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Kathryn Labelle PhD, Ohio State University

Department Head, Professor

Department Head of History
Faculty Member in History

Arts 617

Research Area(s)

  • Wendat Studies
  • Indigenous History
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Indigenous North America
  • Indigenous Women

About me

Dr. Kathryn Labelle is a Full Professor of Indigenous history in North America at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research centres on the Wendat/Wyandot/Huron communities with particular interest in settler colonialism, Indigenous identity and the experiences of women from the seventeenth century to the present. In addition to publishing articles on Wendat child-rearing, warfare, and leadership, Labelle is the author of the award-winning book Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth Century Wendat People (UBC Press, 2013). She also co-edited with Thomas Peace From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (UO Press, 2016). Her most recent publication was done in collaboration with the Wendat/Wandat Women's Advisory Council, entitled: Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations (MQUP, 2021). 



Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021) 

Thomas Peace and Kathryn Labelle eds. From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migration and  Resilience, 1650-1900. (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016)

Dispersed, But Not Destroyed: A History of the Seventeenth-Century Wendat Diaspora (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013). * French Translation LE PARI DE LA DISPERSION. UNE HISTOIRE DES OUENDATS AU 17E. (Montreal: PU Laval, 2014).


Georges E. Sioui and Kathryn Magee Labelle, “The Wendat-Algonquian Alliance: A Case Study of Circular Societies,” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 34:1 (Spring 2014): 1-13.

“‘to live and die with them:’ Wendat Reactions to ‘Worldly’ Rhetoric in The Land of The Dead,” in C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa and Jim J. Buss, eds. Beyond Two Worlds (Fall 2014, SUNY Press) 15-37.

“Faire La Chaudière: The Wendat Feast of Souls, 1636” in French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630-1815 ed. Robert Englebert and Guillaume Teasdale (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2013) 1-20.

Carolyn Podruchny and Kathryn Magee Labelle. “Jean de Brébeuf and the Wendat Voices of Seventeenth-Century New France,” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme, Volume 34, no. 1-2 (Fall 2011-Winter 2012): 97-126.

“House and Home: Sixteenth Century Native America” in Karen Kupperman, ed. American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues and Trends that Made U.S. History, Volume. I (MTM Publishing Inc., 2011), 113-119.

“They Spoke Only In Sighs”: The Loss of Leaders and Life In Wendake, 1632-1640,” The Journal of Historical Biography, Volume 6 (Autumn, 2009): 1-33.

“‘For Home and Country’: Agency, Activism and Education of Alberta’s Native Women’s Clubs, 1942-1970,” Native Studies Review, Volume 18, No. 2 (2009): 27-49. 

“‘they are the life of the nation’: Women and War in Nadouek Society,” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies Volume 28, No. 1 (2008): 119-138. 

*Reprinted in Adele Perry, Mona Gleason and Tamara Myers, eds. Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History (Oxford Canada, 2010) 6th edition.

“History Repeats Itself: Huron Childrearing Attitudes, Eurocentricity, and the Importance of Indigenous Worldview,” The Canadian Journal for Native Education, Volume 31, No. 2 (2008): 4-14.



Teaching & Supervision

HIST 125: "Turtle Island" A History of North America's Ancient Civilizations

HIST 498: "Before Idle No More" A History of Aboriginal Activism and Social Justice Movements in Canada

HIST 151: Pre-Confederation Canada

HIST 398: A History of North American Diasporas

HIST 214: History in Film: Native-Newcomer Relations


Aboriginal Wendat colonialism indigenous north America women

Education & Training

Ph.D. (History) The Ohio State University                                                                                                                     

M.A. (History) The University of Ottawa                                                                                                              

B.A. (History) The University of Ottawa