My research experience lies in history and sociology, where I employ different concepts of power to identify and analyze the conditions that gave rise to specific practices related to Indigenous physical culture in Canada. I focus specifically on the way organized physical activities have been used as tools for colonization and how Indigenous people have responded to those efforts by taking up those same activities for cultural regeneration and survival.
I frequently work with governments and non-profit organizations to develop more and better opportunities for Indigenous people to engage in physical activities. 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. The end result is more informed decision-making and stronger collaborative partnerships in the sport, physical activity, physical health and education sectors throughout Canada.
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. 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.