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Nathalie Kermoal, PhD

Full Professor

Native Studies

About Me

Professor Nathalie Kermoal is of Breton descent (a people living on the West coast of France). She is a full professor in the Faculty of Native Studies. She is a bilingual specialist (French and English) in Canadian history and more specifically in Métis history. She did her M.A in contemporary History at the University of Nantes (France) and her Ph.D in Canadian History at the University of Ottawa. She has published three books as well as numerous articles on the Métis, Urban Aboriginal issues, Contemporary Aboriginal Art as well as the Calgary School. In 2011-2012, she served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies. In 2013 and 2014, she was Special Advisor on Aboriginal academic programs with the Provost’s office of the University of Alberta. From July 1st, 2009 to June 30, 2015, Professor Kermoal was the Associate-Dean Academic of the Faculty of Native Studies.

Ph.D.: History, University of Ottawa (1996)
M.A: History, University of Nantes (France) (1987)
Honour’s degree in History, University of Nantes (France) (1986)
DEUG: History and Geography, University of Nantes (France) (1985)


Professor Kermoal"s research expertise:

•    Aboriginal History
•     Métis History
•     Métis Rights                        
•    History of Aboriginal Political Thinking
•    Calgary School
•    Constitutional Issues
•    Aboriginal Women
•    Daily Lives/Material Culture
•    Contemporary Aboriginal Art
•    Urban Aboriginal Issues

Current Research:
Professor Kermoal is currently working on writing a history of a Métis Housing Corporation named Canative founded in Edmonton in 1971. Three Métis men: Herb Belcourt, Orval Belcourt and Georges Brosseau understood that putting a roof over peoples’ head was an essential part of having a decent living. This ground breaking, innovative and inspirational non-profit organization became an extremely successful Métis housing project across Alberta. It established a framework for which many concurrent Aboriginal housing initiatives across Canada would be based. Housing corporations in Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan are all an offspring of Canative.


Professor Kermoal is not teaching any courses this academic year (2015-2016)