23 March 2017

2016 Trudeau scholar Jesse Thistle is featured in the CBC Radio series Ideas from the Trenches, which focus on outstanding PhD students across the country. Jesse was once a high school drop-out who spent more than a decade in and out of homeless shelters, consumed by drug and alcohol addiction. By reconnecting with his birth mother and spending time with his Métis elders he came to understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. His historical research shines a light on the struggles and the resilience of Métis 'road-side allowance' communities in northern Saskatchewan.

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Jesse Thistle

Jesse Thistle (history, York University) is studying the lives of Metis people living on road allowances – makeshift communities built on Crown land along roads and railways on the Canadian Prairies in the 20th century.

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