I am a settler living in the beautiful northern city of Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife, NT). This is Akaitcho Territory (Treaty 8), the homeland of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.
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, was published with the University of Toronto Press (UTP) in 2019.
Since 2015, I have worked 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 recreation. I recently transitioned from working as the Director of On the Land Programs to becoming the Director of Research and Innovation.
In my work 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 culturally appropriate evaluation methodologies and tools for Indigenous-led land-based programming in the North. Lastly, I am a member of a team researching and developing a travelling exhibit on recreation at northern residential schools, hostels, and day schools.
In 2018, I was appointed as a Research Associate at Aurora College. In 2019, I was appointed an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta.
Beyond academic journals and presses, my writing on recreation, culture, and the environment has appeared in Up Here Magazine, Edge YK, and Barista Magazine, and on the NiCHE Otter Blog, .
I also provide research and communications support to a number of different non-profit organizations. Please contact me if you have a project that could benefit from my knowledge or skills.