Aron Gislason

Aron Gislason

MA student


Brian Thom


Space, place, knowledge and power

Ever since European explorers set foot in North America Indigenous Peoples have had to contend with various state militaries. These relationships impacted Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing in virtually every way. From genocide to alliances, these interactions have shaped our world and continue to do so. No single story can describe this process. It is complex, variable, and knowable from different perspectives.

I have served in the Canadian Forces for 27 years and a lot has changed in time. After the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) was convened in 1991 following the Oka crisis Indigenous voices have become more visible throughout Canada and the Canadian Forces. While Indigenous/military relations have world-wide implications (Maori and Chamorro for example),  my research aims to better understand the relationship between the military and the Indigenous population of the West Coast, investigate the current relationship, and find a better path to reconciliation or make one!

My interests in anthropology are wide. From theory to research, biology to social constructions, there are endless opportunities in the discipline to help humanity better understand itself, ameliorate the conditions of life, and mitigate cultural conflict. No small task to be sure.