Our Team

Coordinating Team

Research Associate

Sabre Pictou Lee MA, BFA

Chief Executive Officer

Sabre Pictou Lee is Mi’kmaq from Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. Sabre is an experienced Indigenous liaison and researcher. She has worked in Indigenous-related program development, facilitation, and policy development and analysis. Sabre has worked on research and training projects with the Assembly of First Nations, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, Carleton University, First Voices Week at Concordia University, law firms, and many First Nation communities across Turtle Island. In her undergrad, Sabre focused on Indigenous Art History. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts, she transitioned to specializing in Indigenous legal traditions and Aboriginal Rights in her Masters. Sabre’s recent projects include a national report on the impacts of cannabis legalization in Indigenous communities where she became well-versed with on-reserve cannabis related legal dynamics and health policy. With her facilitation and mediation expertise Sabre works to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

M.A. Indigenous and Canadian Studies (Carleton University); B.F.A. Art History and Indigenous Studies (Concordia University); current Juris Doctor of Law student (Dalhousie University). 

     William Felepchuk is a historian, geographer, and social scientist from Ottawa whose ancestors came from Southern Italy, Ukraine, England, and counties Armagh, Down, and Louth in Ireland. William has worked on archival and social science research projects for the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs (Ontario), the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Crime Prevention Ottawa, private research companies, law firms, and other private clients. His academic work focuses on the importance of burial places and other sacred geography to marginalized communities. He has presented his research all over the world, including the British Association of Canadian Studies in London, UK, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has forthcoming publications with the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenberg, Sweden, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as the International Journal of Islamic Architecture . He is the co-founder of the biannual Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium, and is Executive Director of Muslim Family Services of Ottawa, a non-profit community mental health and social service agency. He teaches Indigenous and Canadian studies at Carleton. He is fluent in English and French.

Candidate, PhD Indigenous and Canadian Studies (Carleton University); M.A. World Literatures and Cultures (University of Ottawa); B.A. Aboriginal Studies and Canadian Studies (Carleton University).   

William Felepchuk  PhD (Cand.), MA, BA 

Managing Director 

Dr. Shafick Osman

Publishing Coordinator

Senior Research Associate

     Assistant Professor Shafick Osman is a scholar with over 25 years of experience and dozens of publications. He is a specialist of the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean, with additional expertise in Indian and Muslim diasporic communities, the Islamic world, misinformation, disinformation, political and social communication, and a variety of other areas. He holds a Doctorate in Geopolitics from Paris-Sorbonne University (France), a Master's Research Degree in Geopolitics, History & Civilizations from Marne-la-Vallée University (France), and a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies (Information and Communication) from Jean Moulin University (France). Shafick Osman is currently a Research Associate at Florida International University (USA), an Academic Adviser at the Arthashastra Leadership Foundation (India), and the owner of two small publishing houses in London (UK) and Mauritius. He is a member of the International Board of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region(Taylor and Francis, Routledge), the Deputy Editor-in-chief of Outre-Terre, European journal of geopolitics, a member of the Society for Indian Ocean Studies (India) and of the Indian Ocean Research Group Inc. (Australia). Since arriving in Canada in 2018, he has taken a course in Indigenous studies. He is profoundly multicultural, having travelled extensively throughout the world, and having ancestors from Mauritius, India, and Singapore. Shafick is also a renowned speaker and writer, appearing in the media in Mauritius, Madagascar, the Comoros, Zanzibar, the Seychelles, Kenya, Somalia, Germany and the US. He is fluent in Kreol morisien, French and English, with knowledge of Seselwa, and some understanding of Kreyòl ayisyen and Arabic.


     Courtney is a Métis woman from just outside of Bawating (what is often known as Sault Ste Marie, Ontario), and is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. She has worked alongside community-based organizations in East Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Italy, as well as within her own community with the Métis Nation of Ontario, focusing on issues pertaining to globalization, industrial exploitation of land, food sovereignty, and women’s rights. She has delivered over 100 trainings in Indigenous cultural awareness in non-Indigenous communities. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the ways in which settler-to-Indigenous private land return can be actualized to support reconciliation and decolonization in the Canadian context. Her research expertise explores Métis history and governance, Indigenous relationships to land, and the politics of decolonization and reconciliation. Other areas of research include Indigenous arts in Canada, Indigenization of the academe, and Indigenous law. She seeks to do work which supports Indigenous self-determination and land protection. She is bilingual in English and French and proficient in Spanish.

M.A. Indigenous and Canadian Studies (Carleton University); B.A. Social Justice and Peace Studies, First Nations Studies, and French (Western University).

