Dr. Paul Gareau
This year, RCMR has launched a pilot run of the Research Fellowship grant which has been awarded to Dr. Paul Gareau. Dr. Gareau is Métis and Fransaskois originally from Bellevue near Batoche, Saskatchewan. Dr. Gareau is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. As a Religious Studies scholar, Dr. Gareau is interested in examining current misrepresentations of Métis views on religion and Indigenous identity. More specifically, Dr. Gareau’s research will focus on Métis presence at the Catholic pilgrimage site of Lace Ste. Anne, Alberta. Dr. Gareau’s study of Lac Ste. Anne aims to shed light on the historical and contemporary role of the Métis at pilgrimage sites, and how these sites remain a part of the broader, trans-border geography of the Métis Nation.