Project Credits

Shiri Pasternak
Author, Co-Director & Producer
Research Director, Yellowhead Institute;
Assistant Professor, Criminology,
Ryerson University

Naiomi W. Metallic
Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation
Author & Co-Director

Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy; Assistant Professor Schulich School of Law; Yellowhead Institute Board of Advisor Member

Yumi Numata
Producer & Knowledge Mobilization Lead
Operations and Communications Manager, Yellowhead Institute

Anita Sekharan
Creative Direction and Design

Samuel Wong
Research & Communications Assistant
University of Toronto, Youth Organizer


Elizabeth Boyd
History, Ryerson University

Ashley Courchene
Anishinaabe, Sagkeeng First Nation
Carleton University

Ethan Guthro
JD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Robert Houle
Wapsewsipi (Swan River) First Nation, Treaty 8 

Policy Analyst, Writer, Yellowhead Research Fellow

Simone MacLennan
JD Graduate, Schulich School of Law

Copy Editor

Jasmyn Galley
Wiikwemkoong First Nation & London, UK


Elizabeth LaPensée

Feature illustrations:

  • Burn the Body, Cut off the Head (2018)
  • "Canada as the Company" Comic
  • "Colonial Extractions" Comic
  • "Thriving Economies" Comic

Mia Ohki

Feature illustrations:

  • #557 - Indigenous Rights
  • #519 Love Letter from the Sun, in detail
  • #478 - Music of Light
  • #176 - Connected 2
  • 10 Ways to get Cash Back icons
  • "How buying a used car is like Canada's self-government funding policy" Comic

Brandon Mitchell
Mi’gmaq - Listuguj

  • A Brief History of Centralization Comic

Special Thanks & Acknowledgements

We are grateful to all of our collaborators, including our Board of Advisors, and especially those who joined us at our workshops in November 2019 and December 2020 and shaped the direction of this work. 

For their guidance and contributions:
Dawn-Estelle Miskokomon,
Karihwakeron Tim Thompson, Eva Jewell, Jennifer Dockstader, Ian Mosby, Brian Gettler, Noah Cannon, Alex Williams, Corey Shefman, Christina Gray, Kent McNeil, Sahir Khan, Helaine Gaspard and Azfar Khan. 

Yellowhead Institute collaborated with the Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University — Clean Water, Broken Promises project — for research on the Default Management and Prevention Policy

The archives of Peter Di Gangi held at Ryerson University were accessed for this project. 


Yellowhead Institute is based in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University. We thank those who continue to support our work, especially Dean of Arts, Pamela Sugiman.

The Red Paper Project is supported through a partnership with the Laidlaw Foundation