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Liam Haggarty

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Humanities

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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
Postdoctoral Fellowship: "SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Declined)". CAD81,000 (Canada). Conferred by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). .
Fellowship: "Fulbright Traditional Student Research Award (Declined)". USD 15,000 (United States). Conferred by Fulbright Canada. .
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). 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. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press. (Status: In Press).
Haggarty, L.J. (2009). "I'm Going to Call it Spirit Money": A History of Social Welfare among the Stó:lō. The University College of Fraser Valley Research Review, 2(2), 73-94 (In Print).
Haggarty, L.J. (2009). Métis Welfare: A History of Economic Exchange in Northwest Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan History, 61(2), 7-17 (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).
Conference Presentations
Haggarty, L. (2013, June). Brown Bag Teaching Workshop: Perspectives on Pedagogy: Teaching Indigenous Histories in Canada. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (Victoria, BC) (Accepted). (Role: Moderator).
Haggarty, L., & Salus, J. (2013, June). Calgary's Ring Road Controversy: A History of Community and Environmental Activism in Alberta. Presented at Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association (Victoria, BC) (Accepted).
Haggarty, L. (2012, October 10). "More Than a Wild Moose Chase: Métis Land Use in Northwest Saskatchewan". Presented at Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America (Calgary, AB). (Role: Presenter).
Haggarty, L. (2012, June 20). "Timeless Traditions?: Historicizing Aboriginal Land Use in Northwest Saskatchewan". Presented at Directions West: Third Biennial Western Canadian Studies Conference (Calgary, AB). (Role: Presenter).
Haggarty, L. (2012, June 3). The Power of Prestige: A Coast Salish History of Sharing and Welfare. Presented at Native American Indigenous Studies Association (Uncasville, CT) (Accepted). (Role: Presenter).
Haggarty, L.J. (2011, April). Ecology, Power, and Identity: Stó:lō Systems of Sharing and Exchange in the Nineteenth Century. Presented at Stó:lō People of the River Conference (Chilliwack, BC). (Role: Presenter).
Courses Taught
2013, January - 2013, April GNED 1303 "Conflict and Society: Crossroads: Calgary's Ring Road Controversy" (002). Level: Undergraduate Y1. Students: 35. Credits: 3. Hours: Lecture: 3.
2013, January - 2013, April INST 2730 "Topics in Indigenous Studies" (001 and 065). Level: Undergraduate Y2. Students: 25. Credits: 3. Hours: Lecture: 3.
2013, January - 2013, April INST 1101 "Introduction to Indigenous Studies: The Canadian Context" (001 and 065). Level: Undergraduate Y1. Students: 25. Credits: 3. Hours: Lecture: 3.
2012, September - 2012, December INST 1111 "Introduction to Indigenous Studies: International Perspectives" (001). Level: Undergraduate Y1. Students: 30. Credits: 3. Hours: Lecture: 3.
Grants
2013, May Mount Royal College, Office of Research Services: Internal Research Grant, "Declarations of Dependence: A History of Indigenous Income Assistance in Canada and the United States, 1950-1980". CAD4,000. Type: Grant-Competitive (Role: Principal Investigator).
Event Administration Activities
2013, February - 2014, September. Co-Convener, Under Western Skies 3: The third bi-annual meeting of Under Western Skies, which will focus on "Intersections of Environment, Technology, and Community" (2014, September 10 - 2014, September 14). Type: Conference. Organizer: Mount Royal University.