Prof. Rebecca Major
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Rebecca Major is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, identifying as Métis through her mother and maternal grandmother, both of whom hold/held Métis membership. Reconnection and learning from community has been decades-long work and where Dr. Major finds enjoyment and commits much of her time. Dr. Major’s father’s family identifies and is recognized as Mi’kmaw from New Brunswick and her father and his knowledge was also a strong presence in her upbringing.
Dr. Major holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in Indigenous Public Policy from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Dr. Major’s Master’s degree is from the University of Saskatchewan in Indigenous Studies (formally the Department of Native Studies) in Indigenous land claims with a specialization in Specific Land Claims. Her undergraduate degree was a double honour’s degree in History and Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. Additionally, Dr. Major holds a specialization in Indigenous Governance and Politics from the Political Studies Department at the University of Saskatchewan.
Aside from her academic work and experience, Dr. Major spent a couple of years working as a policy analyst for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan in the departments of Environment and Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as spent one summer as the manager of Intergovernmental Affairs. Following this time, Dr. Major returned to teaching in post-secondary at NORTEP in La Ronge, SK for the University of Saskatchewan, and returned to complete a PhD. During her time as a PhD student and candidate, Dr. Major served as Métis local president in the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan followed by a successful election as the Area Representative for Western Region IIA (Saskatoon Region) for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.
- Indigenous Policy
- Indigenous Governance
- Indigenous Land Claims
- Indigenous Political Feminism
- Public Administration and Policy
- Current Political Issues
Research and Publication areas:
- Indigenous pedagogy
- Indigenous identity and ways of knowing Indigenous
- Political Feminism
- Indigenous Constitutional and Policy Engagement
- Institutionalism Policy Learning