Courtney Vaughan, MA, BA

Business Development Assistant - Trainings and Presentations  

Trainings Facilitator

Jean-Marie Vianney Rurangwa, PhD (Cand.), MA, BA, BA

Coordinator - Translation Services

Senior Research Associate

     Jean-Marie Vianney Rurangwa is a sociologist, educator, and author with decades of experience illuminating the most pressing social and political questions through social science inquiry. His MA research, entitled La question  de l’ethnicité au Rwanda. Idéologie raciste et pouvoir, explored the origins and causes of the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. His critically acclaimed and widely studied works, published in France, Sweden, Mali, Rwanda, and Canada, include Les identités lourdes à porter, essai littéraire (L’Harmattan), “Lorsque la langue devient une arme prônant la destruction de l’autre : parcours diachronique” (in Le génocide des Tutsi. Rwanda, 1994 : lectures et écritures.  Presses de l’Université Laval), “Afrika, vem är du?” (in Emergencia, Bild Museet, Umea Universitet), his novel Au sortir de l’enfer (L’ Harmattan), and his autobiography Un Rwandais sur les routes de l’exil (L’ Harmattan). He has also directed and produced theatre in several countries, as well as being a fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He is fluent in French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Italian, and English, and proficient in Spanish, Swahili, and German.


     Candidate, Ph.D. Sociology (University of Ottawa);  M.A. Sociology (University of Ottawa); BA (Licenza in Sociologia) Sociology (Pontifica Universita Gregoriana), BA (Licence en Lettres françaises) French Language and Literature (Université du Burundi).

Researchers & Consultants

John Carlson PhD (Cand.), MA, BA 

Research Associate

     John Carlson is Anishinaabe and a member of the Red Rock Indian Band. He has worked on issues of Indigenous self-determination, land-use conflict, and cultural revitalization. He has conducted research on the economics and politics of trapping in northern Ontario, as well as the importance of manoomin to Anishinaabe communities. His research expertise lies in the area of political economy, land use, community development, and economic history. His passion is understanding and determining the multiplicity of factors that affect the empowerment of Anishinaabe communities. His article "Manoomin is not Wild Rice: An Anishinaabeg Treaty" appeared in Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien, the journal of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-Speaking Countries. He teaches Indigenous and Canadian studies at Carleton. He is fluent in English, French, and German.


     Candidate, PhD Indigenous and Canadian Studies (Carleton University); M.A. Indigenous Governance (University of Victoria); B.A. Art History and Philosophy (Carleton University).

Jennifer Ferrante MA, BEd, BA

Research Associate and Trainings Facilitator

Jennifer Ferrante is a member of the Algonquin of Pikwakanagan First Nation. She is of Algonquin/Italian descent and has been working with Indigenous people, communities and organizations in the Ottawa area for more than fifteen years. She is passionate about using her education and experience to educate the public and improve relations between Canadians and Indigenous peoples. With Archipel, she has participated in the delivery of powerful experiential trainings to local organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa and the Ottawa Museum Network. Jennifer holds a Masters in Indigenous and Canadian Studies with a focus on Public Policy and is also a Certified Ontario Teacher.

Aliqa Illauq

Research Associate and Trainings Facilitator

Aliqa Illauq is an Inuk woman originally from Kangiqtugaapik in the Qikiqtaaluk region in Nunavut. She was born and raised in Inuit Nunagat and brought up in a strong Inuit community where Inuit culture, language, and traditions were very much alive and lived. She has Inuit skills that she has been taught from a very young age from the elders of her home community. Aliqa is of the first generation after Inuit displacement through the processes of colonization. Aliqa grew up surrounded by the strong presence of Inuit arts - literature, music, dance, films, carvings, printing, and more. Aliqa knows the importance of Inuit arts and their connection to keeping Inuit culture, language and traditions alive so the next Inuit generations may learn from them. Currently, Aliqa is pursuing an undergraduate degree with a combined Honours in Law and Human Rights and Social Justice with a minor in Indigenous Studies at Carleton University. Aliqa is also a mother to three children with mixed Indigenous ancestry: Inuk, Plains Cree, Oji-Cree, and Metis. Through Aliqa's lived experiences and family ties, she has a deep understanding, connection and respect to Inuit, First Nations, and Metis cultures and knowledges. She is an experienced facilitator and researcher who has worked on a variety of projects for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. These include the GALA project researching Inuit literature from the 1960-1970's, and the Carleton University Indigenous Strategic Initiatives Committee.Aliqa is fluent in Inuktitut and English. 

