Lydia Toorenburgh

Lydia Toorenburgh

MA student


Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier


Culture, health and inequality
Space, place, knowledge and power
Visual anthropology and materiality

Tansi, my name is Lydia. I am an Otipemisiwak (Cree-Métis person) from my mother's side and a first-generation Dutch immigrant on my father's side. I recently completed my Honours degree in Anthropology at UVic under the supervision of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier with a Minor in Indigenous Studies.

As part of my mission to decolonize and indigenize anthropology that effects Indigenous people, in my Honour's thesis, Nitawâhtâw” Searching for a Métis Approach to Audio-Visual Anthropology: Cultural, Linguistic, and Ethical Considerations, I explored how audio-visual ethnographic methods could be used in Indigenous research, especially how I could employ them in the context of a Métis epistemology.

With the completion of the ground work, I am ready to bring these methods into practice in my graduate work in order to amplify and prioritize the voices of the community. Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier brings a wealth of knowledge in the development and implementation of these anthropological methods while I incorporate Indigenous knowledges and culture. Together, we will be pursuing research concerning health, marginalization, and resilience.