Madeline is currently completing an M.A. in human geography at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Curve Lake community and a citizen of the Nishinaabeg nation. Madeline’s research examines Nishnaabeg mobility in the densely settled context of South-Central Ontario by paddling traditional harvesting routes. She uses a mixed methodology, considering the colonial land regime through western legal and social lenses alongside Nishnaabeg understandings of land and water. Her hope is to contribute to collective Nishnaabeg knowledge by exploring the contemporary landscape and the practicability of Nishnaabeg land-based practices in her home territory.
In 2014 Madeline completed a B.A. Honours in Native Studies from the University of Alberta. Her Honours research considered the role of gardening in continuing land-based relationships in Curve Lake. After moving back to her home territory in 2014, and joining Sarah Wakefield’s team she has had the opportunity to work even more closely with her community. Madeline confronts the layered geographies in her home territory on a daily basis, and she uses this lived experience to inform both her community and academic work.