Janice Forsyth, Associate Professor
Director, Indigenous Studies
Nov. 8 Forsyth, Giancarlo, McKee, Tehiwi & Habkirk, "Reconciling sport: A framework for justice" presented by Janice Forsyth at the North American Society for Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach, VA
Nov. 8 Giancarlo, Forsyth, McKee, Tehiwi & Habkirk, "Sporting images, sporting memories: Photo elicitation and residential school sport photographs" presented by Alexandra Giancarlo at the North American Society for Sociology of Sport Annual Meeting, Virginia Beach, VA
In the News
Oct. 12, 2019 "Forsyth book chronicles Indigenous sport, politics" Western News
Sept. 10 "Western emerging generation among New College" Western News
Mar. 5 "Decolonizing Canada’s national game" Queen's Gazette
Honours and Awards
Elected Member of The College of the Royal Society of Canada (2019-2026)
Appointed Senior Fellow, NEST (Network for Economic and Social Trends), Faculty of Social Science, Western University (2019-)
Sport in History awarded "Make the Indian Understand his Place: Politics and the Establishment of the Tom Longboat Awards at Indian Affairs and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada" the Editor's Prize for Best Paper for 2016.
Janice Forsyth is interested in exploring sport’s relationship to Indigenous and Canadian culture, especially as it relates to matters of inequality, health, and social change
Current Research Projects
Indigeneity, Hockey, and Canadian Nationhood, SSHRC funded (2018-2023)
How can sport be used to heal the past?, SSHRC funded (2016-2021)
See Dr. Forsyth's personal website for more information
Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
Books and Edited Collections
(2020) Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport , University of Regina Press.
(2017) Olympic Perspectives (ed. with Stephan Wassong and Richard Baka), Routledge.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
(2019) "The effect of parental residential school attendance and parental involvement on Indigenous youth’s participation in sport and physical activity during school" (with Piotr Wilk, Alana Maltby, and Martin Cooke) International Journal of Indigenous Health 14(2): 130-146.
(2019) "Witnessing painful pasts: Understanding images of sports at Canadian Indian residential schools" (with Taylor McKee) Journal of Sport History 46(2):175-188.
(2018) "Correlates of participation in sports and physical activities among Indigenous youth" (with Piotr Wilk, Alana Maltby, and Martin Cooke) Aboriginal Policy Studies 7(1):62-83.
(2017) "'The only good thing that happened at school': Colonising narratives of sport in the Indian School Bulletin" (with Michael Heine) British Journal of Canadian Studies 30(2): 205-225.
(2017) "‘Welcome to the Olympic Victims Hotel’: Homelessness and the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games" (with Sophy Chan) Sport in Society 21(3): 468-481.
(2017) "“A Rink at this School is Almost as Essential as a Classroom”: Hockey and Discipline at Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, 1945–1951" (with Braden Te Hiwi) Canadian Journal of History 52(1): 80-108.
(2016) "Negotiating Difference: How Aboriginal Athletes in the Maritimes Brokered their Involvement in Canadian Sport" (with Vanessa Lodge-Gagné and Audrey Giles) The International Journal of the History of Sport 33(16): 1943-1962.
(2016) "The Illusion of Inclusion: Agenda 21 and the Commodification of Indigenous Culture in Olympic Games" PUBLIC: Art | Culture | Ideas 53 (Mega-Event Cities).
(2015) "Make the Indian Understand his Place: Politics and the Establishment of the Tom Longboat Awards at Indian Affairs and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada" Sport in History 35(2): 241-270.