Research Projects

Co-Investigator Land as Life: Learning from Indigenous Knowledge-Keeper

May 2020-2021

This research explores how Indigenous land-based pedagogy traditionally stems from the land and how the Indigenous community members (Elders/Knowledge Keepers) exemplify how land-based and community-centred education benefits both the student-participants and the community at large. The project analyzes what the various community-members—student-participants, student-helpers and Knowledge Keepers—learn reciprocally from each other in the course. Due to the restrictions placed on physical presence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was limited to online engagement with Indigenous Knowledge and class instruction. Students, student-helpers, Knowledge Keepers and Elders engaged online via photos and video with various cultural expressions, such as oral histories, protocols, Indigenous knowledge related to plants, food, water, and the local Hul’qumi’num language.

Collaborator, Virtual Museum of Canada Grant.

Collaborating with the University of British Columbia Residential School History & Dialogue Centre’s “Mistreated: The Legacy of Indian Hospitals in BC and Alberta” Virtual Museum of Canada digital exhibition. The exhibition privileges the voices and experiences of Survivors and Indigenous communities most directly affected by these hospitals. In visual form, digital surrogates of archival and museum materials are made available to support reconciliation and education efforts.

Principal Investigator, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Canada Connections Grant

“We Will Survive if the Salmon Survive”. This research with community partners Bev Sellars and Elder Jean William examined the creation of a Secwepemc youth program to teach the youth about the land, water, cultural practices and language. The long-term goal was to connect youth with the knowledge keepers and impart the traditions of five Secwepemc communities. Community gatherings and youth focus groups were held to encourage knowledge transmission from Elders to youth for sustenance of the Secwepemc peoples’ culture.

Research Associate

Exploring Secwepemc Identity and Building Relationships with the Williams Lake Indian Band. (PI Dr. Jo-ann Archibald), Network Environments for Aboriginal Research British Columbia – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Principal Investigator

Compilation and analysis of 450 Aboriginal Adult Surveys, to analyze trends on the access of Health Care services in the Prince Rupert area –  Aboriginal Division of Northern Health.