Jen Argan

Jen Argan

MA student


Brian Thom


Space, place, knowledge and power

Under the supervision of Dr. Brian Thom, my master’s research focuses on the protection of Indigenous cultural landscapes. Specifically, I am looking at an area of intangible cultural significance to Hul’q’umi’num-speaking people which was protected by Cowichan Tribes in the late 1990s-early 2000s. I am listening to stories of people’s relationships with the land and stories of the protection of Hw’teshutsun to highlight Cowichan self-determination. I consider the utility of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) as a conservation framework that can be used to further recognition of Indigenous jurisdiction, particularly to places and cultural landscapes with intangible significance. 

 Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, I graduated with a BA in anthropology from the University of Alberta, where I took part in a cultural anthropology field school in Belgrade, Serbia. Having lived most of my life in the prairies, I love spending time swimming in the ocean. I am an avid berry picker and eater of yummy baking.