Chair in Métis Research

Dr. Brenda Macdougall, a leading expert in the history of Métis and First Nations, is the province’s first Chair in Métis Research. With an endowment of $3 million from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (formerly the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development) and $1 million from the University of Ottawa, Dr. Macdougall’s research seeks to increase understanding of Métis history in general, and specifically as it relates to identity, community formation and coherence.

The Ontario Research Chair in Métis Research was selected in fall 2009 through a competitive process administered by the Ontario Research Chairs Selection Panel, an arms-length body associated with the Council of Ontario Universities. The Selection Panel included Dr. David Strangway (Chair), Arthur William May, Harold Shapiro, and Harry Swain, who served as Secretary to the Panel.

Chair in Métis Research, University of Ottawa – Dr. Brenda Macdougall, PhD Native Studies

Dr. Brenda Macdougall is the Chair in Métis Research at the University of Ottawa. Recruited from the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Macdougall has an extensive background in the history of Métis and First Nations. She has conducted research on a broad range of issues relating to Métis populations throughout Canada and the United States.

As Research Chair, Dr. Macdougall has established a research facility, the Métis Family and Community Research Lab, to trace a genealogical map of Métis history in Canada. In addition, Dr. Macdougall has designed and teaches courses in Métis studies, acts as a primary mentor and supervisor for student researchers, and fosters relationships between the University and the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Dr. Macdougall has a PhD in Native Studies from the University of Saskatchewan.

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