My research interests deal with Indigenous peoples and colonialism on the Northwest Coast in the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. I have particular interests in women's history, oral history, social movements, environmental justice, and the political implications of cultural representation.
I am a senior fellow in the Successful Societies research group, funded by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. This group is engaged in a long-term, interdisciplinary study of inequality, its causes and implications.
I recently completed a collaborative book manuscript, co-written with a Sliammon Elder and her grand-daughter. The book is a first-person, "told-to" narrative of Sliammon teachings and her own life experiences. I am now engaged with the next phrase of this SSHRC-funded project which, in partnership with a Mellon Foundation-funded UBC Press project, entails the development of a digital, multi-media companion book intended for use as curriculum in elementary and high schools.
I am simultaneously working on a study of two late-twentieth-century relocations of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation on Vancouver Island. This work considers the impact of these moves on the physical and social health of the community, and provides a window onto the twentieth-century transformations that have characterized many Indigenous peoples along the coast and throughout British Columbia. An essay based on this research appeared in the April 2018 issue of Comparative Studies in Society and History.
Recently, I also wrote this piece in The Tyee about the ways in which colonial assumptions about European superiority and normativity still lurk in our textbooks, our everyday speech, and beyond.
In this innovative history, Paige Raibmon examines the political ramifications of ideas about "real Indians." Focusing on the Northwest Coast in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth, she describes how government officials, missionaries, anthropologists, reformers, settlers, and tourists developed definitions of Indian authenticity based on such binaries as Indian versus White, traditional versus modern, and uncivilized versus...
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 105C, 201 is Social Movements. We will consider the phenomena of global social movements in historical perspective. We will consider social movements from the 18th century forward as context for understanding social movements around the world today. We will consider a wide range of social justice causes around which people have mobilized historically including democracy, anti-slavery, suffrage, feminism, anarchism, civil rights, anti-imperialism, workers’ rights, Indigenous rights, gay rights, peace, and the environment. We will learn about well-known leaders of social movements such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, as well as lesser-known grassroots activists. We will investigate questions including: what is a social movement?; what strategies have proved successful for social movements in the past?; how can we assess the impact and success of social movements; and what can historical social movements tell us about efforts to create change in society today?
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 490Y is History of the Present: Racism, colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada. This seminar will give students the opportunity to conduct historical analysis and investigation into some of the most prominent issues relating to Indigenous peoples, racism, and settler colonialism in Canada today. We will also consider the range of solutions and alternative futgures advanced by Indigenous scholars and activists.