Illuminée Kanazayire, SSW

Senior Research Associate and Trainings Specialist

     Illuminée Kanazayire is a community worker and facilitator with decades of experience working with the survivors of war, genocide, and other forms of communal trauma. She has significant expertise in the areas of community healing, peacebuilding, reconciliation, and intercultural communication. For over a decade, she worked as a workshop facilitator for World Vision Rwanda, helping teachers, healthcare professionals, administrators, and faith leaders to heal the open wounds of conflict through education, dialogue, and community consultation. Illuminée brings to Archipel an expertise in harnessing community potential and grassroots expertise in order to approach complex social problems. She has also worked in Rwanda with children as an outreach nutritionist, and with newcomers to Canada at the Maison Marie-Louise in Ottawa. She has a diploma in Social Services from La Cité Collegiale, and a Diploma in Social Sciences from Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She is fluent in French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Swahili, and English.

Monique Manatch PhD (Cand.), MA, BA

Senior Research Associate

Bio coming soon. 

Roxanne Korpan PhD (Cand.), MA, BA

Research Associate

Roxanne Korpan is an academic researcher, writer, and educator based at the University of Toronto. She is originally from southern Saskatchewan, with ancestors who immigrated from Norway, Ukraine, Scotland, and England. She pursues research on histories of religion and colonialism in Canada, particularly related to missionary Christianity and 19th-century Indigenous-language writing and publishing. She is part of the collaborative digital humanities project Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations, which documents Anishinaabe responses to Christianity through multimedia storytelling and is led by Dr. Pamela Klassen (University of Toronto) in consultation with staff, Elders, and community members of the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre of the Rainy River First Nations. Roxanne regularly presents research at international and Canadian conferences, and her article “Scriptural Relations: Analyzing the Materiality of Anishinaabemowin Bibles in Nineteenth-Century British North America” is forthcoming in Material Religion 17(1). Roxanne also has experience designing and teaching undergraduate courses, as well as doing community with the Regina Open Door Society, Kids Help Phone, New Dance Horizons, and Commonweal Community Arts. 
Candidate, PhD Study of Religion, Book History and Print Culture (University of Toronto); M.A. Religious Studies (University of Regina); B.A. Hons. Religious Studies (University of Regina). 

Muna Osman MA-PhD (Cand.), BA

Research Associate and Trainings Facilitator

Muna Osman is a researcher and facilitator specializing in social and cross-cultural
psychology, ethnocultural diversity, and the psychosocial development of adolescents. She is pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and is published in leading journals such as Canadian Psychology and Psychology of Music. She is a dynamic speaker, facilitator, and researcher who has a passion for understanding the resilience and development of racialized youth. She has facilitated workshops on supporting racialized youth and their families, and has extensive experience speaking in academic and community settings. With Archipel she has facilitated trainings for local organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. She is fluent in English and Somali and proficient in French.

Yusra Osman RSW MSW

Research Associate and Trainings Facilitator

Yusra Osman is a social worker, mental health counsellor, researcher, and facilitator. She holds a Master's of Social Work from Carleton University. She was raised in Ottawa and in the Washington D.C. area. Her full-time work involves providing mental health counselling to postsecondary students. As a researcher she has lead community-based research for Somerset West Community Health Centre (where she authored a report, available here) and Crime Prevention Ottawa. She is also an accomplished trainer and public speaker, delivering trainings on topics such as anti-black racism, diversity, cultural humility, and Black community health to organizations such as YouthRex and Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, among others. As an instructor in the school of Social Work at Carleton University, she designed and regularly delivers the advanced seminar SOWK4301: Racialization and Social WorkShe is fluent in English and Somali and proficient in Arabic.

Hosai Qasmi PhD (Cand.), MA, BA

     Hosai Qasmi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa. Hosai’s Doctoral project focuses on the role of television in representing gender relations in a post conflict society such as Afghanistan and on challenging representations of gender roles in Afghan media. She has a Master of Arts degree in Communication from  the University of Ottawa. Hosai has worked as researcher on developmental and academic projects in Canada and Afghanistan. She has been actively engaged in areas of women’s empowerment, media, immigration, resettlement, and reintegration. Her areas of research expertise include Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA +), international development, and immigrant and refugee communities. She has over eight years of experience of designing and implementing developmental projects in Afghanistan. She is actively involved in Afghan refugee resettlement organizations in Canada. She is fluent in English, Persian, Urdu, and Pashto.

Candidate, Ph.D. Feminist and Gender Studies (University of Ottawa);  M.A. Communication (University of Ottawa); B.A. Psychology and Educational Sciences (Kabul University).

Research Associate and Trainings Facilitator 


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