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Robert Alexander Innes

Robert Alexander Innes

Phd Arizona (2007) M.A. Saskatchewan (2000) B.A. Toronto (1996)

Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair

Office: Kirk Hall 130
Phone: 966-2197

Robert is a Plains Cree member of Cowessess First Nation who completed his Phd dissertation, titled "The Importance of Kinship Ties to Members of Cowessess First Nation, at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies Program. In January 2007, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in the Department. Prior to his appointment Robert was the Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University. He completed his M.A. at the University of Saskatchewan in Native Studies -  the title of his thesis was "The Socio-Political Influence of the Second World War Saskatchewan Aboriginal Veterans, 1945-1960" -, his B.A. at the University of Toronto with a major in History and a double minor in Aboriginal Studies and English and the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto.

Teaching & Supervision

NS 107.3 "Introduction to Canadian Native Studies"

NS 210.3 "Indigenous Ways of Knowing"

NS 220.3 "Aboriginal Rights and the Courts"

NS 265.3 "Aboriginal People and Development"

NS 340.3 "Theory and Aboriginal Societies"

NS 373.3 "Indigenous Masculinities in the Global Context"

NS 430.3 "Issues in Cultural Preservation"

NS 802.3 "Applied Native Studies Research Methods"

NS 803.3 "Theoretical Issues in Native Studies"

NS 898.3 "Comparative Indigenous Masculinities"

NS 898.3 "Cree Indigenous Knowledge and Governance"

NS 898.3 "Men and Masculinities of Colour"


Factors that lead to successful Aboriginal institutions, contemporary kinship roles and responsibities, and Indigenous masculinities


Innes, Robert Alexander, and Kim Anderson, (Eds.). Indigenous Men And Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Innes, Robert Alexander and Kim Anderson, "Introduction: Who's Walking With Our Brothers?" in Indigenous Men And Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Anderson, Kim, Robert Alexander Innes, and John Swift, "To Arrive Speaking': Voices From the Bidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities Project," in Indigenous Men And Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration.  Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

Innes, Robert Alexander, "Moose on the Loose:  Indigenous Men, Violence, and the Colonial Excuse," Aboriginal Policy Studies 4, no 1 (2015): 46-56

Innes, Robert Alexander. Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2013.

Burduhl Loleen and Robert Alexander Innes. Two Solitudes? Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Opinion in Saskatchewan” Western Policy Analyst  4, no. 5 (2013): 6-8

Anderson, Kim, Robert Alexander Innes, and John Swift. "Indigenous Masculinites: Protecting the Medicine." Christopher J. Greig and Wayne J. Martino eds. In Canadian Men and Masculinities: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2012.

Innes, Robert Alexander. “Multicultural Bands on the Northern Plains and the Notion of ‘Tribal’ Histories,” Jarvis Brownlie and Valerie Korinek eds. In Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women’s History in Canada, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2012.

- - -. "New Interpretations in Cultural Preservation, Revitalization, and Persistence," American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34, no. 2 (2010): 1-9

- - -. "Elder Brother, the Law of the People and Contemporary Kinship Practices of Cowessess First Nation Members: Reconceptualizing Kinship in American Indian Studies," American Indian Culture and Research Journal 34, no. 2 (2010): 27-46

- - -. "`Wait a Second: Who Are You Anyways?': The Insider/Outsider Debate and American Indian Studies" American Indian Quarterly 33, no. 4 (2009): 440-461

Waldram James, Robert Innes, Marusia Kaweski, and Calvin Redman. "Building A Nation: Healing in an Urban Context." In Aboriginal Healing in Canada: Studies in Therapeutic Meaning and Practice. Edited by James B. Waldram. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2008.

Innes, Robert Alexander and Terrence Ross Pelletier. "Cowessess First Nation: Self-Government, Nation-Building and Treaty Land Entitlement.” In Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada: Current Trends and Issues, 3rd Edition. Edited by Yale Belanger. Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2008.

Innes, Robert Alexander. “`On Home Ground Now. I'm Safe:’ Saskatchewan Aboriginal Veterans in the Immediate Post-War Years, 1945-1946.” In Aboriginal Peoples and Military Participation: Canadian and International Perspectives. Edited by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Craig Leslie Mantle and R. Scott Sheffield. Kingston, ON: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2007.

- - -. Book Review Treaty Promises, Indian Reality: Life on a Reserve by Harold Lerat. Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences 17, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 226-227

- - -. Book Review of The Red Man's on the Warpath: The Image of the 'Indian' and the Second World War by Scott Sheffield. Great Plains Quarterly 26, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 132-133

- - -. “Saskatchewan Aboriginal People and the Second World War.” In Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, 2005.

- - -. “`On Home Ground Now. I'm Safe:’ Saskatchewan Aboriginal Veterans in the Immediate Post-War Years, 1945-1946.” American Indian Quarterly 28, no. 3&4 (2004): 685-718

- - -. “American Indian Studies Research is Ethical Research: A Discussion of Linda Smith and James Waldram’s Approach to Aboriginal Research.” Native Studies Review: Special Issue, Dialogue on Aboriginal Research Issues, 15, no 2 (2004): 131-138

Waldram, James B., Robert Innes, Marusia Kaweski and Calvin Redman “Building a Nation, Inc: A Models and Metaphors Research Project Case Study.” A Report for the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research and Training, Ottawa, 2004.

Laliberte, Ron, Priscilla Settee, James Waldram, Rob Innes, Brenda Macdougall, Lesley McBain and F. Laurie Barron, Editors. Expressions in Canadian Native Studies. Saskatoon: University Extension Press, University of Saskatchewan, 2000.

Innes Robert “Oral History Methods in Native Studies: Saskatchewan Aboriginal World War Two Veterans, Oral History Forum. 19&20 (1999-2000): 63-88.

- - -. “The Socio-Political Impact of the Northern Saskatchewan Second World War Aboriginal Veterans, 1945-1950,” Proceedings of the Visions Of the North, Voices Of The North Space for Dreams, Visions and Plans: The North, Past, Present and Future. Nipissing University, Temagami, Ontario, (2000): 76-90.

- - -. “‘I Do Not Keep The Lands Nor Do I Give Them Away’: Did Canada and Plains Cree Come to a Meeting of the Minds in the Negotiations of Treaty Four and Six?” Journal of Indigenous Thought 2, no. 2 (1999):

- - -, Brenda Macdougall, and Frank Tough. “Saskatchewan Indian Reserves.” In Atlas of Saskatchewan: Celebrating the Millennium, edited by Kai-iu. Fung. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 1999.

- - -. “Aboriginal Intellectual Tradition in the Academy: An Analysis of the Writings of Joseph Couture and John Mohawk,” Proceedings of the Changing the Climate: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference for Graduate Students. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1999): 27-35.

- - -. “Indian Veterans: Honouring the Experience,” prepared for the Chief Poundmaker Historical Centre, Archival Research Project. Poundmaker First Nation & the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 1997.