity and human rights for all. Ryley spent 5 years volunteering for the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, reorganizing and reviewing organization files and assisting with the delivery of the Name That Feeling and Hearing Voices workshops.

At Narratives, Ryley’s role involves supporting engagement sessions with communities, facilitating individual and small group interviews, conducting qualitative research and analysis, and assisting with technical report writing. 

When not at work or school, Ryley can be found going for long walks with her friends, playing volleyball, cuddling with her cats, or reading books she saw on Tiktok.