PhD (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Allan Downey is Dakelh, a member of the Nak'azdli First Nation, and an Assistant Professor in the Department. His current book project, The Creator’s Game, focuses on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from 1867-1990 to better understand Native-Newcomer relations and Indigenous identity formation. Utilizing a case study approach, ethno-historical methods, and placing an emphasis on community collaborations, Allan demonstrates that the history of lacrosse serves as a potent illustration of how identity is formed, reformed, and how at times competing interest groups attempt to claim a source of identity as their own.
As a historian specializing in Canadian and Indigenous history, Allan’s research and teaching interests include Indigenous identity formation, Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations, decolonization, resurgence, Indigenous political history, sport history, Indigenous epistemologies and research methodologies, as well as community-engaged methods. Beyond teaching, one of Allan's greatest passions is working with Indigenous youth and he splits his time volunteering for a number of Indigenous communities and youth organizations throughout the year.