Tommy Happynook Jr.

Tommy Happynook Jr.

PhD candidate


Andrea N. Walsh


Culture, health and inequality
Space, place, knowledge and power

My name is hii ni nah sim. My English name is Tommy Happynook Jr. I am Nuu-chah-nulth from the Huu-ay-aht Nations and I come from the House of Caa-caa-tsii-us. I also have Irish and Scottish ancestry through my mother and through my wife and son; I now have ties to Peavine Metis Settlement and Sucker Creek First Nation in Northern Alberta. I want to acknowledge this land and the L’kwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose traditional territory I am privileged to live, study and work on.

I am in the Doctoral program and I am very excited to be working again with Dr. Andrea Walsh as my supervisor. My research interests include: the parallels between the colonization of land and people (specifically my family and territory); reclaiming & reacquiring cultural knowledge; reconciliation through connection to land; Huu-ay-aht whaling practices as ways of being, invoking tradition, and connecting to land; land based learning & teaching; spirituality and connection to land; revitalization of self through connection to place; and the reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories within the context and history of colonization.

Photo credit: Amanda Laliberte Photography