Current Position: Assistant Professor- Food Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Biography: Martha Stiegman holds a Bachelors of Arts from McGill University in English Literature and Political Science, and an interdisciplinary PhD-Special Individualized Program from Concordia University. Her participatory video-based doctoral research analyzed Bear River First Nation’s efforts to assert their Aboriginal and treaty rights to a livelihood fishery in the wake of the Supreme Court’s R. vs. Marshall decision (1999). Martha is also a filmmaker and community media trainer. Her documentaries and research videos have screened in film festivals and academic conferences around the world.
Thesis: Mapping a Post-Colonial Commons in Kespukwitk
Abstract: Through my Postdoctoral research I am expanding my engagement with and examination of Bear River First Nation’s efforts to assert their Aboriginal and treaty rights. These efforts are grounded in a critical engagement with the Mi’kmaq concept of Netukulimk; and contextualized by a decade-long cross-cultural dialogue between Bear River First Nation and neighboring groups regarding treaty rights, watershed management, sustainable harvesting, community food security, and joint-resistance to the various forms of neo-liberal privatization impacting their traditional territory of Kespukwitk (SouthWest Nova Scotia). Secondly, I am continuing my investigation of innovative models for Aboriginal research by examining the ethical considerations, cultural appropriateness and the impacts of incorporating collaborative media-arts based approaches into Participatory Action Research (PAR).
PhD-Special Individualized Program. Concordia University, (2004- 2011) GPA 4.04.
“In the Same Boat? Exploring Treaty Rights, Resource Privatization, Community Resistance, & Mi’kmaq / Non-Native Solidarity in and around Bear River First Nation, through Video-based Participatory Research”
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Schragge, School of Community and Public Affairs
Committee members: Elizabeth Miller, Concordia Department of Communication Studies; Dr. Daniel Sallée, School of Community and Public Affairs; Dr. Aziz Choudry, McGill University Department of Integrated Studies in Education.
External Examiners: Dr. M. Wiber, Dept of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick; Dr. P. Andree, Dept of Political Science, Carleton University
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Political Science. McGill University (1992-1997)
2010 Concordia University Doctoral Thesis Completion Award – $4000
2006-2010 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship – $80,000
2006-2010 Concordia University External Grant Holder Doctoral Scholarship – $4800
2007 DIALOG:Réseau québécois d’échange sur les questions autochtones. Research dissemination – $5000
2006-07 Centre Inter-Univesitaire des Arts Médiatiques, Creation Grant – $5000
2005-06 Royal Canadian Geographical Society Maxwell Studentship in Human Geography – $5000
2005-06 Campaign for a New Millennium, Concordia School of Graduate Studies – $1000
2005-06 Graduate Scholarship – Concordia University School of Gradate Studies – $1000
2004-05 Concordia University SIP Research Assistantship – $1000
Choudry, A., Hanley, J., Jordan, S., Shragge, E., Stiegman, M. (2009) Fight Back: Work Place Justice for Immigrants Toronto: Fernwood Books Ltd.
Hanley, J., Stiegman, M., Speirs, K., & Lavigne, V. (forthcoming 2013). “Foreigners” on the family farm: An employment relationship with family on both sides. In S. Gervais, M.A. Poutanen, R. Iacovici (Eds.), Being Quebecois: Ethnicity and Race in 19th to 21st Century Quebec. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Stiegman, M. (2012) Confessions of a Reluctant Food Activist. In A.Choudry, J. Hanley, & E. Shragge (Eds.) Organize! Building from the Local for Global Justice (pp. 266-277). Oakland, California: PM Press.
Stiegman, M. & Pictou, S. (2011) Resource Privatization, Treaty Rights Recognition, and Community Resistance in Maritime Canada. In Burnett, K. & Read, G. (Eds.) Aboriginal History: A Reader (pp.403-415) Oxford University Press.
Stiegman, M & Pictou, S. (2010) How do you say Netuklimuk in English? Learning through video in Bear River First Nation. In Choudry, A. & Kapoor, D. (Eds.) Learning from the ground up: Global perspectives on social movements and knowledge production (pp.227-242) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Stiegman, M. (2009) Fisheries Privatization versus Community-Based Management: emerging First Nation/non-First Nation Alliances in Nova Scotia. In Adkin, L. (Ed.) Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada (pp.69-83). Vancouver: UBC Press.
A.Choudry, J.Hanley, S.Jordan, E. Shragge, M.Stiegman. (2009) Respet et résistence. Revue du CREMIS. 2(4) 7-14.
