More Ethnography Projects

Close Up

"Where would you like to see change in your community?"

Colleen Hildebrandt asked individuals in the post-conflict region of northern Uganda this deceptively simple question. She also gave them digital cameras to enable them to answer the question in photos, and Close Up is the story of their answer. The knowledge they shared was then shared with Caritas Gulu Archdiocese, the NGO she was working under, to enable it to adapt and enhance the effectiveness of potential projects and internships in the future.

West Coast Waters, a film by RRU student Jen Ricketts-Glassel

West Coast Waters.

A film by Royal Roads University student Jen Ricketts-Glassel in the Professional Communication Bachelor degree, 2014. 

Her family, her land, her home. A new take on fishing the west coast waters of Canada.

I Bike Therefore I Am, by Celina O'Connor

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A film sharing stories of transportation by bicycles - the risks, the labours of love, and passing knowledge down through generations. The story of how they got there is a mix of transportation policy, location and community.

By RRU student Celina O'Connor, a Pedal Powered Production.

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.