Website Project Team
Tony Tin is the Director of Library and Information Services at University of Waterloo’s Renison University College Library. Tony had coordinated many mobile learning projects which have won the International E-Learning Association’s E-learning Award 2012. His Mobile Library project received the Canadian Library Association Library Research and Develop Grant Award in 2006. He is the technical leader for the Mobile Academic Integrity project which is funded by the eCampus Ontario Innovation and Research Grant.He attained his Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degrees from McGill University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. He has published articles and book chapters and presented at conferences on topics such as library technology, information literacy, and mobile libraries.
Alicia Krömer is from London, Canada. She completed a Bachelors in English Literature at the University of British Columbia and a Masters in European Studies from the University of Graz in cooperation with the University of Barcelona and the European Research Institute in Bolzano, Italy. Her Masters’ thesis was a comparative analysis between the rights of Sami in Scandinavia and First Nations in Canada. In 2016, she completed her doctoral thesis “Social influence and impact on the collective memory of the Native Residential schools in Canada (1867-1996)” at the department of political science at the University of Vienna, while working at the United Nations. She is UN Delegate, Indigenous Human Rights Educator, and serves on the board of directors for Indigenous Rights NGO Incomindios in Zurich, Switzerland while pursuing a postdoctoral project which explores the comparative rights of Indigenous cultures around the world. She also works as a research consultant for Minority Rights Group International and Survival International in London, UK. She is interested in advocating and promoting human rights, with a special focus on Indigenous rights globally.
Dr. Erin Stern has a PhD in Public Health from the Women's Health Research Unit with the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History and Psychology from Queen’s University. She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Gender, Violence and Health Center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and in this capacity, one of the lead researchers for the Global ‘What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme.’ She has ten years of primary qualitative research experience around gender and health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. These include sensitive issues from living with HIV/AIDS and barriers to treatment adherence in South Africa, combatting female genital mutilation and circumcision in Ethiopia, to causes and consequences of intimate partner violence in Rwanda. Erin also supported the conceptualization of and primary research for the ‘Mush Hole’ documentary.
Roberta Hill is the mother of the film project which tells the story of M.I. survivors. Her determination that the story of the suffering of many be told, has seeded this project.
Roberta is a Mohawk of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
She is a proud mother of 3 children and 6 precious grandchildren.
1957-1961 Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School
1961-1969 Foster Care
1980 -2012 Registered Nurse
Roberta has fond memories of living at home with her mom and dad in the early 1950's.
Unfortunately, her father passed away in 1954.
Her Mother became ill and was unable to cope with raising 7 children still at home.
In 1957 Roberta and her siblings were sent to the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School as orphans and the youngest child was sent to hospital in Ohsweken.
So began a difficult adjustment to life at the "Mushhole". This included the separation of her siblings that went from residential school to foster care on the reserve. The oldest child was sent to reform school. In 1961 Roberta and her sister Dawn were sent to foster care under the care of the Children's Aid in the Durham region and stayed in care until 1969.
The one goal Roberta had in life was to return home to the happy life she knew prior to residential school. After graduating from high school in 1969 Roberta took a bus from Toronto back to Brantford to find her siblings on the Six Nations Reserve. Sadly, they were like strangers to each other and this began another journey to find the rest of her family and reconnect with her community at Six Nations.
Roberta's strength and resiliency began as a 6 year old child at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School as she attempted to stay safe from the bullies and abusers.
Wendy Fletcher is a Waterloo-based artist who has worked with acrylics, oil and multi-medium for the past two decades. Drawing on the genre of Neo-Modern Expressionism as her frame of reference, Wendy creates paintings which use bold colour and symbolism to communicate meaning. Many of her works elaborate spiritual themes and are designed to elicit affective recognition of key dimensions of the human experience.
Fletcher has been invited to exhibit in several cities in China and Canada and also in Hong Kong and Germany. She is a member of the Uptown Waterloo Gallery Collective where her work is on regular exhibit. You may view her work through her website http://wendylfletcher.com/
Stephanie Lin is a third year Computer Science and Fine Arts student at the University of Waterloo. She is a UI/UX designer and assisted in the building and design of the website.
Mier Shi is a fourth year Computer Science student at University of Waterloo and a institution repository developer of Renison College Library. She is a software developer and a web Front-end developer. Also, she assisted in the editing of pictures of the R.G.Miller website.
Franz Stapelberg is a South African human rights filmmaker, with documentary experience in sub-Saharan Africa, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Botswana and South Africa. He is currently studying a Masters in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths University in the UK, and produced the short ‘Mush Hole’ documentary profiling the art of Robert Gary Miller and his accounts as a survivor of the Mohawk Institute Residential School for his thesis. Franz founded a film production company in Rwanda entitled ‘Rwanda Visual Media, where he produced awareness raising films for various non-governmental and international organizations including CARE International, Girl Effect, UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR, and USAID. He has experience in participatory facilitation, including teaching puppetry for a satirical TV show and documentary in Sudan with the advocacy NGO Nuba Reports, and teaching filmmaking to document LGBTI human rights abuses with the human rights NGO Witness.