My research and teaching can be characterized by a commitment to community engagement. I employ oral history methodologies to consider how various communities historicize past events, how different understandings of the past compare to one another and change over time, and what these understandings suggest for how people identify themselves. I have been working with the Metis community of Ile-a-la-Crosse in Northwestern Saskatchewan since 2006 and have been working with the nearby English River First Nation Since 2012. My dissertation, Nations Transformed?: Continuity and Change in Indigenous Histories of Catholicism in Northwestern Saskatchewan explores the intersections of religious and political expression during the twentieth century in Ile-a-la-Crosse and English River. I have taught several community engaged courses at the undergraduate level that introduce students to oral history and public history. These courses have resulted in partnerships with the Saskatoon Open Door Society, the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, and the City of Saskatoon. I was recently a co-coordinator for the Moving Stories YXE Project that brought together Indigenous, Refugee, Newcomer, and Settler youth to share their stories of Saskatoon. I am currently involved in a second phase of this project that is working to explore best practices for community storytelling work, and bring together individuals and organizations in Saskatoon who use storytelling to promote social change.
I am happy to be working with the Community Engagement Office at Station 20 West to develop a guidebook for those interested in beginning community engaged research.