Indigenous research

World-renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner works with First Nations communities—especially those on BC’s central coast—to document and promote their traditional knowledge of plants, including foods and medicines.

Law professor John Borrows studies Indigenous legal traditions, and how they can help resolve disputes within communities and more broadly on issues such as resource development, education and child welfare.

Working closely with Indigenous communities, anthropologist Andrea Walsh (not pictured) studies art done by children in residential schools to help us understand this tragic era in Canadian history through the children themselves.

Historian John Lutz weaves traditional research with community-based fieldwork and popular interactive websites to shed new light on settler-Aboriginal relations in the Pacific Northwest.

Linguist Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins is compiling a dictionary and online database of Nxa'amxcin, one of 23 Salish languages spoken by Indigenous communities in coastal BC and Washington State.

Art historian Carolyn Butler-Palmer, who studies modern and contemporary arts in the Pacific Northwest, worked with Tahltan artist Peter Morin to make the biggest button blanket in the world.

Toward a better future

Building on years of strong and respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations, UVic researchers are involved in a wide range of projects to understand, preserve and celebrate the traditions of Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world.

Many of our researchers have a special interest in the Indigenous cultures of British Columbia. Their expertise includes language revitalization, ethnobotany and traditional ecological knowledge, archaeology of the Northwest coast, education, the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, and Indigenous culture in art and film.

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