Sarah Carr-Locke, PhD

Director, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Culture and Heritage Division, Government of the Northwest Territories

Research Statement

As a museum anthropologist, I am currently interested in putting museum and anthropological theory into practice through my work at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. My academic and research interests include Museum theory and policy, Indigenous archaeology, community-based research methods, Indigenous representation, Canadian culture and heritage policy, and Northwest Territories culture and heritage. I am an Adjunct Professor in the Archaeology Department at Simon Fraser University.

Research Program in the NWT

My role as Director of Culture and Heritage as well as the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre involves directing and supporting a wide range of humanities and social science research activities across the territory. These include (but are not limited to): NWT archaeology and geographic place names research, ethnographic research, material culture studies, archival and historic research, and community-based exhibit work. I participate in research, writing, and student supervision as time allows.

Significant Contributions

Carr-Locke, S. 2015. Indigenous Heritage in Public Museums: Exploring Collaboration and Exhibition in Canada and the United States. PhD Dissertation, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. []

Carr-Locke, S. (curator) 2018. They Took Care of Us: Special Constables in the NWT (museum exhibit/website/travelling exhibit), Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT.[]

Carr-Locke, S. and Nicholas, G. Working Towards Greater Equity and Understanding: Examples of Collaborative Archaeology and Museum Initiatives with Indigenous Peoples in North America. In Museums and Archaeology. Edited by R. Skeates. Leicester Readers in Museum Studies, Routledge. pp. 608-616.

Carr-Locke, S. (curatorial contributor) 2016. This Land is Our Home: Wıìlıìdeh Yellowknives Dene (museum exhibit), Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NT.