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Liam Haggarty

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Liam Haggarty

Broadly, my research explores colonialism and the emergence of Canada from the perspective of Indigenous peoples. My current research projects focus on the economic history of northwestern North America by exploring Indigenous systems of sharing and government welfare programs. Informed by ethnohistoric methodologies and community-based research, these projects reconstruct aspects of longstanding indigenous economies as they existed prior to the appearance of non-Indigenous people. Based on these reconstructions, I investigate how Indigenous peoples and communities understood, perceived, and exploited new economic opportunities afforded by Newcomers. Much of my work focuses specifically on relief and welfare payments made to Indigenous people by colonial and state authorities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Rather than seeing these payments as temporary, stigmatised alternatives to wage work,Indigenous people interpreted them as part of longstanding systems of sharing and exchange negotiated between independent nations. The goal of this research is to produce more balanced, meaningful, and inclusive interpretations of the economic history of western Canada.
Projects
Education
PHD in History (All but Degree), 2006, September - 2012, May. University of Saskatchewan. Specialization: Canadian Aboriginal History. Thesis title: "Economies of Power: Indigenous Systems of Sharing and Government Welfare in Western Canada, 1800-1950". Supervised by: Carlson, Keith.
M.A. in History, 2004, September - 2005, August. University of Victoria. Specialization: Canadian Aboriginal History. Thesis title: "'I'm Going to Call it Spirit Money': An Ethnohistory of Social Welfare Among the Stó:lō". Supervised by: Lutz, John.
B.A. (Honours) in History, 2000, September - 2004, April. University of Victoria. Specialization: Canadian History. Thesis title: "'A Shovel in One Hand, a Rifle in the Other': Interracial Violence in Colonial British Columbia, 1858-1871". Supervised by: Sager, Eric.
Awards and Distinctions
Scholarship: "SSHRC Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Programme Doctoral Scholarship". CAD105,000 (Canada). Conferred by University of Saskatchewan. 2006, September - 2009, August.
Scholarship: "SSHRC Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Programme Masters Scholarship". CAD17,500 (Canada). Conferred by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 2004, September - 2005, August.
Recent Publications
Haggarty, L.J. (2013, May). Métis Economics: Sharing and Other Forms of Exchange in Nineteenth Century Northwest Saskatchewan. In. (C. Adams, G. Dahl, & I. Peach, Eds.), The Métis in Canada: History, Identity, Law, and Politics (pp.205-248). Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press. (Status: In Print).
Haggarty, L.J. (2008). nêhiyawak (Plains Cree) Leadership. In. (C. Avery, & D. Fichter, Eds.), Our Legacy: Essays (pp.25-44). Saskatoon, SK: University of Saskatchewan. (Status: In Print).
Grants
2013, March Mount Royal University, Office of Research Services: Internal Research Grant, "Declarations of Dependence: A History of Indigenous Income Assistance in Canada and the United States, 1950-1980". CAD8,000. Type: Grant-Competitive (Role: Principal Investigator).
Book Reviews
(2014). Review. [Review of the book Contours of a People: Metis Family, Mobility, and History (2012), by St-Onge, N., Podruchny, C., Macdougall, B., & Macdougall, B.] Canadian Historical Review (In Press).
(2013). A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada. [Review of the book A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada (2011), by Kelm, M.] University of Toronto Quarterly, 82(3) (Submitted).
Research Presentations
2014, May 26. "'I'm Going to Call it Spirit Money': Indigenous Perspectives of the Canadian Aboriginal Welfare System". Presented to Canadian Historical Association. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Brock University.
2013, June 3. "Brown Bag Teaching Workshop: Perspectives on Pedagogy: Teaching Indigenous Histories in Canada". Presented to Canadian Historical Association. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Victoria.
2013, June 2. "Calgary's Ring Road Controversy: A History of Community and Environmental Activism in Alberta". Presented to Canadian Historical Association. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Victoria. Co-presenter: Salus, J.
2014, April 1. "A City, a Province, and a First Nation: Calgary's Ring Road Controversy in Historical Perspective". Presented at International Adult Learners Week, Calgary Public Library, Signal Hill Branch. Invited Speaker.
2014, February 26. "A City, a Province, and a First Nation: Calgary's Ring Road Controversy in Historical Perspective". Presented at Art and Culture Series, Garrison Green Seniors Centre. Invited Speaker.
2014, February 11. "Relating to Land: Aboriginal Philosophies and Relationships to Land". Presented to Apeiron Society for the Practice of Philosophy. Presented at Philosophy of Environment Lecture Series, Scandinavian Centre. Invited Speaker. Co-presenter: Trimble, S.
2013, October 3. "Crossroads: Calgary's Ring Road Controversy in Historical Perspective". Presented at Aboriginal Community Showcase, Calgary Public Library, Central Branch. Invited Speaker.
2013, February 27. "Strangers and Kin: Sharing in the “Fur Trade”". Presented to MRU historians. Presented at Brown Bag Workshop, Mount Royal University. Invited Speaker.
2011, November 28. "Indigenous Studies, Interdisciplinarity, and Advocacy". Presented to University Community. Presented at MRU Arts Forum, Mount Royal University. Invited Speaker.
Event Administration Activities
2013, February. Co-Convener, Under Western Skies 3: Intersections of Environment, Technology, and Community (2014, September 9 - 2014, September 12). Type: Conference. Organizer: Mount Royal University.