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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
MSc MCP MCIP

Partner  |  Planner

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Heather Webb

she/her
B.Env St EPt

Project Manager  |  Environmental Planner 

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Eden Klein

she/her
B.Env Sc Hons (Cand.)

Project Manager  |  Environmental Planner

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Alrika Rojas

she/her
B.Env Sc EPt

Environmental Planner

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Claire Woodbury

she/her
B. Sc

Project Manager |
Learning & Engagement Facilitator

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Desirée Thériault

she/her
BEnv D MLArch

Project Director  | Lead Designer

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Luke Whitmore

he/him
Dipl. Comms.

Digital Media & Content Designer

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Brandon Kushnir-Friday

he/him
Dipl. DMD

Multimedia Designer

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Kirsten Klatt

she/her
B.A.

Executive Assistant

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Michelle Grover

she/her
B.A. MCP

Project Manager  |   Planner

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Meaghan Morrish

she/her

Project Manager  |  Environmental Planner

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Paul Bell

he/him
M.Pl RPP MCIP

Project Director | Senior Planner

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Gabrielle Elbourne

she/her
Adv. Dipl. (Hons)

GIS Technologist

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Hannah Schneider

she/her
B.A. Soc Hons (Cand.)

Socio-Cultural Analyst

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June Njenga

she/her
B.Env Sc

Environmental Planner

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Melissa Davidson

she/her
B.A. M.A. M.A.

Senior Researcher

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Shay Harder

she/her
Dipl. GD

Graphic Designer

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Andrea Marcon

she/her
B. Env. St. (Hons.)

Environmental Planner

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Kristine Lawson

she/her
PhD

Project Director

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Babajide Oni

he/him
M.N.R.M

Environmental Planner

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Jaydeen Lachapelle

she/her
B.A.

Youth Researcher

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Justeen Barnes

she/her
B.Sc (Cand.)

Project Coordinator

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Amy Marques

she/her
B.A. (Cand.)

Receptionist

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Anya Ingram

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B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Cand.)

Research & Engagement Intern

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Cam Cannon

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B.A. (Adv.)

Researcher

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Nicole Lysack

she/her
B.A.

Youth Researcher

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John Higgs

he/him
B.A. Soc (Adv.), M.E.D.I. (Cand.)

Research & Engagement Intern

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Mila Khatri

she/her
BTech (Hons.), MES

Research & Engagement Intern

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Nicole Orlikow

she/her
B. Env. Sc. (Hons.)

Research & Engagement Intern

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Dillon Fernando

he/him
B.Env.Sc (Co-op)

Research & Engagement Intern

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Zazu

Dipl. Hugs & Snuggles

Chief Happiness Officer

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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). 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 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, and Othering 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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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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Eden Klein

Project Manager | Environmental Planner (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Visual Communications | Sustainable Development

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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Alrika Rojas

Environmental Planner (she/her)

Environmental Advocacy | Community Engagement | Socioeconomic Research

Alrika is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. with a keen interest in environmental advocacy and trauma-informed community engagement. Through her work at Narratives, Alrika has had the privilege of working with several Indigenous communities in assisting with traditional land use and socio-cultural impact assessment studies.

Day-to-day operations at Narratives keep Alrika busy with a variety of tasks including conducting community interviews, performing qualitative data analysis, and specialized report writing. With a strong interest in the community health and wellness aspects of planning, Alrika is building her knowledge in the field of mental health awareness and support through furthering her education.

A highly motivated individual with a variety of communication and research skills, Alrika is outspoken in her passion for environmental justice. Alrika loves to volunteer her time in her community and enjoys dividing her free time between building knowledge through reading and spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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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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Desirée Thériault

Project Director | Design 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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Luke Whitmore

Digital Media and Content Designer (he/him)

Videography | Graphic Design | Social Media Marketing

Luke Whitmore is a Digital Media and Content Designer at Narratives Inc. Luke graduated from the Creative Communications Program at the Red River College in 2018 with a Major in Video Production. With his educational and practical experience in the communications field, Luke has developed a diverse portfolio of communications work, consisting of many design, writing, photography, and videography projects. With a love for storytelling, Luke brings his creative passion in visual communications to help promote positive change.

