B.A. Hons. (Archaeology), Memorial University, 2022
Monuments, Memory, Public conversations, Memorialization, Racism, Commemoration
My proposed MA thesis will examine the politics of monuments, commemoration, and memory across Canada, focusing on Newfoundland and Labrador. I am interested in understanding the history of colonial/racist monuments and memorials in Canada, the public perception of monuments and commemoration, and why these monuments still exist today. My research will examine the dynamics and structures that keep oppressive monuments in place and how by keeping these monuments, systemic racism occurs and is normalized in everyday society. My research will also examine the role of Government and public accountability, in light of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation movement. My work will contribute to an understanding of how Newfoundlanders perceive how people are commemorated in this province.