Christine Elsey

Contact Information

Christine Elsey, BA, MA, PhD, (SFU)

Associate Professor

Office:  D3041 Abbotsford Campus


Telephone: 604 - 504 -7441, local 4787


Dr. Elsey is a faculty member in the Department of Social, Cultural and Media Studies. She received her PhD in Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in 2001, writing an interdisciplinary thesis entitled, The Poetics of Self, Body and World: A Phenomenological Re-interpretation of British Columbia Ethnography of Aboriginal Peoples. For the past 20 years, Dr. Elsey has focused her research on British Columbia First Nations concerns with a special interest in Indigenous land use and occupancy. Dr. Elsey is active in research and publishing on British Columbia Indigenous issues and on the question of Indigenous rights, in Canada, and on decolonization and reconciliation potentials. Her most recent research focuses on Metis and mixed heritage indigenous peoples with respect to questions of identity, aboriginal rights and politics. For the past number of years, she has been the review editor for the “Native Studies Review” published by the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Indigenous Studies. Dr. Elsey teaches from a place of post colonial and decolonizing optimism and feels that the social sciences have the important responsibility of shedding light on the colonial past and to pursue a new kind of post- colonial project.

Undergrad Courses Taught

  • ANTH 102      Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 111      First Nations in British Columbia: Traditional Cultures
  • ANTH 130      Anthropology of World Religions
  • ANTH 301      Key Ideas in Anthropology
  • ANTH 407      Social Change & Contemporary Representation
  • ANTH 469      Myth and Ritual
  • SOC 101        Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 210        Social Problems of Canadian Society
  • SOC 350        Classical Sociological Thought

Institutional and Other Affiliations

Canadian Anthropology Society

The Society for Applied Anthropology

 Research Interests

British Columbia First Nations issue’s, Indigenous land claims issues and the topic of land and story, Metis history and identity, studies in mythology and folklore, social and anthropological theory (phenomenological anthropology), theories of aesthetics and art.


“The Poetics of Land and Identity Among British Columbia Indigenous Peoples” 2013, Fernwood Press.

Cultural Resources Report for the “Stein Nlaka’pamux Tribal Heritage Park Management Background Document” (1997) Ministry of the Environment Canada.

A Poetic Review of Seymour River Recollections in “Echoes Across Seymour” by Pavlik, Smith and Smith (2012) Harbour Publishing.

Selected Papers and Presentations.

 “The People Are In The Land and The Land is in The People.” Special lecture presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Vancouver (2016)

 “Metis Identity and the Problem of State Imaginaries: The Long Journey for Reconciliation, Acknowledgement, and Rights”, Presented at the Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Conference  (2015).



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