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About Professor Mike Evans

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 collaboration.


Present Adjunct Professor, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University

Curriculum Vitae


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Australia 2480
Telephone: +61 2 6620 3136
Facsimile: +61 2 6626 9128


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