Area of Study / Keywords
Indigenous Politics Indigenous Resurgence Reconciliation Indigenous Storytelling Decolonization Indigenous Coastal Governance
Rachel yacaaʔał George is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She is nuučaańuł of Ahousaht and Ehattesaht First Nations and grew up in the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia on the territories of the Qayqayt, Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She holds a BA in History and English from the University of Victoria, an MA in Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked as the Research Coordinator for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2013-2015). Her research has primarily focused on Indigenous politics, reconciliation, justice, and pathways of decolonization through storied practice. Most recently, this has also included explorations of Indigenous relationality and coastal governance.
Dr. George specializes in Indigenous politics—particularly on Indigenous conceptions of justice and their intersections with projects of reconciliation. Her doctoral work focused on how Indigenous stories provide lenses through which we can understand the work of truth and reconciliation commissions in Canada and the United States, and develop a better understanding of justice for Indigenous nations. Her research has also explored the lively and fluid forms of relationality that coastal Indigenous peoples maintain with water, and the forms of Indigenous resistance and responses to extractive industry. Her current areas of research include Indigenous coastal governance, Indigenous relationality, Indigenous resurgence and Indigenous storytelling.
Dr. George would welcome supervising honours and graduate students working on questions in the field of Indigenous politics, particularly those working on questions related to Indigenous resurgence, reconciliation, Indigenous coastal governance, Indigenous relationality, environmental justice, Indigenous-settler relations and Indigenous sovereignty.
Indigenous political dynamics and realities at the global level. Particular attention to Indigenous-state relations under settlercolonialism, and current Indigenous issues and resistance. Prerequisite: Any 200-level course in POL S or NS or consent of Department.
The focus of this seminar changes yearly to reflect current issues in Canadian politics and faculty research interests. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225, (or 220) or Department consent.
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 327, POL S 329, POL S 331 or consent of Department
A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary.