Georges Sioui

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Georges Sioui
Coordinator of the Aboriginal studies program and Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies
1991 - PhD in History, Université Laval
1987 - MA in History, Université Laval

55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 10166
Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 1165
Email: Georges.Sioui@uOttawa.ca

Georges E. Sioui

Biography

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.

Research

  • Matricentrist, circular thought
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous education
  • The Chinese minorities
  • Aboriginal roots of Canada

Courses taught

  • EAS1101 Introduction to Aboriginal Societies and Cultures
  • EAS3101 Fieldwork and Special Topics
  • EAS/HIS4535 Selected Topics in Canadian History

Seminars

Advanced BA and graduate studies in the Departments of History and of Classics and Religious Studies.

Selected publications

For an Amerindian Autohistory. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1992 Published in French (Pour une autohistoire amérindienne. Essai sur les fondements d’une morale sociale) by Laval University Press (1989; 1999) and in Mandarin by Inner Mongolia University Press (2000).*

Huron-Wendat. The Heritage of the Circle, British Columbia University Press, 1999. (Published in French by Laval University Press in 1994 and 1999 as Les Hurons-Wendats. Une civilisation méconnue.

Fields of Interest

  • Metahistory and history of Aboriginal peoples
  • Aboriginal philosophy and spirituality
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous education
  • Canadian studies
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