Gettler, Brian

Assistant ProfessorHistorical Studies - History

Contact Information

NE 4240
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
Mondays 11:30-12:30pm, and by appointment
Brian Gettler

Brian Gettler’s research focuses on First Nations’ economic, political, and social history and the history of Quebec and Canada since the Conquest. He has published articles in Histoire sociale / Social History, the Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, and the Bulletin d'histoire politique in addition to several edited collections. Gettler’s book manuscript, Colonialism’s Currency: A Political History of First Nations Money-Use in Quebec and Ontario, 1820-1950, analyzes the experience of three culturally, historically and geographically distinct 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 Kahnawà:ke and Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk participation in Montreal’s economy during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Current Courses: 


  • HIS263Y5 : The History of Canada



“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