Trained as a social historian of sport and leisure, since moving north my research interests have expanded in response to community collaborations and priorities to include histories of land relations, residential schooling, and industrial development.

My research on summer camps, canoeing, and schooling has appeared in Labour / Le TravailHistoire Sociale/Social History, Historical Studies in Education, and a variety of edited collectionsMy first book, Canoe and Canvas, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2019.

I also write about culture, sport, recreation, and the environment for publications like Up Here Magazine, Edge YK, and Barista Magazine, and websites like NiCHE, Active History, and Spacing.

I am currently at work on my first novel, Trail’s End.


“Edna-Star,” emerge 21 (Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Press, 2021).


Co-author with Walter Bezha and Deborah Simmons. “Dechı̨ta Nezǫ Gots’udı́ – Living Well on the Land.” Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ (under review).

Co-author with Crystal Gail Fraser. “This Year Book…has been entirely produced by staff and students”: Indigenous Youth, Indian Schooling, and Historical Production in the Northwest Territories, 1959–71.” Historical Studies in Education (forthcoming June 2023).

Co-author with John B. Zoe. “Dè Goı̨zı̀ (Place Names).” In Being Indigenous ArchaeologistsReckoning New Paths Between Past and Present Lives. Eds. George Nicholas and Joe Watkins. Routledge, forthcoming 2023.

“A New Initiative on MakeWay’s Shared Platform is Connecting and Supporting Guardians Across the North.” Post for 1 June 2023.

Co-author with Jean Polfus and Tee Lim. “In Memoriam: Deborah Simmons.” Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ 1, no. 1 (2022): 162-4.

Co-author with John B. Zoe. “Indigenous Land and Rights.” In Lines in the Snow: Thoughts on the Past and Future of Northern Canadian Policy Issues. Eds. Clive Desire-Tesar and Whitney Lackenbauer, 11-21. Ottawa: Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 2021.

The Abundance of the Land.” Post for 25 May 2021.

Co-author with John B. Zoe. “Whaèhdǫǫ̀ Etǫ K’è.” In The Politics of the Canoe. Eds. Bruce Erickson and Sarah Wylie Krotz. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2021.

Co-author with John B. Zoe. “T’akwe Nàdè: The HBC in Tłı̨chǫ Nèk’e.” Post for 18 November 2020.

Review of The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood by Allan Downey. Ontario History 111, no. 2 (Fall 2019): 221-4.

Canoe and Canvas: Life at the Encampments of the American Canoe Association, 1880-1910 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019).

Racing Down the Big River.” Post for June 2019.

Hot Stuff” and “A Dene Perspective on Climate Change.” Edge YK (May/June 2019): 18-21.

“The Canoe.” In Symbols of Canada. Eds. Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney, and Donald Wright, 18-29. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2018. Portions of this chapter also appear in: “Cultural Manoeuvres: Symbols of Canada.Canada’s History (April-May 2019).

Kitchen Ditchens.Edge YK (September/October 2018): 22-24.

The Last Straw?Barista Magazine (August-September 2018): 106-109.

Field Report: Yellowknife.Barista Magazine (June-July 2018): 40-45.

Review of Nature, Place, and Story: Rethinking Historic Sites in Canada by Claire Elizabeth Campbell. Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 2 (June 2018): 292-295.

The Best Spring Skiing in the World.Up Here Magazine. March 2018.

Two Weeks of Pink: An Adventure in Eating Discounted Food.Edge North. April/May 2017.

4 Key Lessons in Risk Management Planning.The Leader. Spring 2017.

Learning About Land-Based Programming in the NWT.” Post for 4 October 2016.

Producing and Consuming Spaces of Sport and Leisure: The Encampments and Regattas of the American Canoe Association, 1880-1914.” In Moving Natures: Environments and Mobility in Canadian History. Eds. Colin Coates, Jay Young, Ben Bradley, 229-250. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2016.

Tanning Hides on the Shores of Lac La Martre.” Post for June 2016.

Will you be sick during the time of the trip?” Post for 20 April 2016.

Review of Active Bodies: A History of Women’s Physical Education in Twentieth-Century America by Martha Verbrugge. Alberta Journal of Educational Research 61, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 243-246.

Next Stop YZF.” A five-post series for 20-29 July 2015.

The Home Archivist.” A six-post series for 24 September 2014-22 April 2015.

A Response to John Kaandorp’s ‘Wilderness Erotica.’Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education 27, no. 1 (Fall 2014).

Review of Cities and Sexualities by Phil Hubbard. Canadian Geographer 58, no. 3 (Autumn 2014): e51-e52.

Old Ottawa at Play: The Ottawa Curling Club.” Post for 16 October 2014.

The Labours of Leisure: Work and Workers at the Annual Encampments of the American Canoe Association, 1880-1910.” Labour/Le Travail 73 (Spring 2014): 127-150.

Lead author with Bryan Grimwood. “Mobile Habitations in Canoe-scapes.” In Lifestyle Mobilities and Corporealities, edited by Tara Duncan, Scott Cohen, Maria Thulemark, 159-175. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.

Review of Winnipeg Beach: Leisure and Courtship in a Resort Town, 1900–1967 by Dale Barbour. Labour / Le Travail 72, no. 1 (2013): 351-353.

Manufacturing Landscapes: Place and Community at Glen Bernard Camp, 1924-1933.” Histoire Sociale/Social History 45, no. 89 (May 2012): 79-113.

Canoe Paddle.” In Translocal Ecologies Workship Compendium, edited by Laura Cameron and Kirsten Greer. Network in Canadian History and Environment, 2012.

A Transnational History of the American Canoe Association.” Post for 6 November 2011.

Producing and Consuming Spaces of Sport and Leisure: The Encampments and Regattas of the American Canoe Association, 1880-1914.” Post for 15 March 2011.

Guest Editor with Bryan Grimwood. “Special Issue on Canoeing and Outdoor Education.” Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education 22, no. 4 (Summer 2010).

“Arctic Games,” “Camping and Hiking,” and “Canoeing and Kayaking.” In The Encyclopedia of Play. London: SAGE Publications, 2009. 2100 words.

A Forest for the Trees: Deforestation and Conservation Efforts in Northumberland County, 1870-1925.International Journal of Regional and Local Studies 4, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 47-70.

‘To rough it in the outdoors…would not have been becoming to a young lady’: Gender Ideology and Private Girls’ Camps in Ontario, 1920-1960.” Journal of Undergraduate Studies at Trent 1 (Spring 2007): 7-13.