I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I studied Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and in June 2016 I successfully defended my thesis on human-fish relations in northern Canada . I research human-animal and human-environmental relations, Indigenous legal orders and (de)colonial praxis in Canada. My recent work focuses on fish and Indigenous legal orders.
I am also interested in the articulation of Indigenous people’s history and rights in relation to municipal development in Canada — specifically how Indigeneity is expressed through architecture, art, urban planning and story-telling.
I hold a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta (2006) and a Master’s in Rural Sociology from the University of Alberta (2010). I was a 2011 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (2011-2015). I am a member of the Editorial Boards for North American Dialogue and Society and Space, and I have been published in a variety of academic and popular venues in Canada, the USA and the UK. In 2015, I worked with Erica Violet Lee and Joseph Murdoch-Flowers to coordinate the #ReadTheTRCReport project.
I am fortunate to be one of the fierce and passionate women my grandmothers fought to create a loving and accountable world for. My first and foremost job is to continue their work with the tools I have available to me.