Brittany Luby | College of Arts

Brittany Luby

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Associate Professor
Indigenous Peoples - HIST
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ex. 53210
1015 MacKinnon Extension

Dr. Brittany Luby, recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research (2020), is renowned for her skill at communicating across disciplinary and cultural divides. The Canadian Historical Association has described her research as “innovative in its structure and responsive to Indigenous research methodologies.” Luby’s expertise in Indigenous methods influences her teaching. She is an award-nominated educator known for engaging undergraduate students in experiential learning projects. Luby’s traditional academic work is complemented by experience working for First Nations to produce historical reports on Treaty Rights for court use. Her commitment to sharing Indigenous issues with diverse audiences has spurred creative outputs like art installations and children’s books. The Toronto Star notes that Luby’s work for children “models how to build love and respect.”

Diploma, Horticulture, University of Guelph, ongoing
Ph.D., History, York University, 2016
M.A., History, York University, 2008
B.A.H., English/History, Queen’s University, 2007

University of Guelph, Assistant Professor, 2017
Laurentian University, Assistant Professor, 2016
Laurentian University, Lecturer, 2013-2016
Native Education College, Vancouver, BC, Instructor, 2010

Anishinaabe studies
Environmental history
Industrialization of the Canadian boreal forests and subarctic
Indigenous family strategies
Indigenous education
Oral history

scholary books

Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory (University of Manitoba Press, 2020).

scholarly articles

with Samantha Mehltretter, Robert Flewelling, Margaret Lehman, Gabrielle Goldhar, Elli Pattrick, Jane MAriotti, Andrea Bradford and Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation, "Beyond Institutional Ethics: Anishinaabe Worldviews and the Development of a Culturally Sensitive Field Protocol for Aquatic Plant Research," Water 13, no. 5 (2021):

with Samantha Mehltretter and Andrea Bradford, "Hydroelectric Power and Anishinaabe Diets: What Oral Testimony Suggests about Managing Food (In)Security on Reserve," Arcadia (Summer 2020):

“From Milk-Medicine to Public (Re)Education Programs: An Examination of Anishinabek Mothers’ Responses to Hydroelectric Flooding in the Treaty #3 District, 1900-1975,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 32, no. 2 (2015): 363-89.

with Kathryn Labelle, “Cooperative Education at the Day School on Dalles 38C Indian Reserve, 1890 – 1910," Ontario History, Volume CVII, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 90-112.

“‘The Department is going back on these promises’: An Examination of Anishina[bek] and Crown Understandings of Treaty,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 30, no. 2 (2011): 203 228.

children's literature

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know (Groundwood Books, 2021).

Encounter (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, 2020).

selected blog posts

with Kathryn Labelle and Alison Norman, “(Re)naming and (De)colonizing the (I?)ndigenous People(s) of North America – Part I,” Active History, 7 November 2016.

with Kathryn Labelle and Alison Norman, “(Re)naming and (De)colonizing the (I?)ndigenous People(s) of North America – Part II,” Active History, 8 November 2016.

Ecological Indigenization: Buffalo-Clad Imperialists at the 49th Parallel,” Active History, 9 February 2011.

Kill the ‘Indian’ and Save the ‘Wild’: Vocabularies with Political Consequences in Indigenous Studies,” Active History, 7 October 2010.

Interviews about Nokom's House

Desmond Brown, "UofG to establish Indigenous research lab, unique at a Canadian university," CBC News, 15 August 2021,

Interviews about Children's Literature

Vanessa Balintect, "Children's book on Governor General's Literary Award short list a win for Indigenous publishing, author says," CBC News, 2 November 2021,

Interviews about Crown-Indigenous Issues

Logan Turner, "Elections Canada apologizes to Ontario First Nations voters unable to cast ballots," CBC News, 3 November 2021,

Jane Gerster, "Trudeau's Liberals benefited from record Indigenous voter turnout in 2015. Can they again?" Global News, 14 September 2019,

2021 Governor General's Literary Awards Nominee, Canada Council of the Arts
2021 Research Excellence Award, University of Guelph
2021 The CHA Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History Prize, The Canadian Historical Association
2021 The Clio [Book] Prize, The Canadian Historical Association
2021 The Indigenous History Group [Book] Prize, The Canadian Historical Association
2020 Honorable Mention, Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award
2015 Student Choice Teaching Award Nominee, Laurentian University
2014 Student Choice Teaching Award Nominee, Laurentian University
2014 Certificate of [Teaching] Appreciation, Centre for Academic Excellence, Laurentian University
2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, York University
2009 Three-Year Joseph Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC)

Area of Research

Canada - HIST
Indigenous Peoples - HIST