Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bne doodem (The ferocious and predatory Ruffed Grouse clan), is Anishinaabe from M`Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He was educated on the reserve and then attended the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Science, before entering York University where he earned his Master of Environmental Studies. His graduate studies focussed on Anishinaabe narrative and language revitalization. For five years he served as the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M`Chigeeng, a position which also encompassed the roles of curator and historian. Currently he is the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M`Chigeeng First Nation, helping to ensure the implementation of bilingual education for the first time in the history of the community. Author and co-author of a number of articles and catalogue essays on cultural production, Corbiere researches and lectures extensively on early interactions between First Nations communities and Europeans, emphasizing the importance of such objects as wampum belts in reading the past.
Clarence Epstein is Director of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs in the Office of the President of Concordia University. Responsible for matters of cultural property, museum relations and built heritage, he oversees one of the largest public art programs of any Canadian university and the “Quartier Concordia” urban planning project. However, the dossier which has received the greatest public attention relates to Concordia’s efforts in recovering hundreds of paintings lost during the Nazi era by the art dealer, collector and benefactor – Dr. Max Stern. Acting on behalf of the three university beneficiaries of Dr. Stern’s estate – Concordia University, McGill University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Concordia is successfully spearheading a worldwide restitution project. The moral, legal, and financial imperatives that are in constant play when major educational institutions commit to addressing looted art issues has propelled this project to the front of the international stage. Dr Epstein is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of History.