Professor Nathalie Kermoal is a proud Breton (a people living on the West coast of France). She is a full professor in the Faculty of Native Studies. She is a bilingual specialist (French and English) in Canadian history and more specifically in Métis history. She did her M.A in contemporary History at the University of Nantes (France) and her Ph.D in Canadian History at the University of Ottawa. She has published three books as well as numerous articles on the Métis, Urban Aboriginal issues, Contemporary Aboriginal Art as well as the Calgary School. In 2011-2012, she served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies. In 2013 and 2014, she was Special Advisor on Aboriginal academic programs with the Provost’s office of the University of Alberta. Since July 1st, 2009, Professor Kermoal is the Associate-Dean Academic of the Faculty of Native Studies. As well, since January 2016, she is the Director of the Rupertsland Center for Métis Research (for more information, see Research)
Ph.D.: History, University of Ottawa (1996)
M.A: History, University of Nantes (France) (1987) Cum Laude
Honour’s degree in History, University of Nantes (France) (1986)
DEUG: History and Geography, University of Nantes (France) (1985)
As indicated in her short bio, Professor Kermoal is the Director of the Rupertsland Center for Métis Research:
Who We Are
The Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research (RCMR) serves as an expansive academic research program specifically geared toward Métis issues. The goals and objectives of the research centre include: building provincial and national connections with the Métis community; building research capacity to advance Métis-specific research; and training and employing student researchers.
In the Fall 2019, she is teaching NS 370: The Métis: The Emergence of a People: OE3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). An examination of the factors responsible for the emergence of Métis communities in different areas at different times, with the emphasis on Canada (more specifically on Western Canada). The development of Métis people together with lifestyles that serve to distinguish them from others will receive much attention. Where applicable, comparisons with similar experiences elsewhere in the world will be made. Prerequisites: NS 110, 111 and 240 or 290 or consent of the Faculty.
I welcome prospective graduate students to contact me about supervision in the following areas: history (Métis and First Nations) including Indigenous-settler relations (with special interest regarding francophone groups on the Prairies but other groups too), Métis Material culture with a particular interest on Métis beadwork, Métis land issues (contemporary or historical) such as land use and resources (in its complexity ... including urban and environmental issues as well as gender issues).
This professional development course helps develop the intellectual independence transferable to employment within and outside the academy, including the creativity to solve complex situations through the exercise of responsibility and autonomy. From an Indigenous Studies perspective, this course introduces students to career development and professional issues within the academy, and the public and private sectors. Students will work on developing their research and writing skills to a level that will satisfy peer review and merit publication. Students will work on orally communicating complex ideas cogently, clearly and effectively. Students will work on the technical skills required for writing for different audiences and within the PhD process including, in particular, the preparation of comprehensive and candidacy examinations, as well as completing a dissertation in a timely manner.