Heather George

PhD candidate

Photo credit: Woodland Cultural Centre

Home University: University of Waterloo

Email: hcgeorge@uwaterloo.ca

LinkedIn: heather-george-06673115

Research Fields: Canadian, Indigenous, History of Human Rights

Supervisor: Susan Roy

Heather George, B.A. Hons, (Indigenous Studies; History, Trent University), MA (Public History, University of Western Ontario), OCGC (Museum Management and Curatorship) is a PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo. As a scholar of Euro-Canadian and Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) descent much of Heather's personal and professional work has been directed at gaining a better understanding of her culture and history. Her research examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary museum practice specifically grounded in Haudenosaunee (Six Nations / Iroquois) philosophies of Edge of the Woods and Condolence. She seeks to challenge the colonial basis of cultural preservation methods and museology and better understand how we engage with material culture to heal trauma and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. Recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019-2022) Heather’s research on Haudenosaunee beadwork and Glengarry Caps was most recently published in the Otsego Alumni Review (2019).

In 2022, she was appointed director of the Woodland Cultural Centre.