Brian Gettler

Brian Gettler

Associate Professor Historical Studies - History
Office Location:
MN 4240
Office Hours:
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3359 Mississauga Road, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

Brian Gettler’s research focuses on the political, economic, and social history of colonialism in Quebec and Canada. He has published articles in several edited collections and academic journals, including the Canadian Historical Review, Histoire sociale / Social History, and the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française. Gettler’s book, Colonialism’s Currency: Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950, analyzes the distinct experiences of three First Nations alongside the monetary dimensions of British and Canadian Indian policy and corporate policy in the fur trade. Rather than focusing on the perhaps obvious ways in which wealth shaped politics, it concentrates on money as both a symbol around which discourses of appropriate behaviour were articulated and as a concrete tool in the governance of peoples and lands. His current research explores public finance and Crown-First Nations fiscal relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Current Courses: 

Year: 2020-21

  • HIS104H5F: A History of Here, HIS262H5S: What is Canada?, HIS315H5S: Indigenous Peoples and Immigrants in Canada, HIS462H5F: Indigenous North America


Colonialism's Currency: Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020)

“Historical Research at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada,” Canadian Historical Review 98, no. 4 (2017): 641-674

“Les Premières Nations et l’histoire du Québec: au-delà du négationnisme et du récit ‘nationaliste-conservateur’,” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 46, no. 1 (2016): 7-18.

"Money and the Changing Nature of Colonial Space in Northern Quebec: Fur Trade Monopolies, the State, and Aboriginal Peoples during the Nineteenth Century,” Histoire sociale/Social History 46, no. 92 (2013), 271-293. Winner of the Histoire sociale/Social History Best Article Prize, 2014.

"En espèce ou en nature? Les présents, l’imprévoyance et l’évolution idéologique de la politique indienne pendant la première moitié du XIXe siècle,” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française 65, no. 4 (2012), 409-437.

"La consommation sous réserve : les agents indiens, la politique locale et les épiceries à Wendake aux XIXe et XXe siècles,” Bulletin d’histoire politique 20, no. 3 (2012), 170-185.


Indigenous History, History of Quebec and Canada, Economic, Political, and Social History, Colonialism
Ph.D. Université du Québec à Montréal