Shalene Jobin, PhD, MA, BCom

Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies


Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies
(780) 492-8062
2-01 Pembina Hall
8921 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8



Dr. Shalene Jobin is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Director of the Indigenous Governance and Partnership program at the University of Alberta. Dr. Jobin is the co-creator and founding Academic Director of the Indigenous Partnership Development Program, an executive-level teaching partnership between Executive Education and the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. Shalene is Cree from her mother (Wuttunee family) and Métis from her father (Jobin family) and is a member of Red Pheasant Cree First Nation (Treaty Six). 


Dr. Shalene Jobin has recently finished writing a book manuscript under advance contract with UBC Press titled, Nehiyawak Narratives: Upholding Indigenous Economic Relationships. Shalene has published in the edited collection Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place (2016) and Indigenous Identity and Resistance (2010), and in the journals American Indian Quarterly (2011), Revue Générale de Droit (2013), and Native Studies Review (2016). She has also co-authored in Aboriginal Policy Studies (2012) and Surviving Canada (2017). Shalene is involved in numerous community-centred research initiatives, including Indigenous Approaches to Governance in the 21st Century, and the Wahkohtowin Law & Governance Lodge, a new partnership between the Faculty of Native Studies and the Faculty of Law to provide law and governance supports to Indigenous communities.


Native Studies 430 Indigenous Governance and Partnership Capstone 

Native Studies 403/NS 503/LAW 599 - The ᐘᐦᑯᐦᑐᐏᐣ Wahkohtowin Project Intensive: ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ Miyo-wîcêhtowin Principles and Practice 

Native Studies 445 Community Development Processes

Native Studies 550 Practicum in Native Studies (graduate) 

Native Studies 320 Aboriginal Government and Politics 

Native Studies 330 Indigenous Economies 

Strategic Management and Organization 488 (School of Business) and Native Studies 403 Governance Practices in Aboriginal Communities

Native Studies 485 Colonialism and the Criminal Justice System 


NS 430 - Indigenous Governance and Partnership Capstone

This course synthesizes and integrates the range of knowledge and analysis from previous Indigenous governance courses, and normally includes a practical component to enhance the interplay of the theory and actual practice of governance. Prerequisites: *6 from the list of required and elective courses for the Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership [refer to the Native Studies Certificates section of the calendar], or consent of the Faculty. NS 390 is also recommended. Students intending to complete the Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Partnership should complete all other Certificate requirements first. 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.

Winter Term 2021

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge

Under the Co-leadership of Dr. Hadley Friedland and Dr. Shalene Jobin is the creation of the Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge.  The purpose is to establish and maintain a sustainable community-engaged interdisciplinary unit, a partnership between the University of Alberta Faculties of Law and Native Studies housed within the Faculty of Law that will:

1) Support Indigenous communities to identify, articulate and implement their own laws and governance structures through community-led, collaborative research and community engagement;

2) Develop, gather, amplify and transfer wise practices and promising methodologies through the provision of experiential learning, training opportunities and conferences with Indigenous communities, organizations, students, the general public, and the legal profession; and

3) Produce functional and accessible public legal education and governance resources for Indigenous governments and organizations to draw on for their own future work and goals, that are readily available through a website to other Indigenous communities and organizations, the general public, legal service providers and the legal profession.

News Article


To Honour the Lives of Those Taken From Us’: Restor(y)ing Resurgence and Survivance through Walking With Our Sisters
Author(s): Shalene Jobin, Tara Kappo
Publication Date: 2017

Indigenous Studies, Determining Itself
Author(s): Shalene Jobin
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Native Studies Review
Volume: 23
Issue: 1/2
Page Numbers: 32

Double-Consciousness and Nehiyawak Cree Perspectives: Reclaiming Indigenous Women’s Knowledge
Author(s): Shalene Jobin
Publication Date: 2016

Guiding Philosophy for Indigenous Governance Practices In an Urban Environment
Author(s): Shalene Jobin
Publication Date: 2010

Cree Peoplehood, International Trade, and Diplomacy
Author(s): Shalene Jobin
Publication: Revue Générale de Droit
Volume: 43
Issue: 2