Welcome to my professional website. Please note that I will be retiring at the end of this academic year and am no longer accepting new graduate students. However, I will be continuing as an honorary research professor and look forward to maintaining my connection to Memorial.
My research interests are in Indigenous education; land based pedagogies; public education, especially in relation to climate change and active transportation; creative research methods including film and audio documentary, walking as research, translation as research, collaborative writing and autoethnography (especially in Indigenous/settler contexts).
I recently finished a research collaboration with Innu elder and environmental activist, Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue funded by NL Intangible Heritage, ArtsNL, the Smallwood Foundation, MUN's Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). I am delighted to announce that Nitinikiau Innusi is now available from the publisher, University of Manitoba Press. It can be ordered online at this link. The book is an edited translation of Tshaukuesh's 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 now working on a second book about the writing, editing and translation work we did together, Translating Words and Worlds.
I am also looking forward to working on a follow up to Honk If You Want Me Off The Road, a documentary film that I co-directed 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 so a follow up will be key to assessing progress. 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.