Meet Our Team

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Dr. Brittany Luby, Co-Investigator

Brittany Luby, Anishinaabe-kwe, is an award-nominated educator who joined the University of Guelph in January 2017. Outside of the classroom, Luby seeks to stimulate public discussion of Indigenous issues through her critical and creative work. The Canadian Historical Association has described Luby’s research as “innovative in its structure and responsive to Indigenous research methodologies.” Her historical work can be found in periodicals such as the  Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and the Canadian Journal of Native StudiesHer poetry can be found in literary magazines like Red Ink. Luby co-hosted her first gallery exhibit for I STAND #InUnity in Winter 2018. She is also the author of the forthcoming book Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory.

Dr. Andrea Bradford, Co-Investigator

Andrea Bradford obtained her Ph.D. from Queen’s University at Kingston in 1999. Her dissertation addressed the water balance and hydroecology of Minesing Swamp, near Barrie, Ontario. She has had five years experience in environmental consulting and two years experience in the Water Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Her teaching and research are currently focussed in the areas of urban water systems, low impact development, ecological flow assessment, and stream and wetland restoration. Bradford lives in Guelph, Ontario with her husband and three children.

Samantha Mehltretter, Graduate Research Assistant

Samantha Mehltretter is a Water Resources Engineer in Training with an interest in the social and environmental impacts of engineering. She completed her bachelor’s in water resources at the University of Guelph in 2015, and subsequently worked at a Coastal Engineering company for two years before starting her M.A.Sc. Samantha’s experience in engineering consulting experience was exceptionally valuable to her professional development; however, she decided to pursue graduate studies to learn more about water resources and how she can use her knowledge to help people and the environment. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. and focus on investigating manomin decline on the Winnipeg River.

Margaret Lehman, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Margaret Lehman is a fourth-year undergraduate student who is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree through the University of Guelph with specializations in History, English Literature, and Creative Writing. Lehman is the social media coordinator for the Manomin Research Project (@manominproject). Her favourite manomin dish is a recipe from The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen Cookbook: the Tatanka Truck’s Fried Wild Rice Bowl (which combines minced squash, turnips, wild onions, and wild rice, and seasoned with some maple syrup)!

Gabrielle Goldhar, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Gabrielle Goldhar is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing an International Development degree with an emphasis in Environment and Development and a Minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Analysis. Goldhar is acting as the Archival Officer for the Manomin Research Project. As a former student of Dr. Luby, Goldhar is excited to learn more about Indigenous peoples while expanding her research skills with this position!

Elli Pattrick, 2020 Undergraduate Research Assistant

Elli Pattrick is one of the the Undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer 2020. She is going into her fourth year of environmental engineering in Fall 2020. Apart from academics, Pattrick spends most of her time at the barn riding and helping out. Pattrick is really looking forward to working on and learning more about the Manomin Research Project over the course of this summer!

Emma Stelter, 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emma Stelter is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in History and minoring in Geography at the University of Guelph. She is enrolled in a certificate program concurrent to her degree entitled Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship. Through her certificate, she explores Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada through an independent study. The certificate requires 5 relevant courses and 120 volunteer hours.  Emma has since applied for a Master of Arts in History with Dr. Luby and hopes to study Treaty 3: Between the Lakes Purchase.  For the Manomin Research Project, Emma transcribed oral interviews on flow regimes and food insecurity in the Treaty 3 region.  

Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation (NAN), Community Partner 

Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation (NAN) is an Anishinaabe community located along the Winnipeg River. NAN exercises its inherent right to protect ancestral lands and waters for future generations, to practice its cultural traditions, and to exercise self-governance to ensure the wellbeing of all our relations.

The Economic Development Committee, which creates growth opportunities on reserve, has partnered with the Research Team on the Manomin Project. In the words of Chief Lorraine Cobiness, “The project is a first major step in the revitalization of… wild rice as a food source and as an economic driver.”