Sarah Nickel, PhD

Assoc Prof, ART History, Classics, & Religion

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Assoc Prof, ART History, Classics, & Religion


Area of Study / Keywords

comparative Indigenous histories 20th century Indigenous politics Indigenous women's politics and Indigenous feminisms Sixties social movements and oral history.


Sarah Nickel (Ph.D Simon Fraser University) is Tk'emlupsemc (Kamloops Secwepemc), French Canadian and Ukrainian, and she grew up in the unceded lands of northern Secwepemcul'ecw and the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Sarah joins the Department of History and Classics after five years with the Department of Indigenous Studies, at the University of Saskatchewan.


In Summer 2019 Sarah published, "Reconsidering 1969: The White Paper and the Making of the Modern Indigenous Rights Movement," in The Canadian Historical Review, and she also has articles in Oral History/Histoire Orale, BC Studies, and American Indian Quarterly. Her first book, Assembling Unity: Indigenous Politics, Gender, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs ( was published with UBC Press in 2019 and recently won the Canadian Historical Association prize for the best scholarly book in Indigenous History. She also has a co-authored edited collection In Good Relation: History, Gender, and Kinship in Indigenous Feminisms with the University of Manitoba Press (, released in May 2020.

Some of Sarah's most recent recorded talks are linked below:

Learning with Syeyutsus Speaker Series - TRC57 - Indigenous Political Movements in BC, March 11, 2021.

Indigenizing the Teaching of North American History: A Panel Discussion, 2020

University of Manitoba, Native Studies Department - Colloquium on In Good Relation, 2020

Revealing Indigenous History Through Oral Interviews - 2016 Canada's History Forum

Forthcoming published works include:

Nickel, S.A. (forthcoming 2021) “‘Our shared struggle’: Indigenous Women’s Rights and Transracial Coalition-building during International Women’s Year, 1975,” in Michael Poplyansky ed., The Forgotten Dimension of the Long Sixties: The Political and Cultural Movements of National Minorities in Canada and the United States (Quebec City: Laval University Press). Translated to French.

Nickel, S.A. (forthcoming 2021) “Therapeutic Political Spaces: British Columbia Indigenous Women’s Organizations,” in Lara Campbell, Catherine Gidney, and Michael Dawson, eds. Feeling Feminism: Activism, Affect, and Canada’s Second Wave (Vancouver: UBC Press).

Nickel, S.A. (forthcoming fall 2021) “‘We’re not going to stop for anything’: Concerned Aboriginal Women and the Constitution Express,” BC Studies : 1-17.

Sarah is currently working on her next monograph:

Nickel, S.A. Auxiliary Organizations and Indigenous “Mothers of the Nation”: Gender, Politics and Place in Canada’s West. (University of Toronto Press, 2022). Under contract.


University of Alberta

  • Post-Confederation Canadian History
  • Indigenous Histories of Kanata until 1870

University of Saskatchewan, Indigenous Studies:

  • Indigenous Studies Methods
  • Indigenous Women: Feminism, Politics, and Resistance
  • Indigenous Studies Research
  • Indigenous Studies Theory
  • Transnational Indigenous Activism
  • Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Politics

Simon Fraser University/Fraser International College

  • Canada Since Confederation
  • The Social History of Canada
  • Social Movements in Canada and the United States Since 1960


Sarah is currently accepting graduate students at the MA and PhD levels