D'Arcy Vermette, LLD.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies


Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
(780) 248-1932
2-61 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8




LLD, University of Ottawa, 2012

LLM, Queen's University, 2004

LLB, University of Toronto, 2003

BA (Hons), Native Studies Major, University of Saskatchewan, 2000

D'Arcy Vermette (B.A., LL.B, LL.M, LL.D) is an Associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He previously worked at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, teaching constitutional and Aboriginal law and acting as faculty mentor to the Aboriginal Law Students Association.

Dr. Vermette began teaching in 2009 in the Native Studies Programme at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick and served as the Director of the Programme. He taught courses on Canadian Aboriginal Law, liberation and Métis issues. As Director, he was proud to oversee the addition of courses on Aboriginal law, lobbied for and attained departmental status and developed an Honours Programme. Prior to departing St. Thomas University, he was awarded tenure and promotion.

Originally from Saskatoon, and a member of the Métis nation, Dr. Vermette obtained his B.A. in Native Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. He received his LL.B from the University of Toronto, and spent part of his final year working as a research assistant with the Waitangi Tribunal in Wellington, New Zealand. He obtained his LL.M from Queen's University where he examined ongoing colonialism within Canadian Aboriginal Rights jurisprudence.  In 2012 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, titled "Beyond Doctrines of Dominance: Conceptualizing a Path to Legal Recognition and Affirmation of the Manitoba Métis," and received his LL.D from the University of Ottawa. His research continues to focus on Métis issues and the continuing colonial imposition of the Canadian law on Aboriginal people.

Dr. Vermette has been invited to present his research and speak at panels and symposiums across Canada, including the National Judicial Institute, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He has received research funding at all levels, including a St. Thomas University Major Research Grant.  He is currently part of a team of researchers who received a five-year SSHRC Insight Grant valued at $423,904 to investigate historical agreements with the Métis, and current treaties processes.  He also participated in the initial stages of the Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and the futures of Communities which received a three-year KULE Research Cluster Grant valued at $100,000.  

Representative Publications

•  “Inclusion is Killing Us”, Teaching Perspectives Magazine, St. Thomas University, Issue 17, Fall 2012.  Reprinted in Bridges, University of Saskatchewan, Glen Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, Vol. 11, no. 3, 16-18.
•  “Dizzying Dialogue: Canadian Courts and the Continuing Justification of the Dispossession of Aboriginal Peoples”, (2011) 29:1 Windsor Yrb. of Acc. to Jus., 243-260
•  “Colonialism and the Suppression of Aboriginal Voice”, (2009) 40.2 Ottawa L. R. 225-264
•  “Balancing Individual and Collective Rights: Implementation of Section 1.2 of The Canadian Human Rights Act”, co-authored with Bradford W. Morse and Robert K. Groves for the Canadian Human Rights Commission (2009)
•  “Colonialism and the Process of Defining Aboriginal People”, (2008) 31 Dalhousie L.J., 211-246


Current Courses

•    NS 111: Contemporary perspectives in Native Studies
•    NS 110: Historical perspectives in Native Studies

Previous Courses Taught

     Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
•    Constitutional law
•    Aboriginal Peoples and the Law
•    Liberation, Aboriginal Peoples and the Law
•    Moot Coach, Alberta Court of Appeal - Constitutional Moot

     Native Studies Programme, St. Thomas University
•    Introduction to Native Studies (full year)
•    Native People and the Law I
•    Native People and the Law II
•    Aboriginal People and the Land Question
•    Special Topics: Métis Issues
•    Aboriginal Rights vs. Human Rights
•    International Law and Indigenous Peoples
•    Cultural Identity and Cultural Survival


NS 110 - Historical Perspectives in Indigenous Studies

A thematic introduction to the historical relationships, colonial contexts, and social, economic, political and cultural patterns that have shaped the contemporary situation of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Not open to students with credit in NS 210. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

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NS 280 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

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NS 404 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty.

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NS 504 - Directed Advanced Readings in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

Winter Term 2021

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