Nancy Kimberley Phillips

Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology; Museum Anthropology; Museum Studies; Museums; Indigenous Studies; Treaty 7; Niitsitapi; Blackfoot; Haida Gwaii; Haida; Indigenous; Repatriation; Reconciliation; Resistance; Collective Memory; Collective Remembering; “Bringing Home”

Research summary:

Nancy is deeply invested in varying concepts of repatriation, the act of “bringing something home”, collective memory (and collective remembering), critical interdisciplinary museology, and bridge building as an act of reconciliation. Linked in with these concepts is a shifting understanding of repatriation from a very static mentality (often found within museum contexts) to the inclusion of other-than-human beings while expanding our notion of what it means to truly bring things and/or items ‘home’. These concepts are also fundamentally about land-based reconciliation and how museum institutions can work to become better guests on Indigenous Lands and with Indigenous peoples. There is unique dialogue surrounding the physical return of intangibles back to their homelands, where these Indigenous knowledges never left collective memory, and about who should and should not have access to Indigenous knowledges acquired through exploitative expropriation.

Supervisor: Dr. John Barker

Nancy Kimberley is a Queer Settler Womxn, born from the Treaty 7 Lands of the Niitsitapi (the Blackfoot Confederacy: Siksika, Piikani, Kainai), Îyârhe Nakoda, and Tsuut’ina Nations and the home of the Métis Nation, Region 3. She currently lives and works on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Lands of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. In 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies from Mount Royal University.

Phillips, Nancy. 2018. “Skin and Bones: The Decimation of the Plains Buffalo”. Mount Royal Undergraduate Humanities Review 5: 24-31.

Phillips, Nancy. (2018, March). Bringing Home: The Repatriation of Ceremonial ‘Items’ and Collective Memory as Reconciliation. Paper presented at Currents: A Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference about Flows, Movement and Directions; Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton.

Phillips, Nancy. (2017, May). Skin and Bones: The Decimation of the Plains Buffalo. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Foothills Colloquium in Undergraduate History; Mount Royal University, Calgary.

Phillips, Nancy. (2017, March). The Entanglement of Intercultural Communication and Colonialism. Paper presented at Equality: A Transdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference About Achieving Equality; Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton.

Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s , 2018
Graduate Entrance Scholarship , 2018
President’s Honour Roll, Consecutive 2013-2017 , 2013
Dean’s Honour List, Consecutive 2013-2017 , 2013
Outstanding Student Award in Anthropology , 2017
Suzanne Denise Grant Pomeroy Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology , 2016
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship , 2016
Outstanding Student Award in Anthropology , 2015
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship , 2015
Jason Lang Scholarship , 2014
Alexander Rutherford Scholarship , 2012