I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan, who researches the history of New France, the Métis, the Fur Trade, and French-Indigenous relations in North America. I am currently completing a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Indigenous Students at Queen’s University within the Department of History. I am a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the federally recognized self-government of the Métis people of Manitoba.
My Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded dissertation is titled Between Sovereignty and Statecraft: New France and the Contest for the Hudson Bay Watershed, 1663-1774, and examines how French-Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois were instrumental intermediaries between the French State and Indigenous peoples in the Hudson Bay Watershed. In 2016, I published an article titled Frères et Enfants du même Père’: The French Illusion of Empire West of the Great Lakes, 1731-1743 in the peer-reviewed history journal Early American Studies.
You can find me on Twitter @S_Berthelette.