Mount Royal to introduce Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies

May 9, 2017

Tracy Friedel, PhD, will join Mount Royal University on July 1 as the University's first Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, focusing on culture, environment and sustainability. The five-year, $500,000 award was approved by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which judges all nominations for research chairs in Canada.

Friedel comes to Mount Royal from the University of British Columbia, where she is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. She is a descendant of the nêhiyawêwin (Cree)-speaking Métis people of mânitow sâkahikanihk (Lac Ste. Anne) in west-central Alberta. She will focus on research in Indigenous land-based learning, will teach courses that centre on Indigenous-focused inquiry and epistemology, and will contribute to the creation and delivery of an Indigenous studies major and an environmental humanities major.

Michael Quinn, Mount Royal's associate vice-president research, scholarship and community engagement, says the hiring of Friedel, "represents a great step forward for MRU and our efforts around indigenization."