Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research

Research Fellowship


RCMR has launched a Research Fellowship program which will be awarded each year to an applicant whose proposed research focuses on Métis specific research areas, and fall within RCMR's mandate.The successful scholar will receive a grant in support of their proposed research, and will deliver a final report and presentation on their findings. The Research Fellowship grant will support independent research, will build research capacity for a scholar, as well as advance Métis research.

Find out more about the program and our current recipients in an article posted by the Faculty of Native Studies. 

RCMR Research Fellowship Recipients

Willow Lake Métis Community, 2018-2019

Willow Lake Métis (WLM) are a Métis community based in Anzac, Alberta. WLM are closely connected to the lands of northeastern Alberta, where they continue to hunt, trap, fish, and berry pick on the same traplines, rivers, lakes and trails that sustained their ancestors. The community is geographically situated at the north end of “SAGD alley,” the wide strip of steam and solvent-based bitumen extraction projects between Fort McMurray and Cold Lake. The community’s roots lie in the history of the fur trade in northeastern Alberta, and WLM is connected to other Métis families, communities, and political entities throughout western and northern Canada, and in the United States. The fellowship research proposed by WLM will document Métis women’s indigenous and ecological knowledge, which is vital to the cultural retention objectives of the community and contributes to a general understanding of contemporary Métis life in Alberta.

Dr. Kisha Supernant, 2017-2018

Our second Research Fellowship recipient is Dr. Kisha Supernant, from the University of Alberta’s Department of Anthropology (Faculty of Arts). Dr. Supernant is Métis and an Associate Professor, and her proposed research for this grant will focus on spatial analysis of Métis movement in specific areas of Alberta (Lac Ste Anne, St. Alberta, and Fort Edmonton). This will result in a database of information including individuals, maps, and visualizations. Her research brings together historical GIS, archaeology, and archival research, and will be foundational in collecting this kind of information in a Métis context.

RCMR has had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Supernant at one of our Métis Talks back in October, 2016. She is also a member of the research team for the Métis Kinscapes Project and will be a great asset to RCMR this year.


Dr. Paul Gareau, 2016-2017

In 2016, RCMR launched a pilot run of the Research Fellowship grant which was 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 Lac 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.