Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Washington, 2015, PhD
University of Victoria, MA
Queen’s University, BA

 

I am a member of the Cree nation (Constance Lake First Nation) and joined UBC in October 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. My work emerges from over 10 years of experience as a community-based researcher and educator with Indigenous communities in Canada and the U.S. I am interested in bringing Geography into critical dialogue with Indigenous ontologies on colonial dispossession (particularly through capitalist resource exploitation) as well as Indigenous movements for self-determination, decolonization and resurgence. Specifically, I am interested in how Indigenous peoples embody self-determination through a balance of anti-colonial resistance and a resurgent politics.

My current SSHRC-funded research examines how Indigenous foodways, including food trading networks (gifting economies), challenge colonial territorial boundaries while cultivating a multi-scalar decolonial politics that rebuilds Indigenous governance structures and political economies.

I am honored to be a visitor on Musqueam territories and to join the Geography and Indigenous community at UBC.

 

Research Interests

Indigenous geographies of resistance and self-determination; geographies of capitalist resource exploitation; critical food studies; food sovereignty; political ecology; cultural and political geographies of relational place-making; feminist geographies; decolonization; decolonial love; decolonial theory; qualitative and Indigenous research methodologies