Janice Forsyth,


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Janice Forsyth is the Director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western, where she is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences. She joined Western in January 2010 from the University of Alberta, where she held a joint appointment in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and the Faculty of Native Studies. Prior to that, she held the position of Assistant Professor/Aboriginal Scholar in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.
She specializes in Olympic and Canadian sport history, and has a specific interest in Aboriginal people and sport, including investigations into the power relations that shape Aboriginal involvement in Olympic Games, and the sporting experiences of Tom Longboat Award recipients. Her projects have attracted nearly a half million dollars in research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, university and government agencies.
Outside of academe, Janice frequently provides leadership and direction to government and service organizations, including Sport Canada, the Aboriginal Sport Circle, Athletes CAN, and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity, and provides insight and commentary for media on all Olympic related matters. She is a member of the Fisher River Cree First Nation (Manitoba).

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Victoria Paraschack,


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Dr. Victoria Paraschak is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor. She has been researching Aboriginal peoples and their physical cultural practices (including sport, recreation and physical activity) in Canada since 1979, including efforts to assist in the development of those practices by community members and government officials at the local, provincial/territorial and federal levels. She has worked with organizations in the North West Territories to enhance their approach towards recreation and sport, and carried out various workshops to better understand and enhance Aboriginal physical activity practices. She is currently focusing on a Strengths Perspective in this work, which focuses on Aboriginal strengths as a starting point and then identifies resources that can further enhance those strengths. She identifies as a non-Aboriginal ally committed to enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across Canada in the expression of their physical cultural practices.