Professor Mike Evans BA(Victoria), MA(McMaster), PhD(McMaster) 

Professor and Head, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University. 

Mike Evans taught at the University of Northern BC, the University of Alberta, and then
joined Okanagan University College, later UBC Okanagan (2005). He was appointed Professor
and Head of School of SASS in 2011. 

Dr Evans has been involved in several community based research initiatives, and in
particular has a long-term relationship with the Prince George Métis Elders Society. He
has also worked extensively with colleagues at the Métis Nation of British Columbia on a
number of research projects dealing with historic and contemporary Métis communities in
BC, some of which are discussed in this volume. Together with Elders and community
leaders in Prince George he put together a Métis Studies curriculum for UNBC and a number
of publications including What it is to be a Métis (Evans et al 1999, 2007), A Brief
History, of the Short Life, of the Island Cache (Evans et al 2004). He has also worked on
a number of participatory video projects with collaborators from the Métis community and
videographer and new media artist Stephen Foster. He is also involved in a number of
active research projects concerned with Cultural Safety and Aboriginal health, especially
in the Urban Aboriginal and Métis communities in Canada. In addition he has worked with
people in Tonga on the impact of globalization and transnationalism has also resulted in
numerous papers and presentations such as the monograph Persistence of the Gift: Tonga
Tradition in Transnational Context (2001), and a co-edited special issue of Pacific
Studies titled Sustainability in the Small Island States of the Pacific (1999) and a
co-edited volume of Human Organization titled Customs, Commons, Property, and Ecology:
Case Studies from Oceania. In addition he has worked with a team of Tongan and Canadian
researchers on the health impacts of globalization in Tonga; a number of publications
that demonstrate the negative consequences of the trade in health compromising foods
(e.g. www.who.int/docstore/bulletin/pdf/2001/issue9/bu1327.pdf) have come from this
collaboration. 

Journal articles

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Post-organic? the cultural dimensions of organic farming in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales (with Hazel Ferguson), Locale (2013)

Organic food is enjoying increased mainstream acceptance, and the market growth that comes with that,...

 

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Aboriginal organizational response to the need for culturally appropriate services in three small Canadian cities (with Dixon Sookraj, Peter Hutchinson, and Mary Ann Murphy), Journal of Social Work (2012)

Summary: This component of a larger participatory qualitative case study investigated how urban...

 

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Funding and ethics in Métis community based research: the complications of a contemporary context (with Chris Andersen, Devin Dietrich, Carrie Bourrassa, Tricia Logan, Lawrence D. Berg, and Elizabeth Devolder), International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies (2012)

Recent ethical guidelines developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research along with the Tri-Council...

 

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A case of genocide: the political and cartographic erasure of the Island Cache (British Columbia) (with Stephen Foster), Shima: the International Journal of Research into Island Cultures (2010)

In this photo and text essay we chronicle the disappearance of an Island community of...

 

Books

Mihkwâkamiwi sîpîsis: stories and pictures from Metis Elders in Fort McKay (with Craig Campbell, Alice Boucher, Emma Faichney, Howard LaCorde, and Zachary Powder), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2005)
 

A brief history of the short life of the Island Cache (with Lisa Krebs), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2004)

The confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers is a complicated place. Prince George, a...

 

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Persistence of the gift: Tongan tradition in transnational context, School of Arts and Social Sciences (2001)
 

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What it is to be a Métis: the stories and recollections of the elders of the Prince George Métis Elders Society (with Marcelle Gareau, Leona Nielson, Lisa Krebs, and Heidi Standeven), School of Arts and Social Sciences (1999)
 

Book chapters

Metis networks in British Columbia: examples from the central interior (with Jean Barman, Gabrielle Legault, Erin Dolmage, and Geoff Appleby), Contours of a people : Metis family, mobility, and history (2012)
 

New media, participatory methodologies, and the popularization of Mètis history (with Jon Corbett), Popularizing research: engaging new genres, media, and audiences (2012)
 

Prince George Métis Elders' documentary project: matching product with process in new forms of documentary (with Stephen Foster and Prince George Métis Elders Society), Reverse shots: Indigenous film and media in an international context (2012)
 

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Attitudinal divergence and the Tongan transnational system (with Paul Harms and Colin Reid), Migration and transnationalism: Pacific perspectives (2009)
 

Understanding differences and similarities (with Heather Young Leslie), Ethnographic essays in cultural anthropology: a problem-based approach (2001)
 

Book reviews

Reports

Barriers to health and social service delivery for urban Aboriginal People in the Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Health Research Collective Report, March 2009 (2009)
 

Report on the Statistical Description and Analysis of the 2006 Metis nation of British Columbia Provincial Survey (with Peter Hutchinson and Colin Reid), Metis Provincial Council of British Columbia (2007)
 

Conference publications

Access learning: facilitating international experience as a means to enhance language culture awareness (with Garcia G. Perez and Macola C. Rojo), International Association for Technology, Education and Development (INTED) 2011 Conference (2011)
 

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Autochthony/Localization/Aboriginality and island peoples in world system, 3rd International Small Island Cultures Conference, Sydney, June 29 - July 2 (2007)
 

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Whale-watching and the compromise of Tongan interests through tourism, 1st International Small Island Cultures Conference, Kagoshima, Japan (2005)
 

Creative works

The Prince George Metis Elders documentary project (with Stephen GS Foster and Andrew Connors), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2010)
 

The Prince George Metis Elders documentary project installation (with Stephen GH Foster, Craig Campbell, Anabelle Rodriguez, and Fiona McDonald), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2009)
 

BC Metis research agenda: history and culture DVD (with R Mann and J Gervais), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2009)
 

The Metis of BC: music and dance (with Stephen Foster, R Mann, J Gervais, and C Swanzey), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2009)