Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

My latest article, "Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health" is now out in the British Journal of Canadian Studies (volume 30, issue 2).  This article is part of a special issue edited by Evan J. Habkirk and Janice Forsyth focusing on health and the body at Canadian residential schools. Many thanks … Continue reading Archival photographs in perspective: Indian residential school images of health

Reflecting on Camping and the Parks System

I've went camping twice this summer and stayed at three Provincial Parks in Ontario as part of that experience.  I've been thinking a lot about the complicated nature behind the parks system, the dispossession of Indigenous people from parks and the lack of acknowledgement of the traditional usage of the land by Parks.  None of … Continue reading Reflecting on Camping and the Parks System

Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

Since 2010 part of my job has included providing historical site tours focusing on the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools that were located on the site which now houses Algoma University. In the past few years I have been giving between 80-100 tours to a range of audiences, including : K-12, … Continue reading Shingwauk Historical Site Tours

Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History

My latest piece "Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre" was recently published in Education Forum the magazine of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). The article discusses the history of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC), the importance of shifting the historical narrative to the Survivor point … Continue reading Sharing, Healing and Learning: Survivor Driven History

Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

I'm on a podcast! Given my obsession with listening to podcasts it might not be surprising that I'm very excited to have been part of a podcast recording. Recently Scott Neigh of Talking Radical Radio interviewed Skylee-Storm Hogan and I about the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, activism and archives, and more broadly about documenting social … Continue reading Archives As Activism: The Case of Residential Schools

Residential Schools and Present Day White Privilege

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to listen to residential school survivor Mike Cachagee speak to a group of 90 grade eight students.  Over the past couple of years I've worked with Mike on a regular basis through the educational programming undertaken at the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre.  Mike often comes in to speak … Continue reading Residential Schools and Present Day White Privilege

Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

Sophia Reuss recently wrote an article on  how "Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC's calls to action: Cultural institutions have an important role to play in Canada's reconciliation process."  Reuss' piece looks at the role museums and archives play in caring for and presenting materials relating to Indigenous communities and the need to the … Continue reading Indigenous people want museums to heed TRC’s calls to action

Indy Behind the Scenes: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Walking Tour

One of my favourite parts of every NCPH conference is the range of walking tours, museum visits, and behind the scenes tours to local heritage sites that are setup as part of the conference.  This year I participated in a tour of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. This session included a … Continue reading Indy Behind the Scenes: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Walking Tour

Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site

The third peice I wrote last year for Canada's History is now up on their re-designed website.  My piece on "Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site" talks briefly about the history of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Indian Residential Schools, the range of historic site tours provided by the Shingwauk Indian Residential School, … Continue reading Tours of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Residential Schools Site

Today: Indigenous Storytellers WikiThon

An Indigenous Storytellers Edit-A-Thon is being held Tuesday April 4, 2017 3 - 7 PM PDT.  The event is being hosted by UBC and Concordia is dedicated to revising and creating entries on Wikipedia for Indigenous storytellers, with an emphasis on those working in film and theatre in Turtle Island. There are on-site options for … Continue reading Today: Indigenous Storytellers WikiThon