Dr. Erin Millions, Postdoctoral Fellow

Faculty of Arts

Dr. Erin MillionsDr. Erin Millions is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the project “Indigenous Histories of Tuberculosis in Manitoba, 1930s-1970s”. (Photo supplied)

Hometown:  Nipawin, SK

Bachelor of Arts:  BA in History from USaskatchewan

Masters of Arts:  MA in History from USaskatchewan

Doctor of Philosophy: PhD in History from UManitoba

Past awards:  SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Fellowship (Newberry Library, Chicago), Best Dissertation in Canadian Studies 2018, Canadian Studies Network

Dr. Erin Millions is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the project “Indigenous Histories of Tuberculosis in Manitoba, 1930s-1970s” at the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Millions completed her PhD in History at the University of Manitoba in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Adele Perry. Her research interests include the histories of children and families, colonialism in Canada and the wider British Empire, material culture studies, and Indigenous peoples. Her doctoral dissertation examines the education of mid-nineteenth-century Indigenous fur trade children in Canada and Britain, and demonstrates both the mobility of Indigenous fur trade children between Rupert’s Land and Britain and the extensive kin networks that underwrote that mobility.

Dr. Millions’ current research project with the Indigenous Histories of Tuberculosis in Manitoba responds to the requests of Indigenous community members for assistance in locating missing loved ones who did not return home from treatment for tuberculosis at Indian hospitals and sanatoriums. She is working to sort out the administration of death and burial at Dynevor Indian Hospital Selkirk (1940-1958) and Brandon Indian Sanatorium (1947-1959). The goal of this project is to locate the archival records related to death and burial of Indigenous child patients in an effort to better assist Indigenous communities and family members who are searching for missing patients. As part of this project, she is working with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to assess the records that the NCTR has gathered on Indian hospitals and sanatoriums in Manitoba.

Other projects
Dr. Mary Jane McCallum and Dr. Erin Millions are also working in co-operation with the Manitoba Lung Association (formerly the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba) to conduct a social media-based Photo Naming Project that will attempt to identify unnamed Indigenous men, women, and children in photographs from Manitoba Indian hospitals and sanatoriums, collect stories and memories surrounding the photos, and share copies of the photos to individuals and communities. They aim to translate this knowledge-gathering into online content and a curated display.

Dr. Millions is also interested in material culture as sources for children’s and Indigenous histories. She has just finished writing a paper on children’s gravestones/burial sites and archival photographs as sources for assessing kinship and the transnational histories of Indigenous fur trade families and children. She also continues her research on the circulation of Metis women’s beadwork and artistry throughout the British Empire.