Janice Forsyth, Associate Professor
Director, Indigenous Studies
PhD, Kinesiology, Western University
Janice Forsyth is a kinesiologist, interested in exploring sport’s relationship to Indigenous and Canadian culture, especially as it relates to matters of inequality, health, and social change. Her research focuses on the way sports have been used as tools for colonization, and how Indigenous people have used those same activities for cultural regeneration and survival. The insights generated from her work have shaped federal policies on sport and health, while generating critical acclaim and attention from scholars, practitioners and major media.
Areas of Specialization
- Aboriginal physical practices, health and identity;
- Power relations and the body;
- Sociology of sport;
- Qualitative research;
- Sport and Canadian culture;
- Canadian sport history
- Forsyth, Janice. 2020. Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport. Regina, SK: University of Regina Press.
Winner of the 2021 North American Society for Sport History Book Award
- Ross, MacIntosh and Janice Forsyth. 2020. "A Good Fight: How Indigenous Women Approach Boxing as a Mechanism for Social Change." Journal of Sport and Social Issues DOI: 10.1177/0193723520919817.
- Wilk, Piotr, Alana Maltby, Martin Cooke, and Janice Forsyth. 2019. "The effect of parental residential school attendance and parental involvement on Indigenous youth’s participation in sport and physical activity during school." International Journal of Indigenous Health 14(2): 130-146.
- McKee, Taylor and Janice Forsyth. 2019. "Witnessing painful pasts: Understanding images of sports at Canadian Indian residential schools." Journal of Sport History 46(2):175-188.
- Wilk, Piotr, Alana Maltby, Martin Cooke, and Janice Forsyth. 2018. "Correlates of participation in sports and physical activities among Indigenous youth." Aboriginal Policy Studies 7(1):62-83.