New Work by History professor, Dr. Travis Hay

Dr. Hay is a historian with Lakehead University's History department and Indigenous Learning department who specializes in Canadian federal Indian policy and settler colonialism. He is also a Lakehead University alumnus with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in History.

He began researching the hunger strike in 2019 and he's written a book – The Science of Settler Colonialism – that will be released in September 2021 by the University of Manitoba Press.

"I study archival records," says Dr. Hay, "but these can only tell half of the story."

The Science of Settler Colonialism authored with respected Elder Terri Redsky Fiddler, from Sandy Lake First Nation, chronicles medical experiments on First Nations in the 1900s.

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Lakehead University’s Journey online magazine featured a brief of Dr. Hay’s research into the Sandy Lake Five and the Hunger Strike of 1988, lead by then Chief Josias Fiddler, head of Sandy Lake First Nation. You can read the full article here, The hunger strikers who fought for basic health care by Tracey Skehan (Spring 2021).

Read more in APTN National News online, about Dr. Hay’s continuing work and research, written by Sarah Nelson Thunder Bay professor bucks family trend, does his part to deliver reconciliation to city (March 14, 2021).