Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project

On April 24, 2018 Stacey Devlin of Know History presented a talk at Algoma University focused on the Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project.  This fantastic project aims to increase resources and accessibility of information about the unique history and development of Métis communities in Ontario. The Root Ancestors Project was developed based on feedback … Continue reading Métis Nation of Ontario Root Ancestors Project

Annual Reports of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes

Our Indian Homes Annual Report cover page

I've recently been working with a batch of annual reports from the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes from 1877-1915.  The first part of these reports have been digitized, OCR'd and are now available to download as PDFs.   We're still working with the reports from 1899-1915, but hope to have those available to the public by the … Continue reading Annual Reports of the Shingwauk and Wawanosh Homes

Listening – Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

Samsung phone with white headphone, Google Play image on screen

Earlier in March season two of the CBC Missing & Murdered podcast launched.  Written and hosted by journalist Connie Walker, Missing & Murdered is an investigative style podcast focused on the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Season one, which aired in 2016, focused on the life and death of Alberta Williams, who was … Continue reading Listening – Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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Last week I participated in the Anishinaabe Inendamowin (thought) Research Symposium held at Algoma University. The theme of this year's symposium was "Weaving Meaningful Anishinaabe Research Bundles" and there was an emphasis on enriching academic research through Indigenous ways of knowing. The symposium included community knowledge holders, post-secondary students from all levels, and established Indigenous … Continue reading Anishinaabe Inendamowin Research Symposium

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