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Georges E. Sioui was born in Wendake (Village-des-Hurons), Québec, in 1948, and received both his MA (1987) and his Ph.D (1991) in History from Laval University. He was the first Amerindian to obtain a PhD in history in Canada.
Prior to his graduate studies, Sioui was Officer of Literature and Communications and Editor of the Tawow magazine for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He was responsible for the creation and implementation of governmental policies for the preservation and development of Aboriginal cultures in Canada. He has also worked as Assistant-Director General and Corporate Secretary of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, in Chisasibi, Québec. In May 1990, Georges Sioui and his four brothers obtained a landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (the "Sioui Case") over territorial and traditional land use rights.
From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Sioui was Associate Professor of Indian Studies and Dean of Academics of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, at the University of Regina. From January 1999 to December 2000, he was President of the Institute of Indigenous Government in Vancouver. During 2003, he was Head of Research of the Indian Claims Commission, in Ottawa. In January 2004, he became the Coordinator of the newly-created Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Ottawa, where he is also Full Professor.
Georges Sioui's projects and employment have consistently been based in the Amerindian/Aboriginal/Inuit community. His writings on Indigenous philosophy, history and education have appeared in several journals, magazines and books, continent-wide and abroad. His first book, "For an Amerindian Autohistory" (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992) was praised by none other than Claude Lévi-Strauss, who said: “It was with great pleasure that I
received Georges Sioui's book, and I read it with as much interest as
profit. Nothing is more important for the future of our studies than to
know that our Amerindian colleagues are ready and determined to take on
their own anthropology and their own history. Sioui's work is a
brilliant demonstration of this undertaking.”
His most recent book, “Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told”, based on thirty essays and national and international presentations by the author, was published by the Ottawa University Press in 2009.
Georges Sioui is a polyglot who speaks French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German and Russian, and has knowledge of several Canadian Aboriginal languages. He is an international speaker and a poet, writer, and song-writer. Among other places, Georges has been invited by indigenous peoples in China, Finland, Argentina, Costa Rica, United States, and across Canada to exchange knowledge and life experiences. In a series of video clips from our gallery, he shares images from a 2008 visit to Argentina and his thoughts on a range of issues, from Aboriginal views of health to the need for an Aboriginal autohistory.
Georges Sioui is married to Bárbara Sánchez, from Colombia; their son Miguel is a young Wyandot geographer.
Sioui G. Canada - Its Cradle, Its Name, Its Spirit: The Stadaconan Contribution to Canadian Culture and Identity. In Cora J. Voyageur, David R. Newhouse, and Dan Beavon (eds.), Hidden in Plain Sight - Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011; pp 225-236.
Sioui G. O Kanatha! We Stand in Guard for Thee! Indigenous, National, and Transnational Identities in the Americas. Presentation at the Zentrum für Interamerikanischen Studien, University of Innsbruck, June 15th, 2010.
Sioui G. Ottawa: a Timeless Capital (lecture). In Conflict and Compromise. Ottawa: National Capital Commission-University of Ottawa, Institute of Canadian Studies, 2008.
Sioui G. Histories of Kanatha: Seen and Told. Essays and Discourses, 1991-2008. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008.
Sioui G. For an Amerindian Autohistory. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992 Published in French (Pour une autohistoire amérindienne. Essai sur les fondements d'une morale sociale) by Laval University Press (1989; 1999) and in Mandarin by Inner Mongolia University Press (2000).
Sioui G. Huron-Wendat. The Heritage of the Circle. Vancouver: British Columbia University Press, 1999. (Published in French by Laval University Press in 1994 and 1999 as Les Hurons-Wendats. Une civilisation méconnue.