Indigenous peoples

The social justice, health and historical circumstances of Indigenous communities is arguably the principal moral, legal and ethical issue in our province and nation, and one to which the University of Victoria has committed in its strategic plan.  Faculty and students in our department study the ongoing colonial processes that have shaped the history and contemporary experience of Indigenous people in Canada and elsewhere. In the process, we engage critically with our discipline's history and practices, and focus particular attention on how production and consumption of material and visual culture shapes Indigenous community's relations with global processes.

Four cultural anthropologists (Stephenson, Thom and Walsh), several archaeologists (Fedje, Mackie, McKechnie, McLaren, A. Stahl and P. Stahl) and biological anthropologist Roth contribute to this theme. This theme is further supported by Michael Asch (Adjunct Professor) who has contributed to the training of graduate students in our department.

Shared interest in these issues across many campus units (Political Science, Geography, Law, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Governance, Indigenous Studies, Public Administration, History, History in Art, and the Faculty of Education) provides more connections across the university for students interested in this theme.

Take a look at the ongoing research page for more information on current research projects related to this theme.

Recent publications

  • 2016 – (Iain McKechnie and Madonna L. Moss) Meta-analysis in Zooarchaeology Expands Perspectives on Indigenous Fisheries of the Northwest Coast of North America. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.04.006.

  • Duncan McLaren, 2011- McLaren, Duncan, Andrew Martindale, Quentin Mackie, and Daryl Fedje, Relict Shorelines and Shell Middens of the Dundas Islands Archipelago.  Canadian Journal of Archaeology 35: 86-116.
  • D. Fedje, Quentin Mackie , N. Smith & D. McLaren, 2009 - Function, Visibility and Interpretation of Archaeological Sites at the Pleistocene-Holocene Boundary in Haida Gwaii. In T. Goebel and I. Buvit, eds., Explaining Lithic Assemblage Variability Across Beringia . College Station : Texas A & M University Press.
  • Iain McKechnie, 2015 – Indigenous Oral History and Settlement Archaeology in the Broken Group Islands, Western Vancouver Island. BC Studies (187):191–225.
  • Angelbeck, Bill and Eric McLay, 2011 - The Battle at Maple Bay: The Dynamics of Coast Salish Political Organization through Oral Histories. Ethnohistory. Volume 58 Number 3:359-392.
  • Ann Stahl, 2014 - Vantage Points in an Archaeology of Colonialism. In Rethinking Colonial Pasts through Archaeology, edited by Neal Ferris, Rodney Harrison and Michael Wilcox, pp. 483-499. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ann Stahl, 2015 The Transactional Dynamics of Surplus in Landscapes of Enslavement: Scalar Perspectives from Interstitial West Africa. In Surplus. The Politics of Production and the Strategies of Everyday Life, edited by Christopher T. Morehart and Kristin De Lucia, pp. 267-306. Boulder: University of Colorado Press. DOI: 10.5876/9781607323808.COII 
  • Peter Stahl, and Deborah M. Pearsall 2012 Late Pre-Columbian Agroforestry in the Tropical Lowlands of Western Ecuador. Quaternary International 249:43-52.
  • Brian Thom, 2009 - The Paradox of Boundaries in Coast Salish Territories. Cultural Geographies 16:179-205. [ full or abstract ]
  • Andrea Walsh, 2009 - Healthy Bodies, Strong Citizens: Okanagan Children's Drawings and the Canadian Red Cross. In Loren Lerner, ed., Depicting Canada 's Children. Waterloo, Ontario. Wilfred Laurier Press.