Graduate Resources

A Resource for Graduate Students

Many graduate students not directly affiliated with the Historical GIS Laboratory make use of resources found here. Occasional users come from History, Geography, Native Studies, Environment and Sustainability, and other disciplines. Just a few examples include:

Liam Haggarty


When his supervisor, Dr. Keith Carlson, hired the Historical GIS Laboratory to undertake a significant digitizing project, Liam was able to make use of the maps and datasets created to enhance his research for a dissertation entitled “A History of Indigenous Systems of Sharing and the Rise of Social Welfare in Western Canada.” The Lab also designed and prepared maps that Liam published in a journal article and an atlas plate.

Victoria Lamb-Rover


Victoria’s dissertation explores the dominant social memory of ParticipACTION and how this organization shaped Canadians’ perception of what constitutes a physically fit body, how Canadians react to government involvement in their physical lives, and the role of Cold War sports fanaticism in propelling this 30-year project of ‘biocitizenship’.

Using a clipping collection of all ParticipACTION newspaper coverage across Canada and overlaying this dataset with city/town records pulled from the 1971 Census of Canada, Victoria used the HGIS Lab to employ Historical GIS mapping to prove that ParticipACTION focused its media coverage in newspapers that targeted large urban centres and white, English-speaking Canadians at the direct detriment of First Nations, Northern, rural, and racialized immigrant communities. As a federal organization, ParticipACTION’s failure to reach a diverse audience actively contributed to the further marginalizing of many Canadians already disadvantaged by the social determinants of health.

Natalie Ludlow


Natalie is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the University of Saskatchewan, where she is writing a dissertation entitled “Historical Population Health: Spatial Morbidity and Mortality Patterns of Two Canadian Communities, Halifax and Hamilton, 1881-1911.” Dr. Geoff Cunfer is on her advisory committee and supervised one of her comprehensive exams on historical GIS.