Sarah Nickel, PhD

Assoc Prof, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Assoc Prof, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept


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.


Sarah's most recent article, "Reconsidering 1969: The White Paper and the Making of the Modern Indigenous Rights Movement," appeared in the Canadian Historical Review in Summer 2019. 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.

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


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