Chadwick (Chad) Cowie

Chadwick (Chad) Cowie
Assistant Professor
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Chad Cowie is from the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg community of Pamitaashkodeyong (also referred to as Hiawatha First Nation) and is of the Atik (Caribou) Dodem (Clan). After graduating High School, Chad attended Western University, earning his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Political Science and First Nations Studies (2008). Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, Chad served as a Junior Researcher and Policy Analyst for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO). Chad then went on to obtain his Master of Arts Degree in Political Science at the University of Manitoba (2013) and is currently finalizing his Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science) at the University of Alberta. In addition to his current research into whether or not Indigenous peoples participation in Canadian federal electoral politics can bring change and reconciliation, Chad is also assisting with research and knowledge gathering on behalf of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg communities and Nation.

Research Interests

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg governance and relations; Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) relations and governance; Indigenous/Settler-State (specifically the states of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) relations; Indigenous/Provincial relations; Sovereignty; Citizenship; Political Parties; Elections and Voting; Federalism; Intergovernmental Relations; Indigenous representation.

Awards & Grants

Fukuzawa, Sherry, Nicole Laliberte, Veronica King-Jamieson, and Chadwick Cowie. “Re-Establishing Relations and Partnerships through Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Educational Initiatives.” Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative Grant: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2022-2025


Cowie, Chadwick. “Reconciling Canadian Political Science: Including Indigeneity in the Discipline.” In (Title Forthcoming). Edited by: Ian Peach (Forthcoming)

Cowie, Chadwick and Liam Midzain-Gobin. “Progress or the Status-Quo: Indigenous Peoples in Election 44.” In The Canadian Election of 2021. Edited by: J.H. Pammett and Christopher Dornan (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022)

Cowie, Chadwick. “Quebec Sovereignty and Indigenous Nationhoods: Critiquing the Quebec Secessionist Movement from ‘an Indigenous Lens.’” In Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies, volume 1, issue 1 (June 2021): pps. 7-44.

Teaching Interests

POLC52H3 – Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State

POLD54H3: Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg Nation Governance and Politics