Jonathan Dewar is Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he leads research, education, and community service programming, including museum and gallery initiatives. From 2007-2012 he served as Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and is a past director of the Métis Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, Scottish, and French Canadian grandparents with an academic background in Aboriginal literatures and drama, Indigenous studies, and creative writing. A former SSHRC doctoral fellow, Jonathan’s research explores the role of art and artist in truth, healing, and reconciliation with regard to Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He is completing a doctorate in Canadian Studies at Carleton University.
Jonathan also served as the founding executive director of the Iqaluit, Nunavut-based Qaggiq Theatre Company from its inception in 2002 to 2006. While in Nunavut, Jonathan also served in senior roles with the Office of the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut and the Intergovernmental Affairs and Inuit Relations unit of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.