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Indigenous StudiesOffice: EME 3279
Indigenous people in colonial militaries; traditional and contemporary concepts of warriorship, Indigenous encounters with public history and museums, residential schools and reconciliation, and Indigenous education
I am a settler scholar and lecturer in the Indigenous Studies program on the unceded lands of the Syilx peoples. Working with Indigenous communities, my research and teaching in Indigenous studies is wide ranging, exploring Indigenous history, archives, military and militarism, education, public history, residential schools, and historical and contemporary conceptions of Indigenous warriorship. I look forward to bringing my research to UBCO and working with the university and the Syilx peoples in mutually beneficial community based projects.
Ph.D., History, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (2019)
M.A., Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University (2010)
B.A. (Honours), Wilfrid Laurier University (2007)
Research Interests & Projects
Great War Centenary Association, Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations (www.doingourbit.ca)
Selected Publications & Presentations
Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief and Strength in Canada’s Great War. Edited by Peter Farrugia and Evan J. Habkirk. University of British Columbia Press (Forthcoming, 2021).
The Art of Communication: The Unveiling of the Bell Memorial Revisited. Edited by Evan J. Habkirk and Mary Beth Start. Brantford: Bell Homestead National Historic Site, 2017.
“Soldier or Ward?: Hill 70 and the Lived Experience of Pte. Wilfred Lickers.” In Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief and Strength in Canada’s Great War. Edited by Peter Farrugia and Evan J. Habkirk. University of British Columbia Press (Forthcoming, 2021).
“First Nations and the Home Front: Case Study of the Grand River Six Nations.” In Behind the Lines: Canada’s Home Front during the First and Second World Wars. Edited by Catherine Elliot Shaw. London, Ontario: McIntosh Art Gallery, 2017. Co-authored with Helen Gregory.
“Canada’s First Nations and the Anglo-Boer War.” In Empire from the Margins: Religious Minorities in Canada and the South African War 1899-1902. Edited by Gordon L. Heath. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications for McMaster Divinity College, 2017.
Guest Edited Journals
British Journal of Canadian Studies 30, 2 (Special issue on Health and the Canadian Residential School System). Edited by Evan J. Habkirk and Janice Forsyth (2017).
“Creating Better Student Engagement through Teacher/Indigenous Community Partnerships.” The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies (Forthcoming, 2021).
“Masking the Support of War: The Anglican Church and the Expansion and Suspension of the Cadets in Brantford, Ontario.” The Journal of the Canadian Church History Society (Forthcoming, 2020).
“A Year of Inaction: Ontario Education and the TRC.” Active History (2020).
“A Model for Open Community Engagement: Six Nations, the GWCA, and the Production of Wartime Narratives.” Histories of Anthropology Annual 12 (2018): 229-248.
“From Indian Boys to Canadian Men? The Use of Cadet Drill in the Canadian Indian Residential School System.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 30, 2 (2017): 227-248.
“Sights of Order: Displays of Physical Culture at Canadian Indian Residential Schools.” ActiveHistory.ca. (2015) Co-authored with Janice Forsyth
“Exploring the Clash of Official and Vernacular Memory: The Great War in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations” ActiveHistory.ca. (2015) Co-authored with Peter Farrugia.