March 25, 2010 —
The University of Ottawa is pleased to announce that distinguished scholar Brenda Macdougall, PhD has been named new research Chair in Métis Studies.
Recruited from the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Brenda Macdougall has an exceptional 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 the chairholder, Prof. Macdougall will establish a research facility that will be instrumental in tracing a genealogical map of Métis history in Canada. In addition Prof. Macdougall will design and teach courses in Métis studies; act as a primary mentor and supervisor for student researchers; and foster relationships between the University and the Métis Nation-Ontario.
Created as part of the Government of Ontario’s initiative to acknowledge the contribution of the Métis Nation to the province, the chair will play a major role in strengthening research and public knowledge on the culture and history of the Métis people of Ontario as well as provide exceptional educational opportunities for Métis peoples.
"Professor Macdougall brings a wealth of experience and insight to her role as the University of Ottawa’s Research Chair in Métis Studies. We are proud to support her work. Through her leadership, the University will help ensure that more Ontarians learn about the vibrant Métis culture," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
The University of Ottawa was selected from among eight short-listed Ontario universities to host the chair by an independent selection panel, established by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
The University of Ottawa, one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities, is dedicated to increasing knowledge of the histories, cultures and perspectives of Aboriginal Peoples. We are committed to research excellence and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation, which attracts the best academic talent from across Canada and around the world.