About the Oral History Centre

Our Mission

The Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg was established in 2012 through approval by the University of Winnipeg Senate and the University of Winnipeg Board of Regents . The Oral History Centre’s founding directors are Nolan Reilly and Alexander Freund. The Oral History Centre is located in historic Bryce Hall at the University of Winnipeg located on Treaty One territory, original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.


The Oral History Centre is an innovative and dynamic component of the University’s H. Sanford Riley Centre for Canadian History. It supports the University’s vision and priorities of accessibility, community outreach, and capacity building. It strengthens the University’s research capacities and moves research, teaching, and community building forward through university-community and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Integral to the OHC’s vision is a dynamic approach committed to recording, preserving and supporting history from multiple perspectives.  The Oral History Centre offers consultation in developing customized oral history programs to meet the needs of a diverse community which includes academic researchers, private citizens, and business entities. It provides training, equipment, facilities, technical support, and networking for faculty and student researchers, as well as community organizations, small businesses, and established corporations.


The OHC develops and offers training in: advanced digital recording technologies, innovative digital storage solutions, and proven workflow strategies for oral history research, archiving, and dissemination. Our academically credentialed historians are also skilled technologists who are well-informed in current legal, ethical and practical concerns of oral history. The staff at the OHC retains interest in prominent trends in oral history research, within and beyond academic practice. This includes working toward increasingly creative and engaging project outcomes.


The Oral History Centre offers a program of local and international conferences, lecture series, workshops, institutes, and other events.


Our Vision

The Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg is a national leader and global innovator in developing excellence in oral history teaching, research, and collaborative community development. In so doing, the Oral History Centre promotes oral history as a means of democratizing history and thus of working towards social justice and human rights in a globalizing world.
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