Experts Available: National Aboriginal Day

Carleton University experts are available to provide commentary on National Aboriginal Day.

Canada’s National Aboriginal Day is held on June 21 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. In 1996, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed the first National Aboriginal Day.

Jennifer Adese

Assistant Professor, School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies


Adese has published articles on Métis literatures, representations of Indigeneity by Indigenous peoples and by settler-states, Métis identity and racialization, and on racism and marginalization in the context of creative city policies.

Her research interests include: colonization, racialization, racism, and Canadian nation-building; Indigenous self-representation and state representational practices; Métis literatures, music, and other forms of cultural production; Métis women’s political organization and activism; urban Indigenous identity; Indigenous resistance movements.

Adese began at Carleton in the inaugural New Sun Visiting Aboriginal Scholar role, a position she held from September 2012 to August 2013.


Rodney Nelson
Professor and Co-ordinator with the Aboriginal Enriched Support Program, Centre for Initiatives in Education

Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 8092, or 613-422-1295

Nelson has extensive experience working in Aboriginal communities, focusing on economic development, partnership agreements, resource revenue-sharing, the duty to consult, corporate governance, ethics, strategic planning and risk management.


Hugh Shewell
Associate Dean (Academic) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Public Affairs

Phone:  613-520-2600, ext. 5717

Shewell’s research interests include Indigenous-State relations in Canada, poverty, ideology and social rights and the history of social welfare and social work.

Shewell’s recent publications include “Why Jurisdiction Matters: Social Policy, Social Services and First Nations,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (2016) and “Dreaming in Liberal White: Canadian Indian Policy, 1913-2013.”, Aboriginal History: A Reader, 2nd edition, (2016).


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