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Romola Vasantha (Thumbadoo) Trebilcock


PhD Candidate

Romola is the volunteer coordinator of the Circle of All Nations. The Circle of All Nations is neither an organization nor a network, but rather a global eco-community linked by late Algonquin Elder William Commanda’s unshakeable conviction that in a very fundamental way, as children of Mother Earth, we all belong together, irrespective of colour, creed or culture, and that together, we must affirm our respect for this penultimate mother.

Romola is of East Indian ancestry, was born in South Africa, and has resided in Canada since 1970, earning degrees in English Literature at McMaster University (BA Hons and MA.)  She worked extensively for the federal government, chiefly within the criminal justice system (federal corrections, Aboriginal justice and restorative justice) for over twenty-five years. 

Over the past sixteen years, she  supported the efforts of Grandfather Commanda to advance Indigenous awareness, racial harmony, peace building and environmental stewardship. She serves as volunteer director of the Wolf Project, which is dedicated to honouring efforts to promote racial harmony.

Romola is the author of two books on the work of the William Commanda (1913 - 1911), OC, carrier of Sacred Wampum Belts, holder of two honorary doctorate degrees, and a Key to the City of Ottawa; and has published a photo journal on her kayaking explorations of Bitobi Lake, Quebec, viewed in part through the lens of indigenous wisdom.

She is presently engaged in doctoral studies in geography and cybercartography at Carleton University (co-supervised by Dr. Fraser Taylor), inquiring into the contemporary relevance of William Commanda's legacy.

Contact Me:

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

B349 Loeb Building

Ottawa, Ontario,  K1S 5B6

Phone: (613) 520-2600 x3132

Fax: (613) 520-4301


SUN Lab: 206 Social Science

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