Adam Gaudry is Métis and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria and was the Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellow at Yale University in 2012-2013. His research examines issues of Métis identity and historical Métis political thought. A major focus of his research concerns Métis-Canada relations in the nineteenth century and the resulting “Manitoba Treaty” between the Métis people and Canada. In addition to chapters in several edited collections, Adam has published scholarly articles in the Wicazo Sa Review, aboriginal policy studies, and the Canadian Journal of Native Education and has a forthcoming article in NAIS.
It is an honour to stand for election to the nomination committee of NAISA as it is an opportunity for me to give back to an organization that has been instrumental to my development as a scholar. Since my first NAISA in 2009, I have benefited immensely from connecting with scholars from around the world and collaborating on many different projects. I believe that this is one of the main strengths of the organization, as it allows us to build a broad-based intellectual community internationally, supporting students and scholars inside and outside of Indigenous studies departments. I think it’s important that NAISA remain accessible to grad students and community scholars. Given the relative youth of Indigenous studies, being able to hear diverse voices is important to the future of the organization and to the scholarship of Indigenous Studies.
While I have not yet held an elected position in NAISA, I have supported it development in other ways. Along with several colleagues, I developed the Métis Studies Workshop, an annual meeting of Métis studies scholars that convenes one day prior to each NAISA conference. This workshop creates the space for field-specific discussions at NAISA, geared towards scholars at all career stages. These workshops have brought a number of new students and scholars to NAISA and have allowed the Métis studies field to grow our own scholarly community under the NAISA banner. NAISA has played an important role in amplifying formerly disparate Indigenous voices and it is for that reason that I wish to support NAISA’s ongoing growth and development.