At Narratives, Luke works to help spread awareness and bring stories to life through media. This includes filming documentaries and interviews, creating and managing content for social media, websites, and key projects, as well as developing digital and print materials for various stakeholders.

Outside of Narratives, Luke loves to spend time working on personal film projects, going for runs in his neighbourhood, or watching movies with his two cats, Judy and Wrinkles.

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Brandon Kushnir-Friday

Multimedia Designer (he/him)

Multimedia Design | Social Media Marketing | Visual Communications

Brandon is a Multimedia Designer with Narratives Inc. specializing in graphic design, video production, 2D and 3D animation, and web design. With formal education from Red River College, he holds a diploma in Digital Media Design with over 4 years of design experience working independently and with design teams. By developing graphics for social media branding, creating learning management systems, and producing animated video content, Brandon has found to love the creative process, along with everything that it entails.

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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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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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. She has studied Conflict Resolution and is currently studying Rhetoric, Writing and Communications. 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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Paul Bell

Project Director | Senior Planner (he/him)

Land Use Planning | Public Engagement | Public Policy

Paul is a Planner that primarily focuses on equitable community development, land-use planning, and community engagement. Before joining Narratives Inc., Paul worked as a Community Planner in the public sector at the regional and municipal level where his portfolio included policy development and implementation for Development Plans, Zoning By-laws, Subdivision Approvals, Site Development Permitting, and other Land-Use Approvals.

Paul has been an advocate for equitable planning and development through organizations such as the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and Urban Brew. His interests also include cultural planning, building community capacity and resilience, community energy planning.

Outside of Narratives Inc., Paul spends his time deep diving into books, science fiction shows, and is an avid board gamer.

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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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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.

Melissa brings over 10 years of research experience to Narratives Inc., having worked as a researcher and consultant for various academic institutions and governments including First Nations.  Academically, Melissa’s research focuses on land reform as well as the impacts of changing land ownership in Canada and Latin America. She is experienced in historical research methods such as archival research and oral history documentation. Melissa’s research thematically specializes in issues related to land, its ownership, and use.

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

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Shay Harder

Graphic Designer (she/her)

Web Design | Visual Communications | 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. Shay is a Graphic and Visual Communication Designer 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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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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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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Babajide Oni

Environmental Planner (he/him)

Impact Assessment | Sustainable Indigenous Development | Diversity and Inclusion Management

Babajide is an Indigenous African of the Yoruba Nation origin from the Southwestern part of Nigeria. Having an Agricultural Economics background, Babajide is adept in developing agribusiness management strategies, marketing and market principles, business plans and appraisal. As a wisdom-seeker, he obtained a Masters in Natural Resources Management (M.N.R.M) from the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Also, he is a certified United Nations Development Program (UNDP) professional in Ecosystem Restoration and the Use of Spatial Analysis for biodiversity management.

For more than a decade, Babajide has been focused on driving sustainable solutions to mitigate the multifaceted problems of global food insecurity and livelihood inequity. Before joining Narratives Inc., Babajide managed different development-centred initiatives in Nigeria and Canada. In Nigeria, he provided technical support to improve routine immunization coverage in Katsina and Zamfara States through the Northern Nigerian Routine Immunization Systems Strengthening (NNRISP) project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and state governments in a tripartite partnership. Further, in Canada, he engaged the Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership to coordinate sustainable Indigenous-led programs across many Indigenous communities. He co-designed and co-implemented Indigenous-led education initiatives with Indigenous stakeholders to address the ongoing housing crisis, health inequity, food and livelihood insecurity across many Indigenous communities.

