About us

The Native Studies Graduate Students’ Association started as a group of Native Studies graduate students at the University of Manitoba. It has since expanded to include Indigenous and non-Indigenous students across campus. We have hosted Rising Up annually since 2015.

Rising Up is an interdisciplinary and international graduate student conference. We work to make the conference friendly and welcoming for early career scholars, community members, and senior researchers. It’s a wonderful environment to meet amazing researchers and community members, a friendly environment to perfect your presentation skills, and a great chance to get feedback on your research.

For any inquiries or more information, please contact risingup [at] umanitoba.ca.

Iloradanon Efimoff

Rising Up Chair, Rising Up Fundraising Committee Member, Rising Up Abstract Committee Member

Ph.D. Candidate, Social and Personality Psychology

Iloradanon Efimoff is Haida and European settler from the Northwest coast of British Columbia. Her dissertation research focuses on creating anti-racist interventions to reduce racist attitudes and behaviours towards Indigenous peoples in Canada. In her spare time, she likes to bead, crochet, and watch movies.

Micheline Hughes

Rising Up Secretary

Ph.D. Candidate, Native Studies

Micheline Hughes grew up in Newfoundland and is a member of the Cape Sable Island Wampanoag. After finishing her Masters in Religious Studies she moved to Winnipeg to begin her Ph.D. in Native Studies. Her research examines the relationship between oral tradition and Mi’kmaw Catholicism.

David Le

Rising Up Treasurer

B.A. Political Studies Student

David Le is a Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian, hailing from Edmonton, Alberta. He is interested in constitutional law and international relations. His favourite television (well, netflix) show is Big Mouth and he spends his spare time following John Oliver.

Belinda Nicholson Wandering-Spirit

NSGSA Co-President, Rising Up Fundraising Committee Member, Rising Up Abstract Committee Member

M.A. Native Studies


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