Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter
Title: ‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Residential Institutions, Education, and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories, 1950s to 1996
My research analyzes educational policies, student experiences, and Indigenous resistance at twentieth-century residential schools and hostels in the Inuvik Region. Though destructive and oppressive institutions, I explore how Indigenous people actively reshaped the system according to their own understandings about what a proper education should entail. Incorporating insights into power, gender, and race offered post-colonial theory, I map out a discussion of Indigenous-state relations in a region that was experiencing rapid, but contested change. I argue that while state policies of assimilation continued in the Northwest Territories into the late twentieth century, northerners intervened in unprecedented ways that allowed them influence over colonial policy and the opportunity to express their Indigeneity and foster systemic change.