I am an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Athabasca University.
My research is on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Alberta’s oil sands region. My academic work is inspired from doing applied research as a traditional land use consultant for First Nations in the region since 2006. I continue to be involved in community-based environmental monitoring (berries and wetland plants) projects with Aboriginal communities in Alberta’s oil sands region, which are funded by the Indigenous Knowledge, Community Monitoring and Citizen Science Branch of the Alberta Government. I am also working on new research that celebrates traditional foods and boreal forest identities. My specializations include ethnography of contamination, environmental and ecological anthropology, ethnobiology and ethnoecology, living in the anthropocene, anthropology of food, community-based research methods, political ecology, and ethnographic writing. As a female academic and a mother, I am also interested in feminism in academia and anthropology, and feminist research about landscapes and food procurement.
I grew up and live in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, in the boreal forest in rural Alberta and actively support local agriculture and community-shared organic and sustainable farms. I also love to garden, in spite of the short growing season near the mountains, and respectfully and sustainably forage for wild foods (especially berries) and other useful plants. My mother and her mother are Métis and are active farmers, gardeners, crafters, and canners, and so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I am currently the North Americas Representative for the International Society of Ethnobiology.
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