Dr. Kisha Supernant

Dr. Kisha Supernant is Métis/Papaschase/British and the Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology at the University of Alberta. An award-winning teacher, researcher, and writer, her research interests include the relationship between cultural identities, landscapes, and the use of space, Indigenous archaeology, and heart-centred archaeological practice. Her research with Indigenous communities in western Canada explores how archaeologists and communities can build collaborative research relationships.

She is the Director of Exploring Métis Identity Through Archaeology (EMITA), a collaborative research project which takes a relational approach to exploring the material past of Métis communities, including her own family, in western Canada. Recently, she has been involved in work locating the resting places of ancestors and relatives in historic cemeteries and around residential schools with Indigenous communities. She has published in local and international journals on GIS in archaeology, collaborative archaeological practice, Métis archaeology, and indigenous archaeology in the post-TRC era. Visit her personal Twitter page and that of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology.

For the symposium Reconciliation and Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton on March 3 and 4, Dr. Supernant is delivering the first keynote lecture, covering the TRC Calls to Action and UNDRIP in a discussion about how the heritage sector can respond in meaningful ways and with the direction of Indigenous communities.

She is also a co-presenter (with Dr. Paul Gareau and Dr. Nathalie Kermoal) of the symposium presentation on Métis Kinscapes Project: Navigating “Community” While Researching Métis Relations and Peoplehood at Lac Ste. Anne, AB.

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