I am a Settler Canadian anglophone woman who was born in what my family calls Fredericton, New Brunswick, a city on the Wolastoq River, which flows through the heart of unceded Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) territory.
Thanks in part to extensive genealogical work done by my grandmother, the late Lillie-Mae Corey, I can trace my North American roots to the Anglo-Protestant people of what my maternal ancestors called Plymouth Colony and the Mayflower, and on my father’s side, to a German shoemaker in what some now call Philadelphia. My mother’s ancestors came to what is now eastern Canada following the Paris Treaty of 1783. My father’s ancestors—one of eight families known today in southeastern New Brunswick as the “Permanent Settlers”—came in 1766, attracted by the large tracts of land that were being offered for development by a company owned and administered by Benjamin Franklin. Those paternal ancestors were offered 200 acres of “good” (stolen) Mi’gmaw land for every family unit consisting of at least five Protestants.
I earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 2016, and I was awarded a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017-2019. You can read more about my recent and current research here.