Angela Kruger


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

I am settler who 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). Now at Queen’s University for my master’s, I study on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory (Kingston, Ontario).

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, broadly speaking, explores the interface of life and death in the DTES. More specifically, I am interested in glimpsing the political relations between people currently living in the neighbourhood, and people who have died or been disappeared from the DTES.

Currently, I am living in Kingston—after eight months of living ‘in the field,’ so to speak, for my thesis research. In Vancouver, I volunteered 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. As I move into the analysis phase of my project, I am seeing how my training in literature and political science, as well as my experience prior to graduate school, is shaping my thesis project, in which narrative, critical theory, and a community-based approach continue to guide me.

For a copy of my Master’s Thesis:

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