February 2021: UVic Anthropology Alumni Update      View this email in your web browser »

Greetings from the Anthropology Department

Photo of April NowellDr. April Nowell with a prehistoric hand ax discovered in Jordan. ©: Nik West/Torch Alumni Magazine.


When I last wrote to you, I had no idea what 2020 had in store for us all.  Personally, I had a busy year of conference presentations and field work planned in addition to overseeing the day to day operations of our department.  In March, all of that changed—plans were cancelled, courses went on-line and our main office, the vibrant hub of our department, was shuttered as we all began to work remotely.  To be honest, I am in awe of what our students, faculty and staff have been able to accomplish despite the challenges.  Classes continued, in fact our enrolments were higher than ever this past summer,  faculty progressed with their research albeit in a different form and the office staff ensured that everything ran smoothly.  While we have not been able to come together in the ways we wish we could, we have adapted, for example, our colloquia series is now on-line.  With the construction of a new archaeology lab and 4 new faculty members joining our department, we have many things to look forward to in 2021.  Please be sure to check out our department website for the latest on our faculty and students. Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy New Year.


Dr. April Nowell

Professor and Chair

Department of Anthropology



News & Congratulations

  • Our researchers and grad students’ work is discussed in this Fertile Shorearticle in the Smithsonian Magazine.
  • Dr. Brian Thom and Dr. Sarah Morales (UVic Law) have a new chapter in the University of Toronto Press book Creating Indigenous Property: Power, Rights, and Relationships. The chapter “The Principle of Sharing and the Shadow of Canadian Law” looks at the ongoing Coast Salish legal orders around land tenure and the challenges they face.
  • Dr. Iain McKechnie is cited for his contributions to the collaborative archaeological discoveries of an ancient wool dog found within BC's historic coastal Indigenous communities and MA student Dylan Hillis shares details on the diet and animal husbandry practices: CBC News, Times Colonist and Ha-Shilth-Sa among others.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Quentin Mackie on 25 years of service at UVic.





New Anthropology Faculty Members

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Dr. Robert L.A. Hancock  (joined us June 2020)

- Assistant Professor and IACE Associate Director Academic

- Indigenous–state relations, Metis studies, Indigenous anthropology, history of anthropology, Indigenous education, Indigenous Studies


Dr. Tatiana Degai  (joining us July 2021)

- Assistant Professor

- Indigenous research methodologies, ethics, and community-engaged research, ethnographies of the North-Pacific/Arctic, language revitalization


Tommy Happynook (joining us July 2021)

- Assistant Professor

- Nuu chah nulth ways of knowing land, language, knowledge and Identity


Dr. Ammie Kalan (joining us July 2021)

- Assistant Professor

- Biological anthropology, primate behavioural ecology, conservation and communication, animal cultures, tool use, bioacoustics, camera trapping



Anthropology Colloquium Series

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Alumni are welcome to join us every Monday at 11:30 a.m. during the academic term for our anthropology colloquium.

If you are interested in speaking at a colloquium, please email us to submit a proposal.

If you would like to be on the colloquium email list, please email us


For all events, check our Facebook or Twitter



Meet some of our ANTH alumni


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Dr. Stephanie Calce, by Therese Eley, Marketing Services

Camilla Cyr: BA '20:

During her undergraduate studies, Camilla found inspiration in deepening her ethnographic research skills after attending the 2018 CASCA-Cuba Ethnographic Field School (hosted by Dr. Boudreault-Fournier). Camilla is now enrolled in Master’s program in Anthropology at UVic and is continuing to experience Cuba through a research project that she will be working on with Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier. The MA research project centers around the rapid socio-economic change that has led to a housing crisis in Cuba and the ways that Cubans show their anticipation and hope for a future through home de/construction and renovation. The project aims to use innovative research methodologies such as film, audio recordings, and architectural design.


Stephaine Calce: PhD '16:

Stephanie is the Senior Lab Instructor in the Department of Anthropology at UVic. She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including the lab components of Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology, and courses on Forensic Anthropology, that includes an outdoor field school with hands-on experience of forensic excavation and field recovery techniques. Stephanie manages access to the Zooarchaeology research collection, teaches in Continuing Studies, and is a Let’s Talk Science Program Coordinator. She completed the Visiting Scientist Internship at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manhattan, New York City, and regularly consults on forensic cases for the RCMP, VICPD and Saanich Police. Stephanie is still actively involved in her research of age variation in the human skeleton. She investigates the process of skeletal aging in both the past and present using 3D imaging techniques to improve our ability to estimate age-at-death from bone's physical appearance. Stephanie is a Vanier Scholar and the 2020 recipient of the Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award, the highest honour for teaching excellence at the University of Victoria for her position.


Chris Hebda: MA '19:
In true grad student fashion, Chris continues to take on too many projects, even after finishing his degree. Chris works as an archaeologist/palaeoecologist with Cordillera Archaeology in association with the Hakai Institute, and he also works as an anthropological consultant conducting traditional use studies for First Nations across BC. In his role as an archaeologist, Chris draws on the hands-on skills and knowledge he learned during both his undergraduate and graduate work at UVic, especially from the numerous fieldwork opportunities he was lucky enough to participate in. In his role as a researcher for traditional use studies, Chris collaborates with Indigenous knowledge holders when they are consulted by government and industry to demonstrate long-term use and occupancy in various parts of the province. The research skills and perspectives fostered by the anthropology department have been invaluable when interacting with people from all walks of life as part of this work. Also, the writing skills learned in the department have been extremely helpful when buried beneath a mountain of reports!

Email us with your interesting career connected to Anthropology and let us add you to our page.






Dr. April Nowell
Chair of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Phone: 250-721-7333
Email: anthone@uvic.ca

Jindra Bélanger
Undergraduate & Graduate Secretary
Department of Anthropology
Phone: 250-721-7047
Email: anthtwo@uvic.ca

Vivian Chenard
Alumni and Annual Giving Officer
Faculty of Social Sciences
Phone: 250-853-3941
Email: soscalum@uvic.ca