The foounding members of the initiative are:

Myrna Kostash

Myrna Kostash is an acclaimed writer of literary and creative nonfiction who makes her home in Edmonton when she is not travelling in pursuit of her varied literary interests and passions.

Chelsea Vowel

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, residing in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, LLB, and MA. She is a Cree language instructor at the Faculty of Native studies at the University of Alberta.

Leah Hrycun

Leah Hrycun is a PhD Student at the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta who has spent most of her life in Amiskwaciwâskahikan. She is a third generation Ukrainian Canadian who also shares German and Jewish ancestry. Her research seeks to recover narratives of Indigenous-Ukrainian relations in east central Alberta in the hope that it will open dialogues surrounding the shared histories of these lands and address why so few historians consider the presence of Indigenous peoples and land in Ukrainian Canadian histories. 

Larisa Hayduk

Larisa Hayduk is the Director of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre at MacEwan University. She is passionate about innovative approaches to connecting people with diverse backgrounds in meaningful and respectful ways.

Maryna Chernyavska

Maryna Chernyavska is the Archivist at the Kule Folklore Centre at the University of Alberta. She is originally from Chernivtsi, Bukovyna, Ukraine. Her research is focused around traditional knowledge in archives and unorthodox archival practices.