I am of mixed Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) and Irish/English/Dutch ancestry. I’m a member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and was born and raised in Winnipeg. I currently hold the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg.
I earned my BA and Master of Arts in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2003 and 2007 and defended my PhD dissertation “The White Man’s Camera: The National Film Board of Canada and Representations of Indigenous Peoples in Post-War Canada” in August of 2021.
My research interests include 20th century / contemporary urban Indigenous identity and culture, and my dissertation focussed on imagery and representations in the documentary record of the National Film Board in the mid-twentieth century. Other research interests include local Winnipeg history and the Indigenous history of the region, Indigenous horticultural histories, Indigenous clothing histories, urban Indigenous histories such as migration to urban areas, labour, and education, Settler-Indigenous relations, and Settler paganism and appropriation.