Dr. Jeannine Carrière is Métis and was raised in St.Adolphe Manitoba. She has been teaching social work since 1994 in Alberta and at the University of Victoria since 2005 where she teaches at the School of Social Work. Her role in the school has included being Chair of the Indigenous Specializations and to oversee the Indigenous Student Support Center for the faculty of Human and Social Development.
Her research interests include Metis children’s identity and needs for cultural safety in adoptions and child welfare services. Dr. Carrière has been a practitioner in Indigenous child and family services for over thirty years and has conducted several research projects related to her research interests.
With a number of publications including a co-edited book, Calling Our Families Home: Metis Peoples’ Experiences with Child Welfare (2017) which is the first book on Metis child welfare in Canada. She has also published on Indigenous knowledge building, health equity and the rights of sex workers and their families. In 2008 Dr. Carriere received the Adoptions Activist Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).
In 2017 Dr. Carrière received the University of Victoria Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award for her work with Métis and First Nation People.