L James Dempsey, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies


Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
(780) 492-0528
2-11 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8



Dr. L. James Dempsey is a member of the Blood Indian Tribe of southern Alberta and was born in Calgary, Alberta. He attended the universities of Alberta and Calgary where he obtained his BA (1985) and MA (1987). Dr. Dempsey came to the University of Alberta in 1992 as the new Director of the then School of Native Studies. Previously, he was the Acting Dean for the Saskatoon Campus of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University of Canada). In 2001 he received his PhD from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Dr. Dempsey's interests are in the Indian Act, Treaties, Land Claims, Plains Indian History and Culture, Warriors and Warfare, and Blackfoot History and Culture.


1. "Blackfoot War Art: Pictographs of the Reservation Period, 1880 to 2000," University of Oklahoma, 2007.

2. "Warriors of the King, Prairie Indians in World War I," Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1999.

3. "Monuments on the Hills: Tributes to World War 1 Battalions," in Alberta History, Spring 2009, Vol.57, No.2, pp.15-20.

4. "Blackfoot Painted Panels of Glacier National Park," in The People of the Buffalo, The Plains Indians of North America, The Silent Memorials: Artifacts as Cultural & Historical Documents, Vol. 2, eds. Colin F. Taylor & Hugh A. Dempsey. Germany: Tatanka Press, 2005.

5. "Status Indian, Who Defines You," in Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State, eds. Duane Champagne, Karen Jo Torjesen & Susan Steiner. California, Altamira Press, 2005.

6. "Alberta's Indians in WWII", in King and Country, Alberta in the Second World War, ed. Ken Tingley. Edmonton: Provincial Museum of Alberta, 1995.

7. Foreward to War Paint, Blackfoot and Sarcee Painted Buffalo Robes, by Arni Brownstone. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1993.

8. "Effects On Aboriginal Cultures Due to Contact With Henry Kelsey," in Three Hundred Prairie Years, Henry Kelsey's Inland Country of Good Report, ed. by Henry Epp, Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, Regina, 1993.


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.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
NS 404 - Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

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

Winter Term 2021
NS 441 - Indigenous Land Claims and Agreements

An exploration of the historical and contemporary issues associated with Indigenous land claims agreements. The background negotiations, and implementation of modern agreements in Canada will be the focus of this course. Prerequisite: One 300-level NS course or consent of the Faculty. NS 440 is also recommended.

Fall Term 2020
NS 504 - Directed Advanced Readings in Indigenous Studies

Prerequisite: NS 503 or consent of the Faculty.

Fall Term 2020

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