My main current research project is a collaboration with Innu elder and environmental activist, Elizabeth Penashue funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). We have just sent the manuscript of Elizabeth's book, Nitinikiau Nitassinan, to the publisher, University of Manitoba Press. Elizabeth Penashue became an environmental and cultural activist in the 1980s and 90s during the NATO occupation of Innu land. Later, she led walks and canoe trips in nutshimit to teach people about Innu culture and knowlege of life on the land. She began keeping a diary in Innu-aimun in the 1980s and has been writing ever since. This book is an edited translation of her diary, illustrated with numerous beautiful photos. It is a first hand account of Innu history by an Innu woman who was an inspiring leader through perhaps the most tumultuous and challenging times her people had ever known. I am still working on a second book about the editing and translation work we did together, "It Has To Mean Exactly What I Said": Translating Indigenous Writing.
I have also recently completed a documentary film, Honk If You Want Me Off The Road, with my colleague, Sharon Roseman (Anthropology). The film follows people trying to get around St. John's in winter with the challenges of the highest snowfall levels in Canada and very limited sidewalk snow removal. Following the making of the film and the activism it documents, the City has begun improving sidewalk snow clearing and made active transportation a goal of its strategic plan. Read an article about the research here and listen to an earlier interview here. This project was funded by the Faculty of Education’s Research and Development funds with in-kind support from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Digital Media Research Centre. I am also interested in research and teaching about language, culture, translation, and curriculum; narrative approaches to teaching, learning and research; cultural studies; autoethnography and postcolonial theory. The projects I'm involved in and supervise usually involve creative non-fiction writing, photography or video and audio production as well as more traditional qualitative approaches to research and scholarly work.