Alison DuBois is a proud Anishinaabe member of the Pasqua First Nation which is located near Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan in Treaty 4 territory. Currently in her first year of PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, with a major in Comparative Indigenous History and a minor in Canadian and US History, Alison’s research interests focus on treaty and government relations. Prior to relocating to Treaty 6 territory, Alison worked for her First Nation as a community development co-ordinator, successfully navigating a federal pilot project, community engagement and regional policy development. Selected as the Saskatchewan First Nations representative for a national community development working group, Alison had the opportunity to liaise with government representatives and First Nations, building on previous employment with First Nations in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Alison’s policy experience is informed by her participation as a policy analyst for the Manitoba government in 2003 through to 2006. While working as a full-time analyst Alison completed her Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba and also served as a board member for a non-profit community development organization in Winnipeg. Her Master’s research focused on the Indian Act and termination policy, critically assessing federal legislation and the potential impacts to treaty and aboriginal rights. She was especially grateful for Phil Fontaine’s participation as one of her supervisory committee members.
For the past five years Alison has provided technical and advisory support for the Treaty Four Citizens Forum which takes place each September as part of the Treaty Four Gathering. Alison is a firm believer in community engagement that’s positive, respectful and results-oriented and although her studies keep her from spontaneous road trips, as a former resident of large urban centres and small prairie towns, Alison brings a unique perspective to her role as National VP for Policy.
When she’s not reading about American and Canadian history, Alison’s thoughts turn to the novel she’s been working on for the past several months. A former jingle dress dancer, Alison looks forward to once again connecting with friends and family on the powwow trail.