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Daniel Sims, PhD, MA, BA

Assistant Professor/History & Indigenous Studies

Augustana Campus

Social Sciences

About Me

Education

PhD, University of Alberta

MA, University of Alberta

BA, Concordia University College of Alberta

Major Awards

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Masters Scholarship

Bio

A member of the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation, Dr. Daniel Sims joined the Faculty of Augustana in January 2016. Originally wanting to be a Lutheran pastor, he attended Concordia University College of Alberta (now Concordia University of Edmonton) where he worked with Dr. Sandy Gow. His capstone paper was a historiography of the works of German historian Heinrich von Treitschke. Graduating with high distinction he began graduate work at the master’s level at the University of Alberta with Dr. Gerhard Ens, producing a master’s thesis that examined the history and identity of the Tsek’ehne nation (Kwadacha, McLeod Lake, Takla Lake and Tsay Keh Dene) through the lenses of the fur trade, missionary writings, treaty and the creation of reserves. He continued his graduate work at the University of Alberta with Dr. Sarah Carter, examining both the short term and long term cumulative impacts the construction of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Williston Lake reservoir had on the Tsek’ehne. After conducting over seventy interviews, he wrote a dissertation based on both archival and oral research, which was nominated for the Governor-General’s Gold Medal.


Research

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)


Teaching

Currently Dr. Daniel Sims teaches history and Indigenous studies at the Faculty of Augustana. Within discipline of history he usually teaches post-Confederation history, economic history, environmental history and Aboriginal history. Within the discipline of Indigenous studies he usually teaches an introductory course, oral history and the fur trade.

The recipient of a Graduate Student Teaching Award in 2014, Dr. Daniel Sims’ pedagogy is shaped by a firm belief that students need to learn the skills to critically analyze and work with information rather than simply memorize it. Recognizing that the traditional oral lecture is limited in the ways it engages with the student, Dr. Sims promotes active learning either in the classroom or on the land. He is also willing to help students learn about community based research and annually has at least two students base part of their term paper on research conducted during the semester.