Marlene Brant Castellano (Ph.D.) is a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte and Professor Emerita of Trent University where she provided leadership in the development of the emerging discipline of Indigenous Studies (1973-96). She served as Co-Director of Research with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991-96), editing and writing major portions of the final report under the direction of Commissioners. She also served on the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE); specifically she chaired the Panel working groups in developing a chapter devoted to research involving First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in the updated version of ethics policy (TCPS2) adopted in 2010 by the following organizations: the federal research agencies, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Professor Castellano has served on the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and the College of Reviewers for Canada Research Chairs. She is currently community co-chair of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University. She has been honored with LLDs from Queen’s, St. Thomas and Carleton Universities, induction into the Order of Ontario and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 2005 Dr. Castellano was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.