Heidi Bohaker

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2067



Department for the Study of Religion

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Indigenous-Crown relations, treaties, legal history, Anishinaabek histories, digital history


For History Undergradaute Associate Chair matters please send your email to history.ugchr@utoronto.ca.

Heidi Bohaker investigates on the history of Indigenous-Crown relations, treaties and federal and provincial government policies toward Indigenous peoples in Canada.  She is a Director of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in treaty history, the history of residential schools in Canada and Canadian legal history.

She is also a practitioner of the digital humanities, exploring how to best use new technologies in collaboration with Great Lakes First Nations to reconnect communities with aspects of their cultural heritage stored in museums and archives around the world, through GRASAC, the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures, of which she is a co-founder, and its research database of which she was the main designer (grasac.org).

Current Doctoral Students:
Chandra Murdoch, "Opposing, Enforcing and amending the Indian Act: The Grand General Indian Council of Ontario"
Zachary Smith, "Indigenous Toronto: The Politics of Indigenous Segregation and Migration in Twentieth Century Canada"
Cathleen Clark, "Transnational Indigenous Rights Advocacy in Canada, 1969-1982"
Thomas Blampied , "Ontario’s Development Road”: The Ontario Northland Railway and Provincial Colonialism, 1901-1995"
Hannah Cooley, "Indigenous Activism in Transnational Media: Canada/US, 1970s- "


PhD, University of Toronto