Julian Whittam is a PhD candidate at the Université de Montréal. After growing up in the rural farmland south of Ottawa, he began a short career as a musician. An interest in historical musical instruments led him to the master’s programme in museum studies at the Université de Montréal. Research work in the course of this degree put him in contact with the Kitigan Zibi cultural education centre, and he has been working with members of the community since the project began. As one of the project’s research assistants, he has helped explore various aspects of repatriation in Kitigan Zibi and in Haida Gwaii.