Rachel Bryant

Research Associate

Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre


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Dr. Rachel Bryant joined the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre as a Research Associate in 2021 after completing a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University in 2020. Her writings about Wabanaki, colonial, and settler colonial literary history have been published in numerous journals, including AlterNative, NAIS, Settler Colonial Studies, Canadian Literature, and others. Her first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), was short-listed for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing and awarded the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Rachel lives with her family in Menahkwesk, where she speaks in public forums about history and treaty and teaches courses on the UNB Saint John campus in the Departments of History & Politics and Humanities & Languages. For her teaching, she was nominated for the Dr. Alan P. Stewart Memorial Award in 2021 and awarded a Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence for 2021-2022. She developed and led the Diploma in University Teaching program for UNB Saint John in 2021. Her recent and/or ongoing research includes work on the Saint John City Charter and the Saint John River Society; the traditions of colonial recruitment and promotion literature in New Brunswick; and housing rights in the context of the Peace and Friendship Treaties.

As a descendent of Loyalists and New England Planters, Rachel is committed to understanding and balancing her own family’s rights and responsibilities and to honouring the agreements her ancestors made to live in this territory in good relationship with Wabanaki people. She is grateful to be working as part of the MWC family to support and facilitate Wabanaki writing and research and to help improve the university experience for Indigenous students.