More Ethnography Projects

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.

When will I be a veteran?

On her retirement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Margaret Shorter grappled with what it meant to become a "veteran" through a reflexive ethnographic interview with Jane Hall, a fellow female veteran of the RCMP and author of The Red Wall:  A Woman in the RCMP.

Our Friendly Vancouver?

Friendly Vancouver
Frances Clarke and Tara Hansen, Royal Roads University students in the Intercultural and International Communications MA program, are on a quest to remake Vancouver's cold reputation. Gathering stories about friendliness in Vancouver, they are using them to counteract what they say are unfair stereotypes of the city in order to shfit the way citizens engage with one another. Clarke and Hansen have been setting up a booth at Nelson Park, in Vancouver's West End, to ask passers-by to share their stories of kindness or friendliness.

The forgotten workers of Little Rann

Commerce has played a central role in shaping Gujarati history since 3000 B.C.  And, amidst the shrubbery and arid climate, the salt plains of Little Rann (another word for small desert) are home to perhaps one of the most marginalized groups in the region. Sasha Caldera takes a close-up look at the young men who work in appalling conditions to supply India with salt in this article published in the Vancouver Observer.