“Start the Adventure, Discover Aboriginal Canada”: Selling Authentication and Aboriginalism in Canadian Tourism
Dr. Adese is of the Otipemisiwak and is currently an Assistant Professor with the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, located in Kiji Sibi/the Ottawa Valley, the unceded territories of the Algonquin peoples. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from McMaster University’s Department of English & Cultural Studies. Her dissertation, which was institutionally nominated for both the CGS/UMI and CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards, examines the constructions and representations of Aboriginality in various forms of cultural tourism and cultural consumption—across a variety of contexts from the Olympic Games in 1976,1988 and 2010 to casinos to tourism agencies—considering as well how the work of select Indigenous artists can be read as acts of resistance to narrative violence, challenging the narrow frame through which Indigenous peoples are figured across such sites of Canadian nation-building and cultural production. Dr. Adese is working on a book manuscript under contract with UBC press that is based on her doctoral research, and has published six academic articles, as well as a literary publication and a policy paper on behalf of Women of the Métis Nation (WMN) for the inaugural National Aboriginal Women’s Summit. Her other major research projects examine the expressions of Métis nationhood in literature and the political activism of Métis women in the post-1982 Constitutional era. Jennifer has also served as a Southern Representative for the Women’s Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario (WSMNO), as a Delegation Member with Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak-Women of the Métis Nation (LFMO-WMN) to successive National Aboriginal Women’s Summits, has served as the University Liaison for the Lakehead University’s Aboriginal Management Council (AMC), and spent a term as the Aboriginal Awareness Centre Coordinator at Lakehead University. She has earned over a dozen honours, including a SSHRC CGS (2009-2012); a Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis from McMaster University (2012); numerous scholarships from Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation) (2008-2012), an OGS (2008-2009), a Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary and an Aboriginal Women in Leadership Scholarship (2006-2007).