the commissioners

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Willard Metzger is the Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada.

He was ordained and worked as a pastor for 18 years before transitioning to the position of Director of Church Relations for World Vision Canada.  He was the chair of the Mennonite Church of Canada’s Witness Council for 10 years, and a member of the steering committee that oversaw realignment of church bodies and the creation of the new structure, Mennonite Church Canada (MC) in 2000. He has extensive experience speaking in Canadian churches across a wide diversity of Christian expression.

Willard Metzger received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener, Ont., a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Waterloo, Ont., and a Master of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, also in Waterloo. He also has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, OH.

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Harry J. Lafond is the Executive Director of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner.   He has a wide range of experience in the community, in politics, and in academics, which he brings to the OTC.  He has been Chairperson for the Board of Trustees First Nations Trust since 2003.  Previously, he served his Nation as Chief (1990-2000).

Harry has worked extensively in the area of education including as the Director of Education, and earlier as principal of the kihiw waciston School at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.  Harry was appointed (1994-2000) as the Saskatchewan representative to the Chiefs’ Council on Education (Assembly of First Nations).  He was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors for the University of Saskatchewan (1995-2002), and was also appointed to the national Federal Task Force on Education (2003).

Harry’s academic education includes three degrees: B.A., B.Ed. and an M.Ed.

campbell

Maria Campbell is a writer, playwright, teacher, volunteer, and activist.  She is the author of the literary classic Halfbreed. Her book Stories of The Road Allowance People translates oral stories into print. 

Her play, Flight, was the first all-Aboriginal theatre production in Canada.  She went on to write and direct other plays, co-found a film and video production company, produce and direct documentaries, and produce the weekly television series “My Partners, My People.”

Maria Campbell has received numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gabriel Dumont Order of Merit, the Chalmers Award for best new play, and a national Dora Mavore Award for playwriting.  She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Professor Campbell is currently the Trudeau Foundation Visiting Fellow at the University of Ottawa.  Prior to this, she worked with The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research at Athabasca University.  And for several years she taught native studies, creative writing, and drama at the University of Saskatchewan.

She has worked as a volunteer with women and children in crisis for over forty years and is co-founder of a halfway house for women in Edmonton as well as an emergency crisis centre for women and children in that city.  

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Dr. Marcia McKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan.  She is also Director of the Sustainability Education Research Institute (SERI) (www.seri.usask.ca).  She is principal investigator on two SSHRC-funded projects: the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (www.sepn.ca) and the Digital Media Project: Youth Making Place.  

Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections among environment and sustainability, educational policy and practice, youth identity and place, and the politics of social science research. 

Dr. McKenzie has published numerous papers and book chapters and is co-editor of Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, and Education.  She sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals including Environmental Education Research, the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, and the Canadian Journal of Education.  She is Past Chair of the Environmental Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.  Jointly appointed to the School of Environment and Sustainability from 2008-2012, Dr. McKenzie has supervised 18 PhD and Master’s students, including 2 winners of the Social Sciences Graduate Thesis Award.