Currently accepting graduate students - yes

  • Master's
  • PhD


  • INDG 1240 - Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Part Two 
  • INDG 2530 - Introduction to Indigenous Theory 
  • INDG 4230 - Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Studies Research 
  • INDG 7230 - Methodology and Research Issues in Indigenous Studies 


Dr. Merissa Daborn is a white scholar and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba where she researches at the intersections of food, technoscience, surveillance, policing, policy and whiteness. 

Her doctoral research considered how policy approaches to Indigenous food insecurity perpetuate healthism (the self-regulation of health behaviours) rather than addressing the everyday structural and material conditions food insecure Indigenous people must navigate — including securitization, policing and networks of colonial biopower. 

Her latest research is focussed on the relationship between citizen surveillance, policing and grocery stores as carceral spaces in Winnipeg. 

Merissa is a member of the Indigenous STS Lab in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She is dedicated to research in the areas of urban Indigenous studies and Indigenous STS (science, technology and society). 


  • PhD (Indigenous Studies), University of Alberta, 2021
  • MA (Indigenous Studies), University of Alberta, 2017
  • BA (Anthropology, Indigenous Studies), University of Alberta, 2015


Research affiliations/groups

Selected publications

  • “The Food Police: The White Possessive Securitization of Winnipeg Food Spaces.” aboriginal policy studies Vol. 10, No. 1 (2022): 33-62.
  • “Beyond Food Security: Accounting for Community Food Needs in Kugaaruk, Nunavut.” Northern Public Affairs Vol. 5, No. 1 (2017): 52-54.


  • 2023 - Outstanding Teacher Award for Significant Contribution to Excellence in Teaching, Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning

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