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Daniel Dumas

Daniel Dumas, MA

Doctoral candidate

Daniel Dumas obtained his MA in geography from the University of Ottawa in 2017. His thesis, entitled "Negotiating Life Within the City: Social Geographies and Lived Experiences of Urban Metis Peoples in Ottawa," was a study in modern urban Indigeneity, influenced by social and urban geography, and Indigenous studies. As a research assistant at the Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, Daniel contributed to the Digital Archives Database Project that digitized historical Metis records from across Western Canada. Afterward, Daniel worked as a Special Projects Intern for the Alberta Ministry of Indigenous Relations in Edmonton, Canada.

Daniel joined the Doctoral Program Environment and Society in October 2018. His dissertation explores past and present representations of Indigeneity and the environment within the Canadian context, namely focusing on arctic environments, urban environments, and environments of resource extraction. 


Dissertation Project: (Re)Making the Nation(s): Cultural Representations of Indigeneity and the Environment


  • Dumas, Daniel (2023). “Place Them on a Stamp: Inuit, Banal Colonialism, and the ‘Pioneer Experiment’ of the High Arctic Relocations.” Political Geography, 105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2023.102919.
  • Dumas, Daniel and Carolin Maertens (2023). “Spaces of Living in Transformation: Sights, Sounds and Sensations of Munich’s River and Slaughterhouse Districts.” Global Environment, 16(2): 386–399. https://doi.org/10.3197/ge.2023.160208.
  • Dürr, Eveline, Regine Keller, and Daniel Dumas (2023). Irritations and Unforeseen Consequences of the Urban: Debating Natures, Politics, and Timescapes. Global Environment, 16(2). https://doi.org/10.3197/ge.2023.160201.
  • Dumas, Daniel (2023). “Pipeline Dreams and Nightmares: Media Representation of Indigenous Peoples and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien, 43: 32–59.
  • Dumas, Daniel. (2022). Book review: "Carola Hein (ed.), Oil Spaces: Exploring the Global Petroleumscape." Global Environment, 15(3): 609–614. https://doi.org/10.3197/ge.2022.150309.
  • Dumas, Daniel. (2020). “Problematic Postage: Canada’s Claim to the Arctic through a Postage Stamp.” Arcadia, 25: online. https://doi.org/10.5282/rcc/9064. 
Written Contributions: 

Conference/Workshop Presentations:

  • "Place Them on a Stamp: Inuit, Banal Nationalism, and the "Pioneer Experiment" of Forced Relocations to the High Arctic in the 1950s." American Society for Environmental History Conference. Eugene, Oregon. March 2022. 
  • "Pipeline Dreams and Nightmares: Indigenous Views of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project." Ecologies, Environments, Ethics—Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries (GKS). Grainau, Germany. February 2022. 
  • "The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project and the Global Petroleumscape." Oil Spaces: A Multidisciplinary Discussion on the Global Petroleumscape in Times of Transition. Munich, Germany. December 2021.
  • "Problematic Postage: Canada's Claim to High Arctic Lands and Waters through a Stamp." Indigenous Shapes of Water—American Indian Workshop. Munich, Germany. November 2020.
  • “Beaded Dreams: Indigenous Representations of Identity, Environment, and Resistance on Present-day Turtle Island.” Amerika-Kolloquium, Munich, Germany. January 2020.
  • "Problematic Postage: Canada's Claim to the North through a Stamp." Inuit Studies Conference. Montréal, Québec. October 2019.
  • "Leaving the Tar Sands? Indigenous Journeys of Risk, Reward, and Displacement in Northwest Turtle Island." Mapping Mountains and Seas: Journeys, Cartographies, Effects Workshop, Munich, Germany. June 2019.
  • "Ottawa: Metis City or Meeting Place?" Louis Riel Day Panel. Ottawa, Ontario. November 2016.
  • "Stragglers of the Plains: Colonial Categorization and Cultural Resilience of Metis Peoples in Late Nineteenth-Century Western Canada." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Annual General Meeting. Honolulu, Hawai'i. May 2016.
  • "Indigenous Representations of the City." Graduate Students Association Interdisciplinary Conference. Ottawa, Ontario. February 2016.