Our Talkback Guests

Keith Barker, Métis playwright and actor, and Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts

Vicky Boldo, of Cree/Métis heritage, board member for the Native Women’s Shelter, member of the Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network and the Aboriginal Advisory Committee

Orenda Boucher Courotte, Kanienkehaka scholar from the community of Kahnawake, coordinator of the First Peoples’ Center at Dawson College

Frank Chalk, Professor of History and director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia

Léonie Couture, founder of La rue des femmes, a non-for-profit organization that provides services to women in a state of homelessness in Montreal

Constable Carlo De Angelus, liaison officer for the Indigenous community at the Montreal Metropolitan Police Department

Alain Deneault, instructor in sociology at the Université du Quebec studying globalization

Dr. Myriam Denov, Professor at McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Youth, Gender and Armed Conflict

Jennifer Drouin, scholar at the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; elected to the Conseil exécutif national of the Parti Québecois

Elizabeth Fast, Métis Assistant Professor working in the department of Applied Human Sciences and First People’s Studies at Concordia

Jaswant Guzder, Associate Professor in the McGill Department of Psychiatry focusing on the impact of trauma

Erin Hurley, Theatre Studies Professor at McGill University

Stephanie Jeremie, Youth Coordinator for Apathy is Boring

Yasmin Jiwani, author of Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence, and Communication Studies Professor

Linda Kay, director of the Graduate Diploma Program in Journalism at Concordia University

Maureen Labonté, dramaturge, translator, and teacher

Elodie Le Grand, human rights consultant and Imago Board Member

Anna Lise Purkey, lawyer and doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law at McGill University working on international human rights and refugee law

Marlihan Lopez, feminist, activist and community organizer; coordinates intersectionality division for the Quebec Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, president of la Fondation Paroles de femmes

LOVE (Leave Out Violence) Montreal, organization of youth leaders advocating for non-violence

Ann-Marie MacDonald, award-winning author, actor and playwright

Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of McGill University and Canada Research Chair in Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

Colleen Murphy, playwright, filmmaker and librettist

Nakuset, Executive Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal

Carmen Gloria Quintana, Chilean-born woman who was burned alive by a military patrol during a street demonstration against the Chilean dictatorship and who now dedicates her time to advocacy, retribution and justice

Catherine Richardson, Métis family and community therapist specializing in practice and research involving recovery from violence.  

Alison Rowley, Professor in Russian History at McGill University

Erin Shields, Montreal based playwright and actor

Skawennati, co-director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate, create and critique Indigenous virtual environments

Annabel Soutar, Artistic Director of the Montreal documentary theatre company Porte Parole

Darrah Teitel, playwright in residence at The Great Canadian Theatre Company and formerly worked for The Status of Women and Indigenous Affairs

Dr. Leah Temper, an ecological economist and political ecologist at McGill University; a director of short documentaries on social justice issues.

Camille Usher, emerging Indigenous scholar from Vancouver, studying suicide rates among Inuit youth

Mary Vingoe, playwright, director and actor, and co-founder of Nightwood Theatre

Emmanuelle Walter, Montreal-based independent journalist investigating missing and murdered Indigenous women and working for the National Film Board of Canada

Heather White, Mohawk-Stoney actress, educator, and aspiring playwright


Ruth Rose, adjunct professor of economics at the Institut de recherche et d’études féministes at the University of Quebec in Montreal; named l’Ordre national du Québec for her work on family policy and women’s economic issues

Maria Torres, Venezuelan activist, gallery owner and local politician working in human rights

Lynn Kozak, Professor teaching Greek literature at McGill University and artistic director of Oimoi Productions

Karine Myrgianie Jean-François, community organizer in queer, feminist and QTBIPOC communities, works at a national organization supporting women with disabilities and Deaf women  

Hannah Deegan,  legal project coordinator with the Association for the Rights of Household Workers

Millie Tresierra, a childbirth educator and a doula trainer with MotherWit Doula Care

Sophie Gee, Montreal-based director of new creations

Nalini Mohabir, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University

Malek Yalaoui, Montreal-based writer, advocate, and public speaker

Nadja Pollaert, Executive Director of Doctors of the World

Dr. Caminee Blake, clinical psychologist

Dr. Elizabeth Foley, psychologist

Fiel Salazar, electronic engineer, caregiver, and nursing assistant

Evelyn Calugay, registered nurse and former President of PINAY

Kimberly Manning, political scientist, parent, university leader, and advocate for feminist and LGBTQ rights

Janet Mahilum Haydock, founder of the Mahilum-Haydock Education Foundation

Helene Klodawsky, independent filmmaker

Eugénie Depatie-Pelletier, Founder and President of Migrant Workers Rights-Canada and Chief Executive Officer of the Association for the Right of Household Workers

Liz Miller, Professor of Communications at Concordia University, documentarian, author

Rafael Osío-Cabrices, Venezuelan journalist and author

Diana Uribe, scenic and costume designer

Jorge Osuna, Venezuelan activist and youth coordinator for the Vente Venezuela

Francisco Toro, founder and Editor in Chief of the Caracas Chronicles and Global Opinions columnist for the Washington Post

René Orea, award-winning composer and flautist

Jimmy Ross-Jones, Venezuelan-Canadian chemical engineer, tropical forest/watershed conservation and management