C. Baltodano, A.Choudry, J.Hanley, S.Jordan, E. Shragge, M.Stiegman. (2007) Becoming an Immigrant Worker: Learning in Everyday Life The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. 20(2), 99-113.
Feature-Length Documentary Film
Stiegman, M. & Productions Multi-Monde (Producers), & Stiegman, M. (Director). (2013) Honour Your Word / Tenir Parole. [Documentary Film]. 57min.
Research Videos & Multimedia Projects
McMillan, J., Prosper, K., Davis, A., Stiegman, M (Producers), & Stiegman, M.(Director). (2013) Seeking Netukulimk. [Documentary Video]. 22min.
Miller, E. (Producer), & Miller, E., Stiegman, M. (Co-directors). (2009) Queer is in the Eye of the Newcomer. [Korsokow interactive video].
Miller, E. (Producer), & Miller, E., Stiegman, M. (Co-directors). (2008) If I only knew: Queer Refugee Youth in Toronto. [project video]. 9min.
Stiegman, M., Vidéographe Créations (Producers) & Stiegman, M. (Director). (2007) In the Same Boat? [Documentary Video]. 40 min.
Peoples’ Food Policy Project (2011) Sustainable Fisheries and Livelihoods for Fishers. Policy Discussion Paper: http://peoplesfoodpolicy.ca/policy/resetting-table-peoples-food-policy-canada
Stiegman, M (2006) Dirty Work: little protection for migrant workers on Canadian industrial farms. Alternatives Journal, 32(3), 12-13.
Stiegman, M. (2003) United We Fish Alternatives Journal, 29(4), 38-41
Stiegman, M. (2003) Au Coeur de notre quartier: Un guide pratique pour le démarrage et l’animation d’un jardin collectif Montreal:La Direction de Santé Publique. 70pages.
Conference Papers and Presentations:
June 2011. St. Mary’s University. Film as a Research Tool for Community Voice Presented at the People and Places conference.
November 2010. Université de Montréal. Sustainable Fisheries and livelihoods for Fisherpeople Presented at Food Secure Canada.
May 2010. Concordia University, Montreal. Learning from the ground up: Knowledge production and social movements. Presented at The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development.
June 2009. University of Saskatchewan. Mobilizing to protect Mi’kmaq traditional food systems: community fisheries, alliance building and participatory video documentary in Bear River First Nation. Presented at the 3rd North American Indigenous Food Symposium.
May 2009. Carleton University, Ottawa. Community-Based Knowledge Production: How can video enhance participatory action research with Indigenous Peoples? Presented at the Canadian Association of Food Studies
October 2008. Ottawa. Food Sovereignty in Small-scale and Indigenous Fisheries in Maritime Canada presented with Sherry Pictou (Bear River First Nation) at Food Secure Canada.
May 2008. Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal. Theorizing an anti-colonial commons: the case of Bear River First Nation. Presented at the Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and Canadian Law and Society Association
March 2008. Concordia University, Montreal. Treaty-based Research: Collaborative Video as a Participatory Action Research Strategy with Indigenous Communities. Presented at the Grounded Theory / Participatory Methodologies Series
February 2008, Concordia University, Montreal.“In the Same Boat? A case study exploring the use of video documentary production and distribution in participatory action research.” Presented at Sharing Authority Conference: Building Community-University Alliances through Oral History, Digital Storytelling and Collaboration
December 2007, INRS, Montreal. “Video Documentary as a tool for Participatory Research with Indigenous Peoples”, presented at Dialog: Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peoples autochtones Annual Conference.
October 2007, University of Ottawa. Panel presentation with Sherry Pictou (Bear River First Nation) and Arthur Bull (Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Center). “Collaborative Research into Community-Based Management & First Nations Fisheries: Innovations in Research Methods”. At the Oceans Management Research Network annual conference.
May 2007. University of Saskatchewan. The Real Dirt on Farm Work: Worker Resistance within the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. Presented at the Canadian Association of Food Studies
July 2006, Oxford University. “In the Same Boat? How the fight against the privatization of the fisheries is building alliances in First Nations and non-native communities in Nova Scotia”, presented at the 5th International Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship.
June 2006. York University, Toronto. Treaty Rights Recognition for Building Food Security, Strengthening Traditional Food Practices and Local Governance In Mi’kmaq Communities: Video as a Research Methodology and its Applications in Popular Education and Classroom Settings presented at the Canadian Association of Food Studies
June 2006. OISE, Toronto. “Constructing Immigrant Workers” report to the annual conference of the Work and Lifelong Learning Research Network (WALL)
June 2006, Boston University. “The Real Dirt on Farm Work: the experience of workers in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program”, presented at the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
May 2006. University of Victoria, BC. “In the Same Boat? How the fight against the privatization of the fisheries is building alliances in First Nations and non-native communities in Nova Scotia”, presented at the Privatization and the Public Domain conference.
University Guest Lectures:
November 2012. St-Mary’s University. Recognition by Assimilation: Asserting Treaty Rights in Bear River First Nation to Dr. D. Laroux’s Sociology and Criminology 3220 Race, Racism, Colonialism
November 2012. St-Mary’s University. Colonialism and the ‘New World’ Order: Has the past, passed?to Dr. P. Antwi’s English 3828 Critical Race Theory
January 2012. Dalhousie University. How do you say Netukulimk in English? Struggles to adapt tradition to the present in Bear River First Nation to Dr. Ami Harbin’s Philosophy 3170/5170 Contemporary Feminist Theories
March 2011. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Participatory Video Documentary in Indigenous Communities to Sarah Alford’s Art and Activisms
January 2011. Dalhousie University. Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights and Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Bear Rive First Nation to Dr. H. Castleten’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies 5500 Socio-Political Dimensions of Environmental Management
November 2010. Concordia University. Asserting Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights: Documenting Community Resistance in Bear River First Nation through Participatory Video to Dr G. Mahrouse’s Women’s Studies 489 Feminisms, postcolonialism and anti-colonialisms.
October 2010. Dalhousie University. Video-based Participatory Research and Community-based fisheries Co-Management. to Dr. J. Kearney’s Marine Issues 5012, Community-based Co-Management.
March 2010. McGill University. How do you say Netuklimuk in English? Learning through video in Bear River First Nation. Guest Seminar on Globalization, Education and Change to the Department of Integrated Studies in Education.
October 2009. Concordia University. Asserting Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights: Documenting Community Resistance in Bear River First Nation through Participatory Video to Dr G. Mahrouse’s Women’s Studies 489 Feminisms, postcolonialism and anti-colonialisms.
March 2009. Concordia University, Montréal. “In the Same Boat?” the process and impacts of collaborative documentary video” Prof.Miller’s Communications Studies 438 You are what you Eat.
March 2006. Dalhousie University. “How the fight against the privatization of the fisheries is building alliances in First Nations and non-native communities in Nova Scotia” to Dr. M. Bradfield’s Economics 401.
Selected Screenings of Research/Creation Work:
1/2009 Haida Gwaï, BC. An Ocean Forum for Haida Gwaï.
10/2009 Peterborough, Ont. Aboriginal Studies Colloquium
5/2011 Rome, Italy – Crocevia Festival Audiovisivo Della Biodiversita
3/2009 Kairouan-Tunisia. The 7th International Environmental Film Festival
3/2009 Ottawa, Canada. The Reel Food Festival
2/2009 Montréal, QC. Cinema Politica
10/2009 Halifax, NS. On Common Ground- festival excerpts on tour
9/2008 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. EcoBahia International Festival of Environmental Audiovisual
6/2008 Kelowna, BC. On Common Ground: The Independent Media Arts Alliance Film Festival
5/2008 Palmerston North, Aotearoa / New Zealand. The Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival
3/2008 Vancouver, BC. The Anthropology Film Festival
11/2007 Halifax, Oxford Theater (seating capacity 600). Presented by Bear River First Nation & Ecology Action Center
11/2007 Fredericton NB. Silver Wave Film Festival
10/2007 Toronto, Ont. Planet in Focus International Environmental Film and Video Festival
ON-LINE: http://nfb.ca/inthesameboat – dossier featured on NFB’s Citizenshift
4/2011 Halifax, NS. Living Theory Symposium
12/2007 Bedford Institute of Oceanography Special Screening to Department of Fisheries
11/2007 MARITIME TOUR: with Bear River First Nation & the Marine Resource Centre
* 1/11Wolfville NS
* 4/11 Annapolis Royal NS
* 5/11 Barrington Passage NS
* 6/11 Yarmouth NS
* 7/11 Lunenburg NS
* 9/11 Tatamagouche NS
* 10/11 Waycobah First Nations, NS
* 14/11 Digby, NS
10/2007 Mi’kmag Friendship Center, Halifax