Dr. Jeannine Carrière is Métis and originally from the Red River area of southern 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 Métis child wellness, Aboriginal adoptions and identity, advancing Indigenous knowledges and the rights of sex workers and their families. Dr. Carrière has been a practitioner in Aboriginal 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 her most recent co-edited book, Calling Our Families Home: Métis Peoples’ Experiences with Child Welfare (2017) which is the first book on Métis child welfare in Canada.
In 2008 Dr. Carrière 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.