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Elizabeth Fast

Assistant Professor, Applied Human Sciences

Elizabeth Fast
Office: L-VE 229-01 
Vanier Extension,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3238


Elizabeth is Métis from St. François-Xavier, Manitoba. She has a PhD in Social Work from McGill University (2014) and was hired as a Strategic Hire for Indigenous Youth at Concordia University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences. From 2016-2017 Elizabeth served as the Special Advisor to the Provost on Indigenous Directions at Concordia. Before returning to school, Elizabeth worked with youth that were transitioning out of care from the child welfare system and as a social worker. Elizabeth is currently the principal investigator on research grant that seeks to understand how “legacy education” can be used to strengthen cultural pride among urban Indigenous youth and is leading an action research project on improving child welfare services for Indigenous families in Montreal in partnership with the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal.

Teaching activities

Courses taught

AHSC 311:Respecting Diversity in the Human Relations
AHSC 398:Critical Indigenous Perspectives Across the Disciplines
AHSC 525:Individual and Group Intervention
FPST 402:First Peoples' Contemporary Social Issues

Research activities

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

      $62,000, Title: Local histories from the perspective of urban Indigenous youth. 

      Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Fast; 

      Co-Investigators: Dr. Felice Yuen, Dr. Warren Linds

FRQSC Emerging Scholar Award

       $42,000 Understanding Intergenerational M(m)étis     identities in Québec

        Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Fast

        Research Advisory team: Vicky Boldo; Moe Clark;     Dr. Cathy Richardson; Michelle Smith


Fast, E., Cameron, R., Helferty, A., Lewis, P. (2016). Special Issue: Indigenous knowledges and a relational peer review process, International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(4),  DOI: 

FastE.,NuttonJ.De La Sablonnière-GriffinM.,KozlowskiA., BertrandS., 

Bertrand, N.&Mitchell, J. (2016). Regard sur l’interaction de l’urbanisation, du traumatisme historique et de l’identité culturelle parmi la jeunesse autochtone 

au Canada, Enfances Familles Générations, 25,

Hélie,S., Fast, E., Turcotte, D., Trocmé,N. (in press). Major findings from the Québec incidence study of reported childabuse and neglect.  Specialissue on child maltreatment for the Canadian Journal of PublicHealth.  

Fast, E.,Trocmé, N., Ives, N., Bertrand, S., Bertrand, N., Mitchell,J. (Accepted). Definitions and barriers to cultural identity among urbanIndigenous youth in Montreal: Resistance and negotiation. In E. GonzálezCastillo & Cartonde Gramont, N. (Eds.) Politics, economyand popular culture in the Americas.    

Nutton,J. & Fast, E. (2015).  Historical trauma, substance misuse andIndigenous peoples: Seven generations of harm from a ‘Big Event’.  Journalof Substance Abuse and Misuse, 50, 839-847.  

Fast, E., Trocmé, N.Fallon, B., Ma, J., (2014).  Adolescents in the Canadian child welfare system: A troubled group? Analyses from the Canadian incidence study-2008, Children and Youth Services Review, 46, 47-54.  

Sinha,V., Trocmé, N., Fallon, N., MacLaurin, B., Fast,E., Thomas Prokop, S. et al (2011). KiskisikAwasisak: Remember the children. Understanding the overrepresentation of FirstNations children in the child welfare system. Ontario: Assembly of FirstNations.  Retrieved from:  

Sinha,V., Fast, E., Trocmé, N., Fallon, B.& MacLaurin, B. (2010).  La composante Premières nations del’Étude Canadienne sur l'incidence des signalements de cas de violence et denégligence envers les enfants: Une approche axée sur le renforcement descapacités dans le cadre d’une recherche nationale appliquée aux Premièresnations.  Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales, 23, 83-98. Retrieved from: 

Trocme, N., Fallon, B.,MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T. & Fast,E. Et al. (2010).  Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuseand Neglect – 2008: Major Findings, chapters 1-5.  Public Health Agency of Canada (eds.).  Ottawa, 2010. Retrieved from:  

Fast, E. & Collin-Vézina, D.(2010).  Historical trauma, race-basedtrauma and resilience of Indigenous Peoples: A literature review.  First People’s Review, 5 (1), 126-136. Retrieved from :  


Vice-President of the Board, Native Women's Shelter of Montreal

Committee member, Circle of Care

Committee of the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Strategy Network that advocates for best practices for Indigenous youth and families involved with child welfare 

Indigenous Inquiries Circle

Indigenous Inquiries Circle, group of international Indigenous scholars that organize the annual Indigenous Inquiries Circle of the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI)

Centre for Research on Children and Families

Affiliate member of the CRCF, a research centre at McGill University 

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