Bio (Rob Nestor)

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Rob Nestor


Associate Faculty


Humanitarian Studies


Rob Nestor is an academic and researcher who specializes in Indigenous-newcomer relations. His research examines the legislative and treaty relationships that exist between Indigenous people and Canada. He also concentrates on issues of justice and law as they relate to Indigenous peoples. Nestor has produced a number of works for publication and numerous reports for Indigenous treaty right claims.


Nestor has taught at numerous institutions across Canada including Royal Roads University, the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and the University of Sudbury. At these institutions he developed and taught a number of online and face-to-face courses that cover legal and justice issues and recently "The Sociology of Hockey in Canada."  Until August 2010, Nestor was a librarian at the First Nations University of Canada, a position he held for nearly 20 years. He now provides research and consulting services to both First Nations and government departments in the area of First Nations land claims and treaty rights. He was also involved in the development and delivery of Aboriginal cross-cultural training to Saskatchewan provincial government departments, city police forces and the RCMP. He also worked as an instructional designer for the faculty of nursing at the University of Regina.


Nestor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies (Hons.) from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now the First Nations University of Canada)/University of Regina (1994) where he examined the missionary and residential school experience of the Ktunaxa people. In 1998, Nestor graduated with a Master of Arts in Canadian Plains Studies from the University of Regina with a specialization in Indigenous Studies. His thesis examined the policies of Hayter Reed as they were applied to Indigenous peoples in Western Canada.

Nestor is now writing his dissertation, the final requirement for his PhD, which examines the history of the First Nations University of Canada within the context of Indigenous controlled Indigenous education.