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Queen's University

Trina Zeimbekis 

PhD Candidate
Inuit culture and history, Ethnohistory, 20th Century Canada

Phone: 613.533.2150


M.A., Memorial University, 2005
B.A., Memorial University, 2002


Trina Zeimbekis studies early policing in Arctic Canada, particularly in present day Nunavik, northern Québec, where she investigates the conflict and negotiation of cross-cultural issues relating to a public health debate over a massive dog culling beginning in the 1950s. Her thesis highlights the Inuit response to the shift from a temporary to permanent police presence in the north. It identifies a connection between the Inuit, Canada, and the place of dogs within it.

Courses Taught

HIST 467, First Nations of North America


American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting (ASE), 12-16 November 2008, Eugene, Oregon. Conference paper entitled, 'A Place for Arctic Space.'

Conference attendee, ASE Annual Meeting, 7-11 November 2007, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, 1-5 November 2006, Williamsburg, Virginia. Conference paper entitled, 'Civilized Savages: An Indigenous Perspective of the Civilizing Process in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Ontario.'


Co-authored book chapter entitled, 'Peter Jones: Civilize or be Civilized.' In Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land, by Andy den Otter.  Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2012.

Review of Inuit Shamanism and Christianity: Transitions and Transformations in the Twentieth Century, by Frédéric B. Laugrand and Jarich G. Oosten. The Northern Review34 (Fall 2011): 117-20.


Winner of the History Department's Teaching Fellow Award, 2011.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000