Our Team


PhD | Interim Academic Director

Dr. Logan, a Métis scholar, is cross-appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Since 2019, she has been part of the team at the Centre; first as Assistant Director of Research and Engagement (2019 to 2021), then moving to the role of Faculty Research Associate in 2021. Dr. Logan has also served as a member of the Indigenous Strategic Plan Executive Committee and as a member of the UBC Indigenous Faculty Caucus. Prior to UBC, Dr. Logan was the Manager of Research at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. She has a Master of Arts in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba, and completed her PhD in History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dr. Logan has spent over 20 years listening to and being present for Residential School Survivors, as well as elders and leaders in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

Executive Director / Indigenous Engagement and Programming Manager / Oral Testimony Program Co-Lead
kristin.kozar@ubc.ca | 604.822.0885

Kristin Kozar is the Interim Executive Director, Engagement Lead, and Oral Testimony Program Co-Lead at the Centre. A member of the Hwlitsum First Nation, she served on council for six years. She has completed her MLIS degree with a concentration in First Nation curriculum in 2018 and has previously worked at what was formerly known as UBC Aboriginal Health and has worked on a project where she researched and analyzed how to use Blockchain to give Indigenous peoples and communities autonomy over their own records. Further, Kristin has been a keynote speaker at the ACA conference on the topic of “Data Sovereignty for Indigenous Sovereignty”. She currently works at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre where she is the co-lead of the Oral Testimony project and works primarily with research and engagement.

Kristin believes interpersonal relationships, sharing influence, having a willingness to learn and cultural humility are imperative for work with Indigenous communities, individuals and content.

In Kristin’s free time, she loves to read, hang out with her two boys and go for long walks with her dog.


MLIS | Research Manager

David McAtackney is the Research Manager at the Centre. He is originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, but has lived and worked on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples since 2012. David is a Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) graduate from UBC’s School of Information, and he graduated from this program with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration. In his previous role David was a Research Analyst for over two years with the First Nations Health Authority. Overall, he has worked in a variety of social science and health science research roles on projects with a variety of Indigenous communities and organizations, including with the First Nations and Indigenous Studies department at UBC, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Musqueam First Nation, Gitxsan First Nation, and Cowichan Tribes.

MAS | Research Strategist

Clea Jonquil Hargreaves is a Digital Collections Specialist and Researcher at the IRSHDC at UBC. After graduating from UBC with her Masters in Archival Studies Clea was able to explore the connection to ephemeral memory and personal story and to study and observe the impact that narrative, trauma, experienced memory and myth, have on our conscious and unconscious minds. Throughout her work as a freelance personal archivist, researcher, and grief and trauma counsellor she has repeatedly witnessed the power of memory on both a personal and collective level and continues to learn about the power of memory in aiding and abetting traumas stronghold on individuals, families, community, and the world. Having found great passion in assisting the recovery, appraisal, collection, preservation, curation and housing of numerous documents and ephemera while building out legacy plans that included multi-generational healing, Clea continued to expand her understanding of how archival work, grief work, and engagement with trauma-informed narratives created space for embodied learning, critical thought, and curiosity. “As archivists we possess agency in how memory is collected, stored, and embraced by scholars and the public, meaning that we have a responsibility to capture and present the evidence of the past in as complete and honest a way as possible.”

Clea is grateful for the opportunity to share in healing and continued learning at the Centre. She is honoured to live and work on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Kwantlen, and Tsawwassen First Nations.

MA | Research and Reference Archivist

Elle Sina is a Research and Reference Archivist at the Centre. She is Sámi, originally from Tromsø in Northern Norway. Growing up she made frequent trips to Canada to visit her maternal family who resides on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Elle Sina holds an MA in Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Before arriving at the Centre, she worked on an ongoing archival research project that documents the consequences of the starvation policy in Southern Saskatchewan in the early 1880s. Elle Sina’s work at the Centre involves creating a research toolkit that will consist of a guide on current practices in archival research and how to navigate archival repositories containing residential school records. She will also provide training sessions for community researchers both on archival research generally and on researching specific archives that house records related to residential schools.

Records and Collections

PhD | Senior Systems and Metadata Specialist

Naomi Lloyd is the Senior Systems and Metadata Specialist and oversees the Centre’s content management system. She has a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate in history from UBC. An immigrant to Canada, Naomi is of South African settler ancestry. Naomi recognizes that modern library and archival practice emerged from, and remains indebted to, a colonial context. In her work with systems, records, and metadata, she is committed to representing disruptions to colonial information practices, and is grateful for the guidance of residential school Survivors, Indigenous information professionals and their allies, and Indigenous communities more broadly, in this regard.

