Taiaiake Alfred

Taiaiake Alfred
Position
Professor
Credentials

PhD (Cornell)

Contact
Office: HSD A260

Educated at Concordia University in Québec and Cornell University in New York, Taiaiake's writing includes scholarly articles, essays in newspapers, magazines and journals, stories, book-length research reports for First Nations and Canadian governments, as well as three published scholarly books, Wasáse: Indigenous pathways of action and freedom (University of Toronto Press, 2005), named in 2010 as one of the most influential books in Native Studies by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association; Peace, Power, Righteousness: an indigenous manifesto (Oxford University Press, 1999/2009); and, Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Kahnawake Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Taiaiake's current research and consulting work is rooted in the concept of Indigenous Resurgence and involves studying the effects of environmental contamination on Indigenous culture, and the restoration of land-based cultural practices, with a special focus on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. His previous research and consulting work centered on retraditionalization, structural reform, and leadership training for First Nations governments and organizations. He also spent many a number of years as a researcher, writer, negotiator and advisor for First Nations governments involved in land claims and self-government negotiation processes in his own nation and in British Columbia.

Taiaiake was born in Montréal and raised in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. He is the father of three sons, who are all Laksilyu Clan of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.

You can follow Taiaiake on Twitter (@Taiaiake_Alfred) and view all of his archived work at his website: http://taiaiake.net/.