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Sébastien Brodeur-Girard

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L’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

    Sébastien Brodeur-Girard is a lawyer and professor at the School of Indigenous Studies at l'Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), where he teaches Indigenous law and contemporary Indigenous issues.

    He completed a Ph.D. in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (Ph.D. 2004), and worked for several years in this field. He wrote history books for the general public and several school textbooks.

    His growing interest in issues related to Indigenous peoples led him to pursue a certificate in Indigenous studies at the Université Laval, as a part-time student in 2011, before returning to school full-time to develop expertise in Indigenous law. He completed a bachelor of law at l'Université de Montréal in 2014 and then moved directly on to his doctorate.

    He is currently writing a doctoral thesis in law and his project will seek ways to reconcile western state law and Indigenous legal traditions. He has received several prestigious scholarships, including the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship.

    From 2017 to 2019, he participated as co-director of the research team in the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: Listening, Reconciliation and Progress (Viens Commission).

    He has been called to the Quebec Bar, and he is a member of the Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones DIALOG, the Équipe de recherche sur les cosmopolitiques autochtones (ERCA) and the Research Laboratory on Indigenous Women Issues – Mikwatisiw. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec.

    During his spare time, he also campaigns for environmental rights in his adopted region of Abitibi.