Dr. Yale Belanger is professor, Political Science, and Member, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists (2017-2024). Dr. Belanger grew up in Ontario and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge in 1998. He subsequently earned an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (Political Science, Anthropology, Native Studies) at the University of Manitoba in 2000 and Doctor of Philosophy at Trent University in 2006. His work has been applied in reports by all three levels of government, and appeared in expert briefs submitted to courts in Ontario and British Columbia, where he testified before the B.C. Supreme Court in 2015. Dr. Belanger provided expert testimony to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada that was utilized for INAC’s technical report, Alternative and Innovative Housing Practices of Indigenous People in Canada (2016), and was identified as a policy expert when he appeared at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s National Housing Strategy Expert Roundtable on Urban Aboriginal Housing (2016). He has presented his findings before the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research (CCGR) and the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission, and he testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Transport and Communications, which quoted his testimony in its final report, Pipelines for Oil: Protecting Our Economy, Respecting Our Environment (2016). He is currently a member of the City of Lethbridge's Social Housing in Action (SHIA) Research and Evaluation Committee, having previously served with the Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium (2010-2013).