Dr. Daniel Sims’ research is focused on the history of Western Canada, with a particular focus on the Indigenous history of northern British Columbia. Examining Native-newcomer relations, his works considers how it intersects with the legal, environmental and economic history of British Columbia and Canada. It is his firm belief that Indigenous oral history and oral historiography not only stand on their own right as fields of study, but also should be central to Canadian history and he was worked extensively with the Tsek’ehne nations of Kwadacha, McLeod Lake and Tsay Keh Dene.
Currently Dr. Sims is working on three main research projects. The first is the preparation of his PhD dissertation for publication as a book. The second is an examination of the numerous proposed developments in the Finlay-Parsnip watershed of northern British Columbia. And the third is a collaborative work with Dr. Ingrid Urberg that consists of publishing an annotated English edition of Einar Odd Mortensen’s memoir Pelshandleren with the University of Alberta Press.
(Key words: Canada, British Columbia, Whitewater, Fort Ware, Kwadacha, Tsay Keh Dene, Ingenika, Fort Grahame, Finlay Forks, Fort McLeod, McLeod Lake, Bear Lake, Fort Connolly, Tsek’ehne, Tse Keh Nay, Sekani, Sicannie, Tse’khene, Tsek’ene, Tsay Keh Nay, Canadian history, western Canadian history; British Columbian history, Aboriginal history, Indigenous history, ethnohistory, fur trade history, missionaries, treaty, reserves, residential schools legal history, environmental history, economic history, hydroelectric history, development history, Native-newcomer relations, oral history, oral tradition, oral historiography, settler colonialism, economic colonialism, cultural colonialism, colonialism, Indigenous studies, native studies, First Nations studies, Aboriginal studies)