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Scott Berthelette


Scott Berthelette is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Queen’s University. He researches the history of Indigenous Peoples, the Métis, New France, and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Scott completed his PhD at the University of Saskatchewan in January 2020. His Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded dissertation is titled "Between Sovereignty and Statecraft: New France and the Contest for the Hudson Bay Watershed, 1663-1774," and examines how French-Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois were instrumental cultural brokers between Indigenous peoples and the French colonial government in the Hudson Bay Watershed. This project will be published as a monograph with McGill-Queen's University Press. Scott is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, the federally recognized self-government of the Métis people of Manitoba.

Selected Publications


  • “New France and the Hudson Bay Watershed: Transatlantic Networks, Backcountry Specialists, and French Imperial Projects in post-Utrecht North America, 1713-1729.” Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 101, No. 01 (2020): 1-26.
  • “‘Frères et Enfants du même Père’: The French Illusion of Empire West of the Great Lakes, 1731-1743.” Early American Studies, Vol. 14, No. 01 (2016): 174-198.
  • “The Making of a Manitoban Hero: Commemorating La Vérendrye in St. Boniface and Winnipeg 1886-1938.” Manitoba History 74 (2014): 15-25.

Department of History, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.