Academic Experience

Education

  • PhD, Political Science, University of Alberta (2018)

  • MA, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria (2010)

    • Thesis: "Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development and the Changing Nature of our Relationships Within the Ha'hoolthlii of our Ha'wiih"

    • Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Corntassel

  • BA, Political Science, University of Victoria (2008)

Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

"Aboriginal Capitalism: Is Resistance Futile or Fertile?" in Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development 9, 2 (2015): 41-51.

Book chapters

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Canada’s Carbon Economy and Indigenous Ambivalence,” in Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy, edited by William Carroll (forthcoming 2019).

(co-authored with Elaine Coburn) "Not Just Another Social Movement: Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence," in A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony edited by William Carroll and Kanchan Sarker. Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2016.

"Aboriginal Economic Development and Living Nuu-chah-nulth-aht" in More Will Sing Their Way to Freedom edited by Elaine Coburn. Black Point: Fernwood Publishing, 2015.

"Returning to the Land: What Does it Take and Are You Ready?" in For Indigenous Minds Only: A Decolonization Handbook edited by Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird, 201

Book Reviews

Unsettling Canada: A review,” in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 5, 1 (2016): 71-78.

Red skin, white masks: A review,” in Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society  3, 2 (2014): 187-194.

Presentations

2018:

"Economic Resurgence in Indigenous Communities," The Great Transition, Montreal, QC

2017:

"Navigating Capitalism and the Resurgence of Traditional Nuu-chah-nulth Governance," Native American and Indigenous Studies, Vancouver, BC.

"Solidarity and Climate Justice round table with Harsha Walia," Western Political Science Association (Environmental Political Theory Working Group), Vancouver, BC.

"Indigenous Resistance and Resurgence in the Face of Big Carbon," Corporate Mapping Project (Summer Institute), Victoria, BC

2016:

"Decolonizing Philosophy," Canadian Philosophical Association, Calgary, BC.

"A World to Win book launch," Society for Socialist Studies, Calgary, BC.

2015:

"Nuu-chah-nulth Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting, Revitalizing & Innovating," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Washington, DC

2014:

"Research in Indigenous Communities: My Nuu-chah-nulth Experience," Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, Palm Springs, CA.

"Aboriginal Capitalism and Alternatively Living Nuu-chah-nulth-aht," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Austin, TX.

"'Going Back' to the Land and Living Nuu-chah-nulth-aht," Native Organization of Indigenous Scholars, Seattle, WA.

2013:

"Alternative Indigenous Economic Practices," Idea Fest, Victoria, BC.

2010:

"Not Just Beads and Trinkets: The Cultural Implications of Aboriginal Economic Development," UBC 8th Annual Indigenous Graduate Symposium, Vancouver, BC.

"Environment and Jobs" and "Alternative Models, Concrete Practices," Redistribution of Wealth: Economic and Environmental Justice from Indigenous and Faith Perspectives, Vancouver, BC.

2009:

"A Closer Look at the Nation Rebuilding Model" (co-presentation with Jeff Corntassel), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Minneapolis, MN.

"Aboriginal Economic Development and Indigenous Community Resurgence," Canadian Law and Society Association, Ottawa, ON.

"An Indigenous Critique of Aboriginal Economic Development or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About the Global Economic Crisis and Love Being Indigenous," Celebrating Indigenous Scholarship, Victoria, BC.

"An Indigenous Critique of Aboriginal Economic Development," Remaking the Economy in the Peoples' Eyes, Victoria, BC.

"An Indigenous Critique of Aboriginal Economic Development," UBC 7th Annual Indigenous Graduate Symposium, Vancouver, BC.

2008:

"Nuu-chah-nulth Community Resurgence in an Era of Neoliberalism" (co-presentation with Ruth Ogilvie), Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium, Lummi, WA.

service

  • REM Communication and Engagement Committee chair

  • REM Graduate Studies Committee member

  • Supervisor:

    • Maddie Hague, MRM

    • Aidan Whiteley, MRM

    • Tara Lamothe-Ammerlaan, MRM

  • Committee Member:

    • Skye Augustine, PhD student, REM

    • Jonathan Boron, PhD student, REM

    • Spencer Greening, PhD student, Archaeology

  • Raven Trust board member

  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (BC)

    • Research Advisory Committee member

    • Research Associate

  • Exploring Sociology (edited by Bruce Ravelli and Michelle Webber) Indigenous (advisory) Council Member

fellowships, scholarships & awards

2014:

  • Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Yale University

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta

  • Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award, University of Alberta

  • PhD Scholarship, New Relationship Trust

  • Post-Secondary Education Award, Indspire Institute

2013:

  • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta

2012:

  • Finalist for the Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship

  • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta

2011:

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (three-year SSHRC)

  • President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta

2010:

  • Doctoral Scholarship (four-year award), University of Alberta

  • Provost Entrance (two-year) Award, University of Alberta

  • PhD Scholarship, New Relationship Trust

2009:

  • Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Graduate Scholarship

  • BC Government Student Led Research Grant, University of Victoria

  • Indigenous Student Career Transitions Award, University of Victoria

  • Masters Education Scholarship, New Relationship Trust

2008:

  • Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance Fellowship, University of Victoria

  • John Jacobson Memorial Scholarship, Woodward & Company

  • Robert Lorne Stanfield Book Prize, University of Victoria

2007:

  • President's Scholarship, University of Victoria

  • Undergraduate Education Scholarship, New Relationship Trust

  • Wameesh Award, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

in the media

Interview with CBC On the Coast host, Margaret Gallagher, regarding the RCMP raid on a Wet’suwet’en checkpoint opposing an LNG pipeline on their territories. My interview begins at 1:52:23.

Interview with CBC Daybreak North host, Carolina de Ryk, regarding Wet’suwet’en opposition to a natural gas pipeline on their territories and RCMP raid. My interview begins approximately at the 35 minute mark.

Interview with Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer and Charlie O'Connor for 90.3 CKUT in Montréal.

Interview (beginning at 56:00) with Dr. Minelle Mahtani's Sense of Place on Roundhouse Radio (98.3), Vancouver, BC.

Interview with James Wilt for Vice Canada, April 28, 2016.


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