Georges Sioui, University of Ottawa

Arts Associate Professor Ottawa, Ontario georges.sioui@uottawa.ca Mobile: (819) 639-1789
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 1165

Bio/Research

Georges E. Sioui was born in Wendaké (Village-des-Hurons), Quebec, in 1948, and received both his MA (1987) and his Ph.D. (1991) in History from Laval University. Prior to returning to do graduate studies in 1982, Sioui was Officer of Literature and Communications and Editor of the Tawow magazine...

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Bio/Research

Georges E. Sioui was born in Wendaké (Village-des-Hurons), Quebec, in 1948, and received both his MA (1987) and his Ph.D. (1991) in History from Laval University. Prior to returning to do graduate studies in 1982, Sioui was Officer of Literature and Communications and Editor of the Tawow magazine for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He was responsible for the creation and implementation of governmental policies in matters of preservation and development of Aboriginal cultures in Canada. He has also worked as Assistant-Director General and Corporate Secretary of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, in Chisasibi, Quebec.

Georges Sioui's projects and employment have consistently been based in the Amerindian/Aboriginal/Inuit community. His writings on Indigenous philosophy, history and education have appeared in several journals, magazines and books, continent-wide and abroad. A book based on thirty essays and national and international presentations by Georges Sioui are being prepared by the Ottawa University Press. In May 1990, Georges Sioui and his four brothers obtained a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Sioui Case”) over territorial and traditional land use rights.

From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Sioui was Associate Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, at the University of Regina. From January 1999 to December 2000, he was President of the Institute of Indigenous Government in Vancouver. During 2003, he was Head of Research of the Indian Claims Commission, in Ottawa. In January 2004, he became the Coordinator of the newly-created Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Ottawa.

Georges Sioui is polyglot, an international speaker and a poet, essayist and song-writer.

“It was with great pleasure that I received Georges Sioui's book, and I read it with as much interest as profit. Nothing is more important for the future of our studies than to know that our Amerindian colleagues are ready and determined to take on their own anthropology and their own history. Sioui's work is a brilliant demonstration of this undertaking.” Claude Lévi-Strauss.


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