Research Team Support
Mike Makwa Auksi
Born and raised in Toronto, Mike’s journey of self-discovery brought him to Sioux Lookout to play hockey for his ancestral community, the Lac Seul First Nation Eagles in 2002. In 2013, he traveled his mother’s country of origin and would represent Team Estonia three times in IIHF competition. Currently a doctoral student in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education at McGill University, his dissertation is titled, “Indians Don’t Cry”: the Hockey History of the Anishinaabeg of Lac Seul First Nation.
Alex's research program investigates group dynamics, with an aim of understanding how groups shape our experiences as individuals, and how individuals shape the groups to which they belong.
Kalley is an PhD student in Anthropology at Western University. She completed her BA at Harvard, where she was captain of the Women’s Hockey Team. She currently coaches in the minor league in London, Ontario, and is coach of Team Ontario South at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships and the Little Native Hockey League.
Mike is a member of the Taykwa Tagamou First Nation, and has been involved with hockey as a player and coach for over 30 years. He holds a PhD from Queen’s University. Mike has extensive experience working with Aboriginal people within the criminal justice system as a police officer, correctional officer, Aboriginal Community Development officer, parole officer, and youth worker.
Research Team Leads
Janice is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of First Nations Studies at Western University. Her research, which focuses on Indigenous sport and culture, has helped to inform policy and program development in Canada. She is President of the Aboriginal Sport Circle and a member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation.
Dallas is a Masters student in Anthropology at Western University studying the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships through the lens of coaches, team managers, and tournament organizers to better understand settler colonialism’s impact on Indigenous hockey
Jamieson studies the intersections of hockey, gender, sexuality, and nationalism; his dissertation focuses on these intersections in women’s hockey, and how women build personal and communal narratives in hockey. He grew up on the traditional lands of the Anishabek and Haudenosauneega.
Jeremy Speller is from Gesgapegiag First Nation. While at STU, he used an exhibition basketball game as a platform for social justice to raise awareness about MMIWG. Jeremy is currently a MA student pursuing a Master's in Governance.,
Darren is a settler scholar from Parry Sound, Ontario, located in the Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory, and a Cultural Studies PhD Candidate at Queen’s University. His research interests include Indigenous-settler relations, settler-colonial studies, and the critical examination of reconciliation. Darren’s doctoral research is based in settler-colonial studies and focuses on how rural settler-Ontarians in close proximity to First Nations conceive of reconciliation.