Kristin Enns-Kavanagh was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She received a B.A. (Honours) in Anthropology, Archaeology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997, and an M.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from the U. of. S. in 2002. Her early career as a field archaeologist gifted her with a deep-rooted sense of connection to Saskatchewan's varied landscape. It also gave her the chance to study a wide range of the Province’s history through archival research, oral history, and archaeological survey. Her career has since evolved to include community engagement, facilitation for community-based visioning, and non-profit governance, complemented by volunteer roles in the non-profit heritage and culture sectors. Kristin is a strong advocate for community-driven processes to share and explore the past and what it means for contemporary people. She believes in building connections between people to collaboratively create shared histories that reflect the diversity of Saskatchewan experiences. She believes storytelling – including the sharing of personal stories – is a powerful way to support one another, create a sense of belonging, and promote justice in communities.
Kristin lives in Saskatoon with her husband, Nathan, and their two cats. She enjoys dance (mostly in her living room, these days), Zumba, yoga, and reading.
Kristin can be reached at email@example.com or 306-361-2296.
Laura Larsen grew up in Alberta east of the Rocky Mountains. She is a PhD candidate in Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan specializing in agro-ecological prairie history. Her dissertation explores changes to the prairie rail system in relation to agricultural policy around grain handling and transportation during the 1970s and 1980s. Laura received the Folklore Fellowship, a joint award given by the University of Saskatchewan History Department, the U. of S. Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity, and the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society. She is the editor of the SHFS's quarterly magazine, Folklore. As editor she chooses submissions, designs the layout, and writes an editorial for each issue.
I’m Taytyn Dwernychuk-Welcher, and I’m back for at the SHFS another summer! I’m a student Majoring in History and Education at the University of Saskatchewan. I grew up back and forth between Sucker Creek Cree First Nation, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The primary focus of my research is the history and struggle of plains Indigenous peoples and labour, as well as the stories of Elders and members of my home reserve. This summer I will be working on several SHFS projects, including helping with the creation of a teacher packet for the Lost Stories Project, and working on our Indigenous Photo Repatriation Project. My term at the SHFS is part of a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Community Engaged History Collaboratorium. I’m happy to be able to get back to working with the SHFS, and doing everything I can to help out.