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Sebastien Malette

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Laval University), Ph.D. (University of Victoria), Postdoc (University of Melbourne)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3681
Office:D591 LA (Loeb Building)

Dr. Malette is a scholar of Métis and French-Canadian heritage with ties and friendships within Aboriginal communities, including in Québec, Ontario, Manitoba and the Maritime. He is an expert in Aboriginal Law with a focus on access to justice, Indigenous legal traditions, relational politics and worldviews. Dr. Malette is interested in problematizing the relationships between Law and Indigeneity as both enabling and disrupting relations of domination affecting countries and communities with colonial histories. The work of Dr. Malette also centers around notion of governmentality and the analytic of power as developed by French thinker Michel Foucault. Dr. Malette is a collaborator with the Canada Research Chair on Métis identity based in St-Boniface (Manitoba), and a member of the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Malette has recently co-published a chapter on accessibility and the outcomes of Gladue rights in relation to the problem of Indigenous over incarceration. Part of his work also centers on ostracized Métis or “mixed-Heritage” Indigenous communities, their histories and resilience—with a special focus on newly crafted exclusionary narratives, policing of Indigenous identities and the use of lateral violence. A chapter on Métis neo-nationalism, its divergent interpretations and current turmoil, is forthcoming in 2016. Dr. Malette has also co-written a book with that will be published in 2016 on the forgotten history of the Métis peoples across the United States, with a particular focus on Métis communities in the state of Oregon.


  • Joshua Lelievre, MA candidate – “Land Claims and Liberal Rationalities: Exploitation, Domination and Control of Indigenous Spaces Through the Vehicle of Land Claims”