About

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Photo credit: Tenille Campbell/sweetmoonphotography

I am an expert in Indigenous perspectives on freshwater fish conservation in western Canada (specifically, Alberta). I have a BSc in Biological Sciences (Alberta), an MSc in Rural Sociology (Alberta), and a PhD in Social Anthropology (Aberdeen). I have studied the social and legal dimensions of freshwater and anadromous fish conservation and protection in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and also have experience working on arctic food security. My work is deeply shaped by my ongoing obligations as a Métis person to the watersheds my Indigenous ancestors moved through in western Canada. My current projects examine how Indigenous legal orders shape and refract western fish conservation paradigms. I am a co-founder of the Institute for Freshwater Fish Futures (2018), which is an international collective of scientists, artists, writers, landscape architects, architects, environmentalists, journalists, and community leaders dedicated to honouring reciprocal responsibilities to freshwater fish in watersheds locally and globally. I am a member of the Fluid Boundaries team that was shortlisted to represent Canada in the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale. I was a 2018-2019 Yale Presidential Visiting Fellow in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. I am a member of the 2020 Class of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. I am a co-PI, with Dr. Janelle Baker, on a project about bull trout conservation in Bighorn Country in southwestern Alberta titled ‘Plural Perspectives on Bighorn Country: restor(y)ing land use governance and bull trout population health in Alberta”, funded through an inaugural New Frontiers in Research Fund grant.

I have previously worked as a project coordinator of a bicycle nonprofit in Edmonton; as a part-time constituency assistant for former Alberta NDP leader Dr. Raj Pannu; as a Research Assistant in the Gastroenterology and Nutrition lab of Dr. Alan BR Thomson; as the International Week programmer and also communications assistant for the University of Alberta’s International Week through the Global Education Program; and was the Co-Director for the Seminar on the United Nations and International Affairs (SUNIA). I have extensive experience in program planning, fundraising, grant writing, knowledge mobilization, publicity/communications, science communication, social science research, and community organizing. I’m keen to connect with other folks doing work at the crossroads of Indigenous advocacy, environmental protection, science communication, knowledge mobilization, and policy development.

You can peruse more of my work and achievements on this site (navigate to the menu banner and scroll through for more options).