Karine R. Duhame

Karine R. Duhamel is Anishinaabe-Métis and is a historian, consultant and curator. She has worked with law firms, educators, and various groups across the country, including as the Director of Research for the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report and managing its Forensic Document Review Project and Legacy Archive. She is currently working as a public servant for the Government of Canada, as well as with Know History as a Special Advisor for key projects. Her research work focuses on the historical and contemporary implications of government policy on Indigenous communities, violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and in other areas impacting Indigenous people and families. Duhamel is an important part of a national network of Indigenous research leaders.  She was the 2021 recipient of the Bruce & Lis Welch Community Dialogue award and the 2021 Holtzman Family Scholar. Currently, Duhamel is an active member of several boards and committees including the International Council of Museums (ICOM) – Canada, the Canadian Historical Association (CHA), and Facing History and Ourselves. Dr. Duhamel is a speaker for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and co-Chair of the Expert Group on Indigenous Matters for the International Council of Archives.

For more on her work with the National Inquiry, see “Reclaiming Power and Place: Inquiry Into MMIWG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJi7nuoaY54. For more information on the work to implement the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice, and its finding of genocide, see Asymmetrical Haircuts: Your International Justice Podcast: Episode 48 – Canada’s Reckoning with Ry Moran, Fannie Lafontaine, Karine Duhamel and Andrew Woolford. See also and “All My Relations: Holding Space for Trauma-Informed Engagement: https://www.sfu.ca/dialogue/programs/welch-dialogue/trauma-informed-engagement.html .

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Select Recent Publications:

Duhamel, Karine. “I am Here for Justice, I am Here for Change’: Indigenous Epistemologies and

Strategies for Change in Confronting Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls.” In Alison Crosby, Malathi de Alwis, Heather Evans, Honor Ford-Smith, Shahrzad Mojab and Carmela Murdocca, Remembering and Memorializing Violence (forthcoming 2021, University of Toronto Press).

Duhamel, Karine, with Marion Buller. “Our Gifts: Considering the Power of Story-Telling in

Confronting Violence.” In Shelly Johnson, ed., Privileging Indigenous Oral Traditions and Storywork (forthcoming 2021, Thompson Rivers University Press).

Duhamel, Karine, with Julia Peristerakis. “Indigenous Women, Intersectionality and Activism at

the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.” In Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change, Vol. 1, edited by Jenna Ashton, 344-371. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2017 and 2020.

Richmond, C., Ambtman-Smith, V., Bourassa, C., Cassidy-Mathews, C., Duhamel, K., Keewatin, M., King, A., King, M., Mushquash, C., Oakes, N., Redsky, D., Richardson, L., Rowe, R., Snook, J., Walker, J. COVID-19 and Indigenous Health and Wellness: Our Strength is in our Stories. Royal Society of Canada. 2020

Duhamel, Karine R. “Honoring the Eighth Generation: Indigenous Childhood and Indigenous Children at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 11, no. 3 (2018): 363-82.

Duhamel, Karine R. “Kanata/Canada: Re-storying Canada 150 at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 28, no. 1 (2017): 217-47.

Duhamel, Karine. “Gakina Gidagwi’igoomin Anishinaabewiyang: We Are All Treaty People.”

Canada’s History Special Issue: Treaties and the Treaty Relationship (Spring 2018).

Duhamel, Karine. “Ahiarmiut relocations and the search for justice: The life and work of David

Serkoak.” Northern Public Affairs Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Fall 2018).

Duhamel, Karine R. and Matthew McCrae. “Holding Their End Up in Splendid Style”: Indigenous People and Canada’s First World War.” Manitoba History 82 (2016): 41-46.