Angela Kruger


MSc. Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University

I was raised on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) First Nations (in Vancouver and Tsawwassen, British Columbia). Prior to graduate school, I studied literature and political science at the University of Victoria and then worked for a number of years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). This experience led me to my master’s thesis project, which explores how the dead and disappeared of the DTES’ Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs) continue to live on in the neighbourhood, even despite ongoing colonial violence, the most recent iterations of which include the dis-appearance and death of people in the DTES as a result of rapid gentrification and fentanyl-laced opioids.

Currently, I am living back in Vancouver—‘in the field,’ so to speak—for my thesis research. Here, I have been volunteering with the DTES SRO Collaborative and the Tenant Overdose Responses Organizers (TORO) program, as part of both my own research methodology as well as that of The Right to Remain, a SSHRC-funded project for which I’m working part-time as a Research Assistant. Largely because of my training in literature and political science, and my experience prior to graduate school, my thesis project is shaped significantly by story, critical theory, and community-based work.

For ‘non-academic work’:

For collaborative—that is, with Nicole Yakashiro (UBC)—work:“Being Trespassers” from the Landscapes of Injustice Scholarship and Activism Forum and ““you aren’t nice”: On kinship, home, and being angry” from Nikkei Images