I am a settler living in the beautiful northern city of Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife, NT). This is Chief Drygeese Territory (Treaty 8), home to the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.
I am employed as the Director of On the Land Programs at the NWT Recreation and Parks Association, a non-profit organization that works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy families and communities through. In my role, I support organizations and communities delivering land-based programs.
I was granted a PhD in History from Carleton University in 2012. During graduate school, I conducted research on different forms of outdoor recreation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; my Master’s considered girls summer camps in the 1920s and 1930s, while my doctoral dissertation examined settler canoe culture at the end of the long nineteenth century. As a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, I studied physical activity programming for working-class women in the decades around the turn of the twentieth century. My first book, a monograph about the social and spatial politics of canoeing in late-nineteenth-century North America, is in press with UTP.
In my capacity as the Director of On the Land Programs at the NWTRPA and as an independent scholar, I maintain an active research agenda. At present, I am at work on a book chapter with Dr. John B. Zoe on Wha Dǫ Ehtǫ K’è (Trails of Our Ancestors) for a collection on the politics of canoeing and a journal article on anti-colonial approaches to risk management for land-based programming with Walter Bezha and other members of Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board). I am also part of a collective of researchers and practitioners developing a culturally appropriate evaluation approach and related methodologies for Indigenous-led land-based programming. Lastly, I am part of a team researching and developing a travelling exhibit on recreation at northern residential schools and hostels. In 2018, I was appointed a Research Associate at Aurora College.
Beyond academic journals and presses, my writing has appeared in Up Here Magazine, Edge YK, and Barista Magazine, and on the NiCHE Otter Blog,.
I occasionally take on research and writing contracts. Please contact me if you have a project that could benefit from my knowledge or skills.