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Ben was born in Red Deer Alberta and has been in Regina since 2007. He is from Tootinaowaziibeeng, an Anishnabe treaty reserve in western Manitoba. He is a second-year student in the Arts Education program, majoring in Visual Art Education with a minor in Secondary Literature. Using this knowledge, Ben works primarily in the field developing activities for Aboiginal youth and collecting data.

What are you studying in university? 

I’m in the Faculty of Education and my program is Arts Education, my major is Visual Arts education and my minor is secondary literature. I’m in my second year.

What is your role at IPHRC? 

I’m a Research Assistant; I work underneath of Dustin Brass (who is an IPHRC Research Associate). We meet with youth and teach them the arts.

What are you learning in your time here at IPHRC? 

I’m learning a lot about the process of research like data collection, some ethics stuff and the importance of writing reflections, and also having a lot of opportunities to teach and that’s a big learning experience too. I’m learning a lot about writing lesson plans and trying to make them fit into, and work towards the goals that we have.

What are your career goals? 

First school, it would be to eventually become an arts teacher like a high school visual arts teacher, and English teacher. But I don’t really want to work in the school very much; I’d rather pursue my Master’s Degree and become a university professor.

Anything else you would like to add?

I really enjoy working here. I really support what IPHRC is doing by trying to reduce the risk of suicide in Aboriginal youth, through well-being and the arts - I think that’s awesome. Sometimes, it’s a little bit challenging trying to make those connections between visual and well-being but it’s fun for me and I think it’s good for me to learn how to make those connections, I’ve really been learning a lot. 

For more information about Benjamin's work at IPHRC, please contact: 

Jeanelle Mandes
IPHRC Research Assistant - KT & Communications 
(306) 337-2437