I came to this Department from Lakehead University where I was a faculty member in the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. I completed my PhD in history in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. My dissertation, Métis families and schools: The decline and reclamation of Métis Identities in Saskatchewan, 1885-1980, won a Canadian History of Education Association founders’ prize, the Cathy James Memorial Dissertation Prize, at the CHEA biennial meeting in 2010. For my Master’s degree, I investigated the discourse of civilization as it took shape in the nascent missionary schools of the Red River Settlement in the period 1820-1870, home to recently retired fur traders and their mixed-ancestry and Métis families and a small number of farming families from continental Europe. My research relies heavily on oral history of Métis learners in education systems; interviews with contemporary Métis teachers and administrators; and knowledge exchange with Indigenous scholars on promising practices in spirituality, teaching, and learning.