Katie Powell is a Research and Engagement Strategist at the Centre, where her current work focuses on supporting project management and archival research for a forthcoming virtual exhibition. She has a master’s degree in history and is a graduate from the UBC School of Information. She came to the information profession through experiences as a researcher for social justice projects and archives and is passionate about memory work that centres lived experience, relationality, and creative technologies. 

MA | Digital Collections Specialist and Interpreter

Sarah Teunis-Russ is a member of the Haida Nation and is a Digital Collections Specialist and Interpreter at the Centre. She has completed her Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has worked previously with the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Arts in Vancouver, the Volkenkunde in Leiden, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Sarah has spent the last seven years studying and researching ways in which Indigenous People can be better represented in museum and research settings. This research has led to her position at the Centre where she focuses on human interaction with survivor history.

Programming and Education

MLIS | Research and Community Liaison Librarian

Kim Lawson is the Research and Community Liaison Librarian at the Centre. A member of the Heiltsuk Nation, Kim is involved in community governance work. Her Master’s thesis, “Precious Fragments: First Nations Materials in Archives, Libraries and Museums,” was written to acknowledge Indigenous cultural professionals (archivists, librarians, and knowledge keepers), doing important memory, information and cultural work that was largely unknown outside their communities and undocumented in LIS literature. She was Archivist/ Librarian at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs while finishing her MLIS from UBC iSchool and worked at Xwi7xwa Library (UBC). She sees the interconnectedness of education, cultural humility, and information services as a crucial aspect of Indigenous informatics and community resilience.

MA | Cultural Support Program Coordinator

Rhonda Carriere is the Cultural Support Program Coordinator at the Centre and the First Nations House of Learning. Rhonda joined UBC in 2019 as the Program Manager of Indigenous Public Health at the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health.  Before that she worked for UVic as a Program Coordinator at Self-Management BC, and as the Associate Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at Vancouver School of Theology. Rhonda is a proud Métis with roots from the Red River. She currently resides as a guest on the beautiful shíshálh swiya (Sechelt). Rhonda is excited to bring together her passions for wellness, community-based learning, building connections, social justice and reconciliation to the IRSHDC and the FNHL. 

Education and Programming Strategist [On secondment to CTLT Indigenous Initiatives through Sept. 2024]

Shannon Robinson is an Education and Programming Strategist at the Centre. She hails from intersection of Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territory in Red Deer, Alberta, but holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and First Nations & Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia. Shannon has worked as a program coordinator for the Native Youth Program, supported public programming at the City of Red Deer and held an internship in Education and Public Programs at the Museum of Anthropology. She appreciates every opportunity to work with and learn from community. She strives to establish pathways for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples to come together in a good way.

BSW | Community Outreach Coordinator

Jess Boon is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Centre. Jess is a recent graduate from the UBC School of Social Work, and has extensive experience in youth work positions. She previously worked in East Van with youth in or from foster care. Her focus on empowering youth voices and making meaningful accommodations for marginalized youth supports her work at the Centre developing content regarding child welfare and related topics, working on a youth-driven podcast project and creating a youth advisory council.


MA | Communications Manager

Amei-lee Laboucan is a Black non-status nêhiyaw-âpihtawikosisân iskwew. Her family is from Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. Her Nana is from Driftpile Cree Nation and her Papa grew up on Métis squatter lands on the shore of Winagami Lake before moving to McLennan, Alberta. Amei-lee grew up on the unceded territories of the Semiahma (Semiahmoo), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), kwikwəәƛ ̓əәm (Kwikwetlem), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen) and q̓ic̓əәy̓ (Katzie) First Nations.

Amei-lee Laboucan is the Communications Manager at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. She has a MA in Indigenous Studies from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

MA | Communications Coordinator

Renita Bangert (they/them) is the Communications Coordinator at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. They reside on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Renita holds an MA in digital journalism from Concordia University and specializes in trauma-informed storytelling. They come from a background in soundscape, podcasting and audio journalism of all kinds. They’ve written and recorded media on Indigenous cultural resurgence and have worked with a number of universities, community organizations, and experts across the world.

Communications Assistant

Chloe Grant is a Black non-status Plains Cree graduate student at the UBC iSchool. She is from the intersection of Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 territory in Red Deer, Alberta.

