Chadwick (Chad) Cowie is a Two-Spirited Mississaugi Male (Aniishinaabeg-Inini), from the community of the Mississaugas of Rice Lake (also known as Hiawatha First Nation), and a member of the Wolf clan.
Chad currently is a Ph.D Candidate at the University of Alberta in the field of Political Science, with focus on Canadian, Comparative and Indigenous politics. Additionally, Chad is a researcher and instructor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. Chad’s previous educational background includes a M.A of Political Studies from the University of Manitoba (2013), and a B.A (Honours) of Political Science from Western University (2008).
Alongside Chad’s educational background, Chad has also served numerous roles within organizations, boards and in relation to employment. In relation to employment, Chad has served as a researcher at the University of Alberta and the University of Manitoba during his time on both campuses. Additionally, Chad was a Researcher and Policy Analyst for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) between October 2008-August 2009 as well as the Indigenous Student Recruitment Officer for Concordia University between September 2016 and January 2019.
Additionally, Chad served as the Co-Chair (Male) of the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission from 2012-2014 & 2016-2018, as well as the Vice President (Internal) of the University of Manitoba’s Graduate Students’ Association (UMGSA) from May 2012-April 2013. In all roles that Chad has been involved in, it has been important for him to advocate and put forth understanding of Indigenous students, peoples and Canadian/Indigenous relations in order to better future prospects and understanding between Indigenous peoples and Canadians – especially in the realm of education.
Chad currently resides in the town of L’Ile Perrot, Quebec with his partner Dan – territory, of which the Mohawk peoples are the traditional stewards.