Concordia University

Karl Hele, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of First Peoples Studies, School of Community and Public Affairs
Professeur Directeur du programme des Peuples autochtones, School of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. K. S. Hele is a member of the Garden River First Nation community of the Anishinaabeg people and was educated at schools in Sault Ste. Marie. He earned a B.A. (Waterloo) in 1993, a M.A. (Toronto) in 1994, and a Ph.D. (McGill) in 2003. His dissertation examined the Ojibwa encounter with nineteenth-century missionaries to Sault Ste. Marie. He has served as the joint editor of the Algonquian Proceedings (vols. 39 to 41) and has presented and published papers on the history of the Anishinabeg and Métis communities in the Sault Ste. Marie region. More recent publications have examined how the international border has affected First Nations communities in the Great Lakes region. Additionally, Dr. Hele is a contributor of columns and book reviews to the Anishinabek News and a columnist to the Sault Star (Sault Ste. Marie). He continues to work on topics related to the international border and the Hiawatha Pageant as well as other items of interest not only to himself but the Bawating Anishinaabe and Metis communities.

Research and teaching interests

First Nations in Canada, Early contacts between First Peoples and Newcomers’, Anishinaabe
Métis, Borderlands, Great Lakes, Colonial Canada, Performance


M. Karl S. Hele fait partie de la communauté anishinaabe de la Première Nation de Garden River. Après avoir terminé ses études préuniversitaires à Sault‑Sainte‑Marie, il a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts à l’Université de Waterloo (en 1993), une maîtrise ès arts à l’Université de Toronto (en 1994) et un doctorat à l’Université McGill (en 2003). Sa thèse portait sur la rencontre entre les Ojibwés et les missionnaires à Sault‑Sainte‑Marie au XIXe siècle. Corédacteur des Algonquian Conference Proceedings (vol. 39 à 41), il a publié des articles et présenté des communications sur l’histoire des communautés anishinaabe et métisse de la région de Sault‑Sainte‑Marie. Ses publications récentes traitent des effets qu’a eus le tracé de la frontière internationale sur les Premières Nations de la région des Grands Lacs. M. Hele rédige pour le mensuel Anishinabek News des chroniques et des comptes rendus de livres. Il est également chroniqueur au quotidien The Sault Star de Sault‑Sainte‑Marie. Il poursuit des recherches sur diverses questions liées à la frontière internationale et à la célébration historique de Hiawatha, ainsi que sur d’autres sujets qui suscitent tant son intérêt que celui des communautés anishinaabe et métisse de Bawating.

Intérêts d'enseignement et de recherche

les Premières Nations au Canada;
les rapports initiaux entre Premières Nations et nouveaux arrivants;
l’histoire des Anishinaabe;
l’histoire des Métis;
les régions frontalières;
la région des Grands Lacs;
le Canada à l’époque coloniale;
la performance.

Selected publications

2013. Editor. The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature: Indigenous Peoples and the Great Lakes Environment. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Anishinabek News (search Karl Hele)

Sault Star (search Karl S. Hele)

2008 Editor. Lines Drawn Upon the Water: The First Nations Experience in the Great Lakes' Borderlands . Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

2008 "The Anishinabeg and Métis in the Sault Ste. Marie Borderlands Confronting a Line Drawn Upon the Water." In Lines Drawn Upon the Water: The First Nations Experience in the Great Lakes' Borderlands, ed. Karl S. Hele. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 65-84.

2007 "‘A Line Drawn by Fools’: Life and Community in the Sault St. Marie, Ontario and Michigan Borderlands." In Communities and Connections: Writings in North American Studies, ed. Ari Helo. Helsinki: Renvall Institute, pp. 89-98.

2007 "Manipulating Identity: The Sault Borderlands Métis and Colonial Intervention". In The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, ed. David T. McNab. Waterloo: Wilfrid University Press, pp. 163-196.

2005  "Conflict and Cooperation at Garden River First Nation: Missionaries, Ojibwa, and Government Interactions, 1854-1871." Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society XLVII, 1: 75-117.

2005  "The Whirlwind of History: Parallel Nineteenth-Century Perspectives on 'Are they Savage?" In Walking a Tightrope: Representations of Aboriginal People by Themselves ed. David T. McNab and Ute Lischke, pp.149-187. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press.

2004 "James D. Cameron: Baptist and Mixed-blood Minister at Bawating: 1831-1859." In Papers of the 35th Algonquian Conference, ed. H. C. Wolfart, pp.137-161. Manitoba: University of Manitoba Press.

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