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

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. have come from this

Journal articles


Ensuring food security in the small islands of Maluku: a community genebank approach (with Semuel Leunufna), Journal of Marine and Island Cultures (2014)

As a province composed of hundreds of small islands, Maluku is highly susceptible to decreasing...



Maintaining the integrity of Indigenous knowledge: sharing Metis knowing through mixed methods (with Peter Hutchinson, Carlene Dingwall, Donna Kurtz, Gareth Jones, and Jon Corbett), International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies (2014)

Working collaboratively with Indigenous populations necessitates a focus on partnerships at the core of sharing,...



Relocating a sense of place using the participatory Geoweb: the historical document database of the Métis nation of British Columbia (with Jon M. Corbett, Gabrielle Legault, and Zachary Romano), International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (2014)

The interactive capability and ease of use of Geoweb technologies suggest great potential for Aboriginal...



They think you're lying about your need: the impact of appearance on Aboriginal health and social service access (with Kasondra White and Lawrence Berg), The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (2014)


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,...



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...



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

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

De-colonizing research practice: indigenous methodologies, Aboriginal methods, and knowledge/knowing (with Adrian Miller, Peter Hutchinson, and Carlene Dingwall), The Oxford handbook of qualitative research (2014)

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)


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


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)


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)


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


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

Creative works

Metis of British Columbia: culture, tradition and the contemporary community, website, School of Arts and Social Sciences (2011)

Interactive website


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

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

The Metis of British Columbia: culture, tradition and the contemporary community, video recording (with J Corbett, S Foster, J Gervais, R Mann, P Hutchinson, Z Romano, and C Swanzey), Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Jusice: Kelowna (2009)

The Prince George Metis Elders documentary project, installation (interactive video) (New Media Exhibition) (with Stephen GS Foster and Cheryl L'hirondelle), New Media Exhibition, ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada, October (2009)