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Janine Elizabeth Metallic

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor (Indigenous Education)

Janine Elizabeth Metallic
Contact Information

Education Building, Room 336
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 09159

Email address: 
janine.metallic [at] mcgill.ca
Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Dr. Janine Elizabeth Metallic, is a Mi’gmaw from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation (Listuguj, Quebec). Janine currently lives in Montreal where she works as an Assistant Professor (Indigenous Education) in McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education. Her research interests center around Indigenous educational studies and language revitalization. For several years, Janine worked as a Mi'gmaw language consultant in McGill's Department of Linguistics. Janine is currently interested in building Indigenous research capacity by supporting and training Indigenous graduate students and developing research projects related to community-based education and language research. 


PhD (Educational Studies), McGill University 
MSc (Human Nutrition), McGill University 
BSc (Psychology), McGill University 
BSc (Nutritional Sciences), McGill University 

Areas of expertise: 
  • Indigenous education
  • Indigenous methodologies; Decolonizing methodologies; Qualitative methodologies
  • Indigenous language revitalization and maintenance
  • Mi’gmaw/Mi’kmaq language teaching and learning


Office hours: 

By appointment only 


In the Words of our Ancestors: Inspiring Contemporary Indigenous Language Research by Critically Engaging with Linguistic Archives:
Research project funded by New Frontiers in Research Fund (Exploration stream) (2019-2021)

Symposium on Building Capacity in Indigenous Research: 
Indigenous-led event funded by SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation-Connection Grant (2018-2019) 

Research and Indigenous Scholarship in Education (RISE): 
Based in and around Tiohtià:ke, RISE brings together Indigenous scholars who are closely connected to their home communities and committed to decolonizing and Indigenizing education research. 


Graduate supervision: 

► NOTE: Not accepting any new students for 2021-2022


Graduate Supervision and Committee Membership

John R. Sylliboy, PhD student (2018–), Department of Integrated Studies in Education (supervisor) 

Wahéhshon Whitebean, PhD student (2019–), Department of Integrated Studies in Education (supervisor)

Tarynne Pachano, MA student (2019–), Department of Linguistics (co-supervisor with Dr. Jessica Coon)

Lisa Arcobelli, MSc student, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (committee member) - Graduated in Spring 2021

Adrienna Joyce, PhD candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education (committee member) 

Kahtehrón:ni Stacey, PhD candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education (committee member) 


Selected talks and presentations: 

Metallic, J. (2019, June). Relationality and lived experiences in language revitalization: Blending Indigenous and qualitative methodologies. Presented at The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, Simmons University, Boston, MA, June 10-11, 2019. 

Metallic, J., & Whitebean, W. (2019, May). Building capacity with Research and Indigenous Scholarship in Education (RISE). Presented at The Aboriginal Education Research Forum: "Indigenous Languages and Cultures Emerging through Research, Teaching, and Community Actions," Winnipeg, MB, May 27-28, 2019. 

Metallic, J. (2019, March). Creating a culturally responsive classroom for Indigenous students. Presented at 44e Congrès de l'institut des troubles d'apprentissage, Montreal, QC. 

Metallic, J. (2018, October). Indigenous language learning and young adults: A look into the experiences of young adult Mi'gmaw language learners. Presented at the 50th Algonquian Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. 

Metallic, J. (2018, June). Indigenous language learning, pedagogy, and revitalization: Exploring the experiences of young adult Mi'gmaw language learners. Presented at the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, University of Lethbridge, AB. 

Metallic, J., Lavoie, C., & Sarkar, M. (2015, October). Revitalizing Mi'gmaq across the lifespan in Listuguj. Paper presented at Colloque sur la persévérance et la réussite scolaires chez les Premier Peuples. Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Chicoutimi, Quebec, October 14-16, 2015. 

Metallic, J. (2015, March). Nta'tugwaqannminen (Our stories): Language stories and experiences of young adult Mi'gmaq language learners. Invited Colloquium: Indigenous Languages and Identities (Organizer: Donna Patrick, Carleton University). Presented at AAAL-ACLA/CAAL conference, Toronto, ON, March 21-24, 2015. 


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


2019 - McGill University's Award for Equity & Community Building - Academic Staff Category 

Grant Funding (as Principal Investigator)

2019-2021 - New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration Stream ($250,000): In the Words of our Ancestors: Inspiring Contemporary Indigenous Language Research by Critically Engaging with Linguistic Archives. Co-applicants: Jessica Coon, Cara Deer, Steven Jordan, Leith Mahkewa, Tatum McComber, Mela Sarkar, Kahtehrón:ni Stacey. 

2018-2019 - SSHRC - Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation - Connection Grant ($39,762): Building Capacity in Indigenous Research at a Canadian University. Co-applicants: Mindy Carter, Jessica Coon, Bronwen Low, Mela Sarkar.  


Professional activities: 

Service to department/university

  • Undergraduate Teacher Education Program Committee, 2018, 2019 
  • DISE Indigenous Teacher Education search committee, 2018-2019 
  • DISE/Linguistics Indigenous Language Revitalization joint search committee, 2018-2019

Other service 

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