Tad McIlwrath

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I am a cultural anthropologist conducting research with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, Canada. In 2007, I completed a PhD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, USA. I received a Master’s degree from the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in 1995. And, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature from the University of Toronto.   Prior to joining the department here at Guelph, I taught anthropology at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia.  I have also worked as a consulting anthropologist with First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and northern Alberta on projects related to land use planning, local and family history, and traditional knowledge.

My academic work involves the documentation of territoriality and the identification of rights of local Indigenous peoples to use land. These days, this usually means an effort to understand contemporary Indigenous land use in the context of mining and logging. My work includes an effort to understand the attitudes and biases that underpin consulting anthropology projects such as traditional land use and occupancy studies.

Teaching Interests:

  • ANTH*1150: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH*3650: Pre-history of Canadian Native Peoples
  • ANTH*3670: Indigenous Peoples, Global Contexts
  • ANTH*4740: The Anthropology of Place
  • ANTH*6600: Public Issues Anthropology
Tad received the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award, Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
See Tad's CSAHS profile for further details and visit Tad's personal website.