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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. In 2009-2010 Rene was involved in an evaluation and assessment of the Youth Intervention Program, a Federal community initiative that was directed by the City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention. In 2013 René joined the Executive Board of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association (U of Calgary) where he serves a two year term as member-at-large. In 2014 he joined the steering committee of the Cultural Integration Academy of the City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention Services.
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.
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. 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; Turkey (Istanbul), Iraq (by road from Baghdad north to Erbil in Autonomous Kurdistan, back to Baghdad, then to Basra), Lebanon (Beirut; Byblos), and Afghanistan (Kabul to Bamiyan Valley to Herat by road, back to Kabul by air) with a stop-over in Dubai on the way home in 2013; in 2014, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and China via the Trans-Siberian, as well as a week in the DPRK. 2015 involved a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona to Dubai via the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden; the Golden Triangle in N.W. India, and another visit to Istanbul to top things off. Germany, Turkey, and Malta are on the agenda for 2016. 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. He also admits that when he acts half his age, he has twice the fun!