At Narratives Inc., Babajide supports Indigenous communities in co-developing progressive partnerships based on the foundational principles of FPIC and UNDRIP towards achieving Mino Bimaadiziwin (the good life as destined by the Creator) and reconciliation in Canada. He likes meeting new people and learning new cultures (or ways of knowing and doing things) to serve humanity optimally. If not taking time off, you can be sure to find him passionately discussing climate change mitigation strategies, international development, and many other human dimensions of natural resources management. Babajide loves playing golf, chess and learning from the Elders.

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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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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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Anya Ingram

Research & Engagement Intern (they/them)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Research | GIS

Anya is a Research and Engagement Intern with Narratives Inc. They are currently obtaining a Master of Arts in City Planning, with particular interest in environmental sustainability. Anya also holds a Bachelor’s with a major in Human Geography and minors in Urban Inner-City Studies and History. Through their coursework Anya has obtained technical knowledge in geomatics, sustainable development, and planning policy.

Through combined work and education experience they have developed proficiencies in qualitative and quantitative research, and writing. Anya has diverse research experience including both quantitative and qualitative research within an academic and work context. Additionally, Anya has experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the public sector for land-use mapping, and for academic research.

Outside of their work and studies, Anya loves running, spending time outside, baking, and reading.

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Cam Cannon

Researcher (they/them)

Research | Qualitative Analysis | Community Engagement

Of mixed Anishinaabe and European ancestry, Cam strives to support Indigenous self-determination by providing knowledge and expertise to enable nations and communities to pursue their goals effectively. Their academic background is in political economy, focusing on community economic development, historical research, and analysing relations of dependency. Cam’s portfolio features work in collaborative repatriation processes, archival historical research on mass incarceration of Indigenous people, and reinterpreting the final report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples with an eye toward structural transformations and Indigenous national resurgence.

Cam’s research interests are primarily in the emergence of Indigenous political forms spurred by the process of settler colonialism, community-led development that enhances local self-reliance while building local autonomy, and the opportunities and challenges presented by modern treaties.

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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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John Higgs

Research & Engagement Intern (he/him)

Qualitative Research | Socioeconomic Research | Economic Development

John is a Research and Engagement Intern at Narratives Inc. He currently holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Geography. He is also pursuing a Masters in Economic Development and Innovation from the University of Waterloo, and has joined the Narratives team to complete the internship portion of his graduate education. During his years of study, he has gained a wealth of theoretical knowledge on a variety of relevant socioeconomic and environmental issues, and more recently, has acquired knowledge pertaining to regional economic development practices and frameworks, innovation systems and policies, and sustainable economic development approaches. Exploring these various topics has cultivated his strong interest in research and writing, and he hopes to translate his theoretical knowledge into feasible policy initiatives in the future.  

His past work as a research assistant has fostered a passion for pursuing research projects that can deliver meaningful outcomes that can positively impact communities, and allowed him to sharpen his skills in primary and secondary source analysis, qualitative data consolidation, and translating data into more understandable terms. Other past work has allowed him to develop skills in team collaboration, leadership, and client and customer relations. His work at Narratives involves conducting critical qualitative research, the facilitation of community engagement, and contributing to the development of reports, memorandums, and project descriptions, among other tasks.

When away from school and work, John is a devout baseball fan, and enjoys reading, drawing, and going on long walks in his neighbourhood.

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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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Nicole Orlikow

Research & Engagement Intern (she/her)

Qualitative Data Analysis | Research | Community Engagement

Nicole is a Research and Engagement Intern with Narratives Inc. Nicole is currently a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science. Nicole brings knowledge in environmental development, land use and current threats. At Narratives, Nicole’s work involves research, analysis, and community engagement on a variety of projects. Nicole’s primary interests include sustainable land use and environmental policy and how to apply these topics to achieve sustainability and equity.

Nicole’s passionate about sustainability and nature. Outside of work she likes to go on long hikes, bike rides or just spend time outdoors with family and friends.

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Dillon Fernando

Research & Engagement Intern (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.