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More About Gadacz, Rene
René received his Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from McGill University and earned two Masters degrees from the University of Calgary - the first in archaeology and the second in anthropology. A lifer in learning and curious about almost everything, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in 1990.
He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, primarily in western Canada, and has worked with a host of municipal agencies and government organizations including the Solicitor General of Canada, Alberta Economic Development and Trade, First Nations Resource Council, and the Victorian Order of Nurses. Before deciding to come to Grande Prairie Regional College he taught Sociology, Anthropology, and First Nations Studies (and various combinations thereof) at the University of Victoria, UBC-Okanagan, and University of Northern British Columbia (Dawson Creek and Prince George, BC).
His areas of interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include customary/Aboriginal law, criminology and alternative dispute resolution, ethnic/minority relations, minority health/disability studies, social indicators studies in community economic development, social justice/human rights, technology and culture, and social/political theory. Rene was involved - as senior author - in an evaluation and assessment of the Youth Intervention Program (2009-2010), a Federal community initiative that is directed by the City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention. Recent major publications include “Aboriginal Peoples in Canada” (Pearson, 2012, 9th edition, co-authored with J. Frideres, University of Calgary), which went into second printing in the summer of 2013.
René has recently been appointed to the Executive Board of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (U of Calgary) where he will serve a two year term (2013-2015) as member-at-large. As a member of the board, he was involved in the planning of the 2013 biannual conference of the CES, held in conjunction with the Association of Canadian Studies [U of Alberta, Edmonton, October 24-26 2013], and chaired several sessions at the conference.
His interests include listening to jazz and blues music, biking and x-country skiing, reading (travel, crime and action thrillers, science fiction), and travelling as much as possible before advanced age and decrepitude sets in (e.g. cross-Canada in 2007; China in 2008; Uzbekistan and Iran in 2009; Paris, Berlin, and mountain biking in Cuba in 2010; Vietnam and camping in South Africa in 2011; sadly, a hiatus in the OR for a THA in mid-2012; Turkey (Istanbul), Iraq (from Erbil to Baghdad to Basra by road), Lebanon (Beirut), and Afghanistan (Kabul to Bamiyan Valley to Herat by road, back to Kabul by air) in 2013; Russia, then Siberia, Mongolia (in time for the Nomad Olympics!) and China by rail, and North Korea in 2014. Idealistic by nature, the motto he tries hard to live by is: "buy less - live more; eat less - live longer," but sometimes it's a really tough call.