Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre
Dr. Jonathan Dewar is the Executive Director at the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa and holds a PhD focused on healing and reconciliation from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.
He has been recognized as a leader in healing and reconciliation and Indigenous health and wellbeing education, policy, and research for over a decade. He has published extensively on these subjects, with a specialization in the role of the arts in healing and reconciliation, and has lectured nationally and internationally.
From 2012 to 2016, Jonathan served as the first Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University, where he led research, education, curatorial, and community service programming, and taught courses in Anishinaabe Studies, Political Science, and Fine Arts. From 2007-2012, Jonathan served as Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, where he led the Foundation’s research and evaluation efforts. He is also a past director of the Métis Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, French-, and Scottish-Canadian grandparents with an academic background in Indigenous arts and literatures and Indigenous Studies. He also holds an appointment as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.