More Ethnography Projects

On becoming a SaltSpring Islander, by Jenifer Christenson

As published in the Driftwood

I arrived on Salt Spring Island to understand what it is to be an outsider. My intention was to examine the in-migration of Albertans and explore how the residents of this community have responded.

Between Worlds: Communication Perspectives of Female Funeral Celebrants in British Columbia

Sandra Ollsin explores the communicative work of funeral celebrants through this interactive visual ethnography presentation. Video, photography, text and music combine to represent the experiences of four funeral celebrants in British Columbia and after exploring the presentation viewers are invited to dialogue with other viewers through the website.

A House Concert With Norma, an audio documentary by Michael Best

Norma MacDonald

An audio documentary RRU student Michael Best completed about a house concert with Canadian singer/songwriter Norma MacDonald, taped live in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. A cultural event like a house concert can create social and economic capital for both host and artist and can have wide ranging effects on community identity in a small village like this one. 

Oil Man and the Sea

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Awareness and voice for BC’s threatened coast through storytelling, art, and new media. Follow Ilja Herb and Arno Kopecky as they explore the region on their 41-foot cutter, documenting this extraordinary ecosystem and its inhabitants on the Oil Man and the Sea site.

Ilja and Arno's work has also been published in the January 2013 issue of Reader's Digest - The $273 Billion Question: Enbridge and the Northern Gateway Controversy.

Defining who is Métis

Defining who is Métis: The Métis registry and politics of state recognition

Tara Gereaux, graduate of Royal Roads University's Master of Arts in Professional Communication, completed her thesis on the topic of the Métis Registry, exploring her own and others' experiences with the registry and what it meant to be Métis.

Aboriginal hand-drumming audio & interview, by MAIIC student, Janice Edgar

In January 2008, the Journal of Aboriginal Health published a scientific article about the healing value of Aboriginal hand-drumming. The article inspired MAIIC student, Janice Edgar to ask members of the drum circle she belonged to how drumming supported them. She interviewed six members, four women and two men, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and coordinated the participation of four members, including herself, for a 30-minute live radio broadcast on Carleton University’s CKCU FM (91.3) Friday Special Blend programme, hosted by Susan Johnston.

Saint Mary's craft co-operative helps Indian women overcome gender barriers and double their earnings

Sasha Caldera explores how a craft co-operative in Ahmedabad, India helps empower women to unlock their entrepreneurial ability and claim dignity for their families. Article published in the Vancouver Observer. Photo credit: Oscar Ugarte.

A Hand to Stand: Kids Carving a Future

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“A Hand To Stand” is a short film and trans-media journey to document and share the story of a group of teenagers crafting their own Stand Up Paddleboards at the Bella Bella Community School within the Heiltsuk First Nation reserve on B.C. ́s coastal Inside Passage. Visual journalist and Royal Roads University alumnus Lindsay Stewart and videographer Matt Miles are documenting the woodworking class as they design and build their own boards.

Indian cotton farmers maneuver between fair trade, Monsanto, and debt in search of better life

One of the most controversial cash crops in the world, cotton is heavily subsidized by developed countries and subsequently dumped onto markets, lowering world prices. Sasha Caldera talks to Indian cotton farmers in a small village near Halvad, Gujarat about the challenges they face and visits with members of a Fair Trade Co-operative based in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Article published in the Vancouver Observer.