Adam Gaudry, PhD

Vice Dean, Faculty of Native Studies


Vice Dean, Faculty of Native Studies
(780) 492-0032
2-60 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8


Area of Study / Keywords

Métis studies Indigenous research methods Land-based Learning Indigenization in Canadian Higher Education


Adam Gaudry, Ph.D. serves as Vice-Dean and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He is a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation His family is Red River Metis from the Lake-of-the-Woods in Northwestern Ontario, having migrated there from Southern Manitoba.

Adam received his Ph.D. from the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria and completed his MA in Sociology and BAH in Political Studies from Queen’s University. He is a past Henry Roe Cloud Fellow at Yale University.

He has published extensively on Métis history and governance, Indigenous research methodologies, as well as indigenization policy in Canadian higher education. Adam’s work has been published in Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Indian Quarterly, AlterNative, Critical Ethnic Studies, The Wicazo Sa Review, aboriginal policy studies, the Canadian Journal of Native Education, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and numerous edited collections. 


Dr. Gaudry's research focuses on three areas.

The first is, The Manitoba Treaty, a book-length analysis on nineteenth-century Métis political thought and the Métis-Canada treaty of 1870, currently under contract with the University of Manitoba Press. 

The second is, Ganahghootr'onatan, a land-based learning course focusing on Gwich'in traditional knowledge, history, and governance in Teetł'it Zheh, NWT.

The third explores the process of Indigenization of higher education in Canada, analyzing the successes, failures, and best practices in the Canadian post-secondary system.

For graduate supervision, Dr. Gaudry is able to supervise students in the following areas:

  • Métis history, Métis governance, and Métis political thought
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Land-based learning and decolonial approaches to higher education
  • Indigenization policy and outcomes in Canada


NS 320 - Indigenous Politics and Diplomacy

NS 404/504 - Colonialism and Decolonization - taught jointly at BA and MA level


NS 320 - Indigenous Politics and Diplomacy

Surveying political relationships in what is now called Canada, this course analyzes the long- standing tensions in relations between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Drawing on Indigenous perspectives, this course reexamines 300 years of political history, exploring early contact diplomacy, treaty-making, and the subsequent colonial relations that structure the contemporary situation. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty. For students outside of the Faculty of Native Studies, NS 200 or NS 201 is the prerequisite. 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.

NS 590 - Community-Based Research

This seminar explores issues in the area of community-based research using case studies and teaches some relevant field research skills using hands-on exercises. Methodological concerns focus on the political, cultural, ethical and practical aspects of conducting community-based research in conjunction with Indigenous groups and communities.

NS 690 - Advanced Indigenous Methodologies

This course gives students a thorough conceptual understanding of the key methodological principles and research concepts seminal to the discipline of Indigenous Studies. Students will gain proficiency in Indigenous methodologies and the skills to comprehend, design, and implement method relevant to their specific research area, including the use of existing Indigenous methods and the creation of new methods to answer complex research problems. Students will be able to articulate methodological strategies to produce meaningful research 'with' as opposed to 'on' Indigenous communities. Students will begin to develop the skills to carry out advanced research within academic, community and/or applied settings.

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Featured Publications

Indigenization as inclusion, reconciliaion, and decolonization: navigating the different visions for indigenizing the Canadian Academy

Adam Gaudry, Danielle E. Lorenz

AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 2018 January; 14 (3):218-227

"The lands…belonged to them, once by the Indian title, twice for having defended them…and thrice for having built and lived on them": The Law and Politics of Métis Title

Karen Drake, Adam Gaudry

Osgoode Hall Law Journal. 2016 January; 54 (1):1-52

The Metis-ization of Canada: The Process of Claiming Louis Riel, Metissage, and the Metis People as Canada’s Mythical Origin

Adam Gaudry

aboriginal policy studies. 2013 January; 2 (2):64-87

Insurgent Research

Adam Gaudry

Wicazo Sa Review. 2011 January; 26 (1):113-136