Hugh R. Brody

Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
Renewed: 2011-10-01
University of the Fraser Valley
Social Sciences and Humanities


Coming to Canada From


Research involves

Examining and critiquing land use and Aboriginal rights research methodologies, and attempting to define how Aboriginal youth view their future prospects.

Research relevance

The research is helping Canadians better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the research on which the modern treaty process is based.

New Directions for Old Problems

As the modern treaty process unfolds, an enhanced and sophisticated understanding of the troubled relationship between Aboriginal and Euro-Canadian communities is needed in order to prepare the groundwork for future partnerships and agreements.

Anthropologist, filmmaker, and social philosopher Hugh Brody is carrying out research that will help further a better understanding between these communities. With more than 25 years of research and advocacy in the field of Aboriginal land use and Aboriginal rights, Brody is ready to take this research and its application in a new direction - connecting it to Aboriginal youth and the challenges of community development.

Brody has played a central role in many key projects that established a basis for understanding Aboriginal claims. His work among the Inuit and Beaver Indians, as well as with the Gitksan Wetsuweten people helped create what has become known as the Land Use and Occupancy method - a way of using maps and peoples' own stories to account for their history on the land.

As the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies, Brody is drawing together threads of research and experience from a diversity of cultures in order to push land claims and rights research in new directions. Of particular interest to him is the role played by Aboriginal youth in the development of their communities. Brody's work in Aboriginal communities is helping to teach a new generation to do research for themselves and their communities - teaching them to tell their own stories and to discover for themselves what is important and necessary to create sustainable communities.