Dr. Josie C. Auger

Associate Professor

Josie Auger



  • B.A. (University of Alberta)
  • M.Sc. (University of Alberta)
  • Ph.D. (University of Alberta)


Josie C. Auger, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Nukskahtowin and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University. Her doctoral research addressed STI/HIV prevention using popular theatre and action research as methods. As a senior executive she led a non-profit organization in community health and wellness focusing on addictions training, research and health promotions from an Indigenous perspective. From 2014-2018 she served the Bigstone Cree Nation membership in a four-year leadership term. Treaty 8 territory is a rugged landscape now known for natural resource extraction and environmental impacts are one of her interests. Her own research requires the use of Indigenous research methodology to understand the invasion of sexual boundaries among Indigenous women and the impacts on self-determination and sovereignty.

She is currently teaching Indigenous Studies 348 - Aboriginal Justice, Indigenous Studies 390 - Individual Directed Research/Projects, Indigenous Studies 391 - Group Directed Research/Projects.


Baker, J.M., Gladue T., and Auger J.C. (2020) Monitoring the Land: Consultation and Extraction in Bigstone Cree Nation’s Territory. In “Indigenous Stewardship and Alternative Development,” Katherine Sinclair and Evodia, Silva editors. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [In Progress}.

Golzadeh, N., Barst, B.D., Basu, N., Baker, J.M., Auger, J.C., & McKinney M.A. (2020). Evaluating the concentrations of total mercury, methylmercury, selenium, and selenium: mercury molar ratios in traditional foods of the Bigstone Cree in Alberta, Canada.

Auger, J.C. (2014). My People’s Blood: Indigenous Sexual Health Recovery. Vernon, BC: JCharlton Publishing Ltd.

Auger, J. (2010). Spider Weaving: STI/HIV Prevention Using Popular Theatre and Action Research in an Indigenous Community [Doctoral dissertation]. Retrieved January 22, 2020, from https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/AEU/TC-AEU-1382.pdf

Auger, J. & Letendre, A. (2005) Chapter 11 Sexual Health Practices. In First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey (RHS) 2002/03, pp. 120-124. Retrieved January 22, 2020, https://fnigc.ca/sites/default/files/ENpdf/RHS_2002/rhs2002-03-technical_report.pdf

Cardinal, J.C., Schopflocher, DP, Svenson, LW, Morrison, KB and Laing L. (2004) First nations in Alberta: A focus on health service use. Edmonton: Alberta Health and Wellness.
Retrieved September 6, 2019, https://www.google.com/search?q=first+nations+in+alberta+a+focus+on+health+service+use&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-e

Auger, J. (1999). Walking through fire and surviving: Resiliency among Aboriginal peoples with diabetes.
Retrieved September 5, 2019, from http://www.nlc-bnc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp01/MQ40026.pdf

Auger, J.C. (1996). Whose story to tell? In G. Kirkland & R. Davis (Eds.), Dimensions II (pp.85-87). Toronto, ON: Gage Educational Publishing Company.


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Dr. Auger’s sessional instructor experience was at Athabasca University, the University of Alberta and Maskwacis Cultural College. She taught the following courses. Some course names and numbers have changed: