Upcoming Talks:

  • ​I'll be giving the keynote titled “Culinary Exchange in Upper Canada: How Indigenous People Helped Settlers Survive” as part of a day-long event at Fort York, called Hungry for Comfort: A Celebration of Food History.

    My presentation will explore culinary and cultural exchanges between Indigenous people and settlers in Upper Canada and Canada West, focusing in particular on the new hybrid diets that resulted from the mingling of people in what scholars have called a “contact zone.” I will discuss how British settlers’ diets changed with the introduction of Indigenous foods, material culture and technology. The presentation will also touch on the how the diets of Indigenous people changed in this same period as a result of the impacts of colonialism.

  • https://www.facebook.com/events/172124943530676/

Past Talks:

  • OHS Symposium at the Archives of Ontario. Active Archives: Bringing Ontario's History Online. "Indigenous History Online: Researching and Writing Ontario's Indigenous Past." The Archives of Ontario.  Thursday, April 6, 2017.
  • History Career Day. Department of History, University of Toronto. March 29, 2017.
  • ​Historian's Craft: "Doing History that Matters: My Career as a Historian of Indigenous History in the Government." York University. January 12, 2017.​
  • "We are All Treaty People: Ontario's Treaties with Indigenous Peoples, Land Claims, and Reconciliation." The Ontario Historical Society Webinar, January 18, 2017 
  • "​From Trent to the Ontario Public Service: How our education at Trent prepared us for work in the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation." Trent University. October 16, 2016.
  • "What shall I do with my degree in Canadian Studies? Advice on employment options within the government and public sector."  Trent University on November 4th, 2015.


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Alison Norman

Check out my new article:  “Teachers amongst their own people:” Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women teachers in 19th Century Tyendinaga and Grand River, Ontario.” In a Special Issue that I co-edited with Thomas Peace called “Contesting Indigenous Education.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, Volume 29, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 32-56.  


Alison Norman © Alison Norman. All rights reserved.

I currently work for the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliations as a Research Advisor. I earned my PhD in history from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I'm currently also a Research Associate in the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, the School for the Study of Canada, Trent University.  My current academic research is a history of Indigenous teachers in southern Ontario in the 19th century.