My work combines history and sociology to explore the relationship between sport and culture from Indigenous points of view. I focus on the way organized sports have been used as tools for colonization, and how Indigenous people have taken up those same activities for cultural regeneration and survival. My work has informed policy and program development across sectors, including youth and community development, justice, education, citizenship, and health, in addition to sport and physical activity.
I often work with governments and non-profit organizations to develop more and better opportunities for Indigenous people to engage in sport and physical activity. Sometimes this work involves an educational component for decision-makers who are interested in learning how to create more culturally relevant programs with and for Indigenous people. Other times, it involves policy and program development and analysis, or research to address an issue of concern. The end result is more informed decision-making and stronger collaborative partnerships with Indigenous people, communities, and organizations.
I am a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation.
Awarded in 2012 by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation. The goal is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.
Appointed in 2019 for two-year renewable term (renewed in 2021). NEST is the Network for Economic and Social Trends. It is housed in the Faculty of Social Science at Western University.
Elected in 2019 for seven years. The College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.