Dr. Lisa Monchalin, alumna of the department, published The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada

Credits: Photo of Dr. Monchalin by Red Works Studio

Credits: Photo of Dr. Monchalin by Red Works Studio

We are always happy to celebrate the many successes of current students and alumni. Dr. Lisa Monchalin, a University of Ottawa alumna, graduated with her Doctorate in Criminology in 2012, making her the first Indigenous woman in Canada to earn her Ph.D. in Criminology! Lisa is of Algonquin, Huron, Métis, and Scottish descent and is extremely proud of her Indigenous heritage. While at the University of Ottawa she made the decision to dedicate her life to reducing crime that affects Indigenous peoples through knowledge and education. Her passion and determination has helped her achieve an impressive list of accomplishments that benefit the lives of many. 

While at uOttawa, Lisa worked under the supervision of Dr. Irvin Waller. During that time, Lisa published an article «Pourquoi pas la prévention du crime? Une perspective canadienne» in La Revue Criminologie and subsequently won the Jean-Paul-Brodeur Award which honours the best student published in their last two volumes. At the same time, Lisa also worked as Dr. Waller’s research assistant and contributed to “Making Cities Safer: Action Briefs for Municipal Stakeholders” which was distributed across many municipalities in Canada. Lisa’s doctoral thesis examined crime reduction programs in Winnipeg that affected the lives of urban Indigenous peoples (Monchalin, 2012). 

Since graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2012, Lisa has published various articles and chapters including, most recently, a chapter in Long & Dickason's (2016) Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Aboriginal Peoples in Canada entitled “The Failed Foreign System of Criminal Justice and the Problem with Canada”. Dr. Monchalin also went on to write her own book, published with the University of Toronto Press: The Colonial Problem: An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada. Her book was designed as an educational tool for Indigenous Justice courses in Canada. In her book, Lisa writes honestly and unapologetically about the historical and contemporary ‘Colonial Problem’ in Canada and helps the reader visualize a decolonized future for Turtle Island and its peoples.

Lisa is currently a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she decolonizes the minds of her students with a compassionate and patient teaching style. She is also in the process of developing a Minor in Indigenous Community Justice. Lisa is a true trailblazer in the field of Criminology and an advocate for Indigenous justice. We are so proud of everything that she has accomplished and cannot wait to see what she does next! 

Dr. Lisa Monchalin will be stopping at the University of Ottawa as part of her book tour. Check our blog for dates and details.

Post by Nisse Bourne, MA Student in the Department of Criminology at uOttawa. Nisse completed her Honours thesis at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on the colonial barriers to living one's true path under the supervision of Dr. Monchalin. She is now working on her Master's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Jon Frauley.