Research Key Words:
Feminist Methodologies, Gender-based Violence, Sexual Violence, Resource Extraction, Ethics and Consent, Community-based Research
My MA research focuses on the increased rate of sexual violence experienced by indigenous women in northern British Columbia as a consequence of construction camps built for liquid-natural gas pipeline projects. Through this work, I am contributing to scholarship that is critical of presumed notions of ‘vulnerability,’ while critically examining the structural systems that normalize the experience of sexual violence for indigenous women. During my fieldwork, I have worked closely with a group of women to explore notions of sexual consent, sexual abuse, and policy measures that may be put in place to mitigate the impacts of construction camps on indigenous women’s safety. Methodologically, I have engaged with feminist, participatory, and community-based research methods, rooted in the desire to produce research that is ethical, decolonized, and community-led. This research is driven by the desire to question the framing of indigenous women in Canada as inherently vulnerable to sexual violence and to explore how these assumptions impact their experiences and disclosure of sexual violence.
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and International Development Studies, McGill University, 2014
UBC Supervisor: Leslie Robertson
(In Review) Gibson, Ginger, Kathleen Yung, Hannah Quinn, Libby Chisolm (2016) Construction Camp Mitigations: Working Discussion Paper. The Firelight Group and Lake Babine Nation.
March 31, 2016. “Resources, Risks, and Resilience: Understanding the Gendered-Impacts of Resource Extraction on Aboriginal Communities. Poster Presentation, Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada