Karl Hele is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Western Ontario, Director of the First Nations Studies program. His Ph.D thesis examined the Ojibwa encounter with nineteenth-century missionaries to Sault Ste. Marie.
He is an author of Anndi Gaazhaamigak Gdakiiminaang: Where Did Our Land Go? (1990), and a co-editor of Canadian Landscapes: Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Studies Graduate Students (1997), Papers of the Algonquian Society, and “Manipulating Identity: The Sault Borderlands Métis and Colonial Intervention” in The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories (2007). A member of the Garden River First Nation community of the Anishinabeg people, Aboriginal Research Council, and a co-founder of Centre for the Study of Indigenous Border Issues at University of Michigan. As an editor, Hele is currently working on Lines Drawn Upon the Water: The First Nations Experience in the Great Lakes’ Borderlands (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), Hannah Foulkes Chance: Her Writings as a Missionary to the Ojibwa, and on Empire of Nature and the Nature of Empires. His research interest include: memory and history through performance at Garden River First Nation (the project was supported by Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada), Indigenous People and colonialism, Indigenous People and video games/images, First Nations and Métis history, politics, and law.
Lecture / performance / workshop: Spectacles as Resistance. Garden River Anishinabeg Performances in the early 20th Century.