Selected Publications


Forsyth, J. & Giles, A. (Eds.) (2013). Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press. *Winner of the 2014 North American Society for Sport History Book Award, Best Anthology. List of winners.

Journal Articles

 Wilk, P., Maltby, A., Cooke, M., & Forsyth, J. (2018). Correlates of participation in sports and physical activities among Indigenous youth. Aboriginal Policy Studies, 7(1), 62-83. Online article.

Forsyth, J. & Heine, M. (2017). ’The only good thing that happened at school’: Colonizing narratives of sport in the Indian School Bulletin. British Journal of Canadian Studies, 30(2), 205-225. 

Tehiwi, B. & Forsyth, J. (2017). ‘A rink at this school is almost as essential as a classroom’: Hockey and discipline at Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, 1945-1951. Canadian Journal of History, 52(1), 80-108.

Forsyth, J., Giles, A. & Lodge, V. (2016,). Negotiating difference: How Aboriginal athletes in the Maritimes broker their involvement in Canadian sport. International Journal of Sport History, 33(16). Online article.

Forsyth, J. (2016). The illusion of inclusion: Agenda 21 and the commodification of Indigenous culture in Olympic Games. PUBLIC: Arts | Culture | Ideas, 53, 22-34. Original online podcast.

Habkirk, E. & Forsyth, J. (2016). Truth, reconciliation, and the politics of the body in Indian residential school history. History Matters. Online article.

Forsyth, J. (2015).  Make the Indian understand his place: Politics and the establishment of the Tom Longboat Awards at Indian Affairs and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada. Sport in History, 35(2), 241-270. Recipient of the Editor’s Prize for Best Paper for 2015. External link.

Forsyth, J. & Archer, J. (2014). Fred Simpson is no Tom Longboat: Public memory and the construction of historical knowledge. Sport History Review, 45(1), 37-58.

Forsyth, J. (2014). Aboriginal sport in the city: Implications for participation, health, and policy in Canada. Aboriginal Policy Studies, 3(1&2), 214-222. Online article.

Paraschak, V. & Forsyth, J. (2010). Aboriginal women ‘working’ at play: Canadian insights. Ethnologies, 32(1), 157-173.

Forsyth, J. & Heine, M. (2008). Sites of meaning, meaningful sites? Sport and recreation for Aboriginal youth in inner city Winnipeg, Manitoba. Native Studies Review, 17(2), 99-113. Online article.

Forsyth, J. & Heine, M. (2008). ‘A higher degree of social organization’: Jan Eisenhardt and Canadian Aboriginal sport policy in the 1950s. Journal of Sport History, 35(2), 261-277. Online article.

Giles, A. & Forsyth, J. (2007). On common ground: Power, knowledge, and practice in the study of Aboriginal sport and recreation. Journal of Sports and Leisure, 1(1), 1-20.

Forsyth, J. (2007). To my sisters in the field. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 5(1), 155-168. Online article.

Forsyth, J. (2007). The Indian Act and the (re)shaping of Canadian Aboriginal sport practices. International Journal of Canadian Studies, 35, 95-111. Online article.

Forsyth, J. & Wamsley, K. (2006). ‘Native to Native we’ll recapture our spirits’: The World Indigenous Nations Games and the North American Indigenous Games as cultural resistance. International Journal of the  History of Sport, 23(2), 294-314.  Online article.

Forsyth, J. (2005). After the fur trade: First Nations women in Canadian history, 1850-1950. Atlantis, 29(2), 69-78. Online article.

Book Chapters

Forsyth, J. & Paraschak, V. (2013). The double helix: Aboriginal people and sport policy in Canada. In L. Thibault & J. Harvey (Eds.), Sport Policy in Canada (pp. 267-293). Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press. Online book.

Forsyth, J., Giles, A., & Lodge-Gagne, V. (2013). Pride and prejudice: How Aboriginal women have experienced Canadian sport. In G. Demers, L. Greaves, S. Kirby & M. Lay (Eds.), Playing it Forward: 50 Years of Women and Sport in Canada (pp. 210-218). Toronto, ON: Feminist History Society. 

Forsyth, J. (2013). Bodies of meaning: Sports and games at Canadian residential schools. In J. Forsyth & A. Giles (Eds.), Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues (pp. 15-34). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Paraschak, V. & Forsyth, J. (2011). Invisible but not absent: Aboriginal women, knowledge production and the restructuring of Canadian sport. In D. Adair (Ed.), Sport, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity: Narratives of Diversity and Difference (pp. 219-234). Morgantown, WV: University of West Virginia Press.

Forsyth, J. & Heine, M. (2010). Indigenous research and decolonizing methodologies. In T. Ryba, R. Schinke & G. Tenenbaum (Eds.), The Cultural Turn in Sport and Exercise Psychology (pp. 181-202). Morgantown, WV: University of West Virginia Press.

Forsyth, J. (2007). Aboriginal leisure in Canada. In R. McCarville & K. MacKay (Eds.), Leisure for Canadians (pp. 163-170). State College, PA: Venture Publishing Inc.

Forsyth, J. & Wamsley, K. (2005). Symbols without substance: Aboriginal peoples and the illusion of Olympic ceremonies. In K. Young & K. Wamsley (Eds.), Global Olympics: Historical Foundations and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (pp. 227-247). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Press.