My research experience lies in history and sociology, where I employ different concepts of power to identify and analyze the conditions that gave rise to specific practices related to Aboriginal physical culture in Canada. I focus specifically on the way organized physical activities have been used as tools for colonization and how Aboriginal people have responded to those efforts by taking up those same activities for cultural regeneration and survival.
In terms of how my research impacts the ‘real’ world, I frequently work with governments and non-profit organizations to develop more and better opportunities for Aboriginal people to engage in physical activities. Sometimes this work involves an educational component for decision-makers who are interested in learning how to create more culturally relevant programs with and for Aboriginal people. Other times, it involves policy and program development and analysis. The end result is more informed decision-making and stronger collaborative partnerships in the sport, physical activity, physical education, and health sectors throughout Canada.
My research findings can be found in scholarly publications, professional reports, and worldwide media, many of which are available publicly on the internet. This webpage features my current research projects, selected publications, and a small but relevant sample of knowledge translation activities.