Chloe holds an undergraduate degree in Media Studies and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursuing an MA in Children’s Literature. She has a background of hands-on work with children in community, and her academic interest in Media for Children and Young Adults stems from a deep appreciation of Orality, Storytelling, and the remediation between Print and Digital.  She likes Musical Theatre, Hozier, Collaborative/Interactive Storytelling, and she has a labradoodle named Murphy. Chloe is also diving into the world of poetry, so feel free to share your favourite poetry recommendations. 



Paras is committed to Indigenous Rights as a fundamental cornerstone for global progress. She actively engages in various off-campus volunteer and community initiatives and holds a profound respect for Survivors, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and intergenerational Survivors of the Residential School system. She has a proven track record of developing positive connections, both within the UBC campus community and in her interactions with various partners, government agencies and external stakeholders. Her knowledge as an alumna and current staff member of 10+ years at UBC, has enabled her to make significant contributions to the development of numerous important initiatives and campaigns. She spent much of her youth in social and environmental justice movements and continues to be motivated by the need for systemic change. As a member of the Baha’i community, she believes in oneness of humanity, universal education, world peace and gender equality. In her role as the Administrative Coordinator at the Centre, she holds the primary responsibility for managing administrative, human resources, and financial functions of the office working collaboratively with her colleagues.

Administrative Assistant

Kelly serves as an administrative assistant at the Centre, where her role encompasses a wide array of responsibilities. In addition to providing exceptional visitor support, she handles documents, scheduling and travel arrangements and oversees inventory and supplies.

Her background in business administration with a specialization in hospitality allows her to combine her passion for service with strong organizational skills. Her diverse upbringing in Southeast Asia allows her to appreciate various traditions and values. Kelly is proud to reside on the ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples, and she holds profound respect for their rich cultural heritage.

Bringing cultural awareness to operational efficiency is her passion, and she’s committed to nurturing the Centre’s growth while preserving community values.

Project Planning

PMP® | Project Manager 
luc.desmarais@ubc.ca | 604.827.3999

Luc Desmarais is the Project Manager at the Centre. Luc is a PMI-certified project manager who has worked at the Centre since 2019, supporting projects, administration, exhibitions, and facilities. Working in the museum and arts field for 15 years, he was involved in a number of collections and exhibitions projects in B.C., including notable stints at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Since then, Luc has shifted to focusing on project management, completing a certificate in Project Management from UBC’s Sauder School of Business and receiving the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.

Exhibitions and Project Assistant

Ramudi “Ray” Samarasekera (They/Them) is a queer, Sri Lankan multidisciplinary artist pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Art at UBC. Ray’s art practice employs South Asian and Western iconography to decontextualize cultural materials and create spaces that spark dialogue surrounding the effects of colonization and Othering and aims to help reclaim South Asian narratives. By using cultural hybridity as a lens, they are able to showcase the complexities of colonization on identities and culture, ancestorship, gender and sexuality and diasporic experiences. They reside and work on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.  

Student Staff

Research and Engagement Assistant

Buenas yan håfa ådai, todos hamyu, greetings and hello all. Kelsey Sablan Martin (she/her), is a diasporic mixed race CHamoru woman from familian Deda. She is a master’s student in the Educational Studies department where she researches the CHamoru perspective on relational accountability and reciprocity in community based research methodology. Prior to arriving at UBC, Kelsey spent 7 years working in the field of community based learning and research with a focus on cultivating relational and joyful knowledge production, sharing, and dissemination.

Archival Assistant

Amory is currently a graduate student of Library and Information Studies (First Nations Curriculum Concentration). His maternal roots are in New Mexico, Mexico, and Cuba. His paternal roots are in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has a background in applied cultural analysis, teaching, politics, and public management. Amory lives, studies, and works in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory and is grateful that he can offer reciprocity to the land and people that are supporting his education by contributing to the work of truth and reconciliation at the Centre. 

Research Assistant

Stephanie Hohn is a Métis student pursuing a Master of Library and Information Studies with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration at UBC’s iSchool. Prior to UBC, she received a Bachelor of English Literature at the University of Montana, which rests on the historic territory of her people and is the homeland of the Salish, Kootenai, and Kalispel nations. Her professional background is in book selling, libraries, wholesale garment purchasing, and event safety. Her academic and artistic work has focused on the local history, homelessness, game design, plant symbolism, folklore, and patterns.