John Lutz: Changing lives through history


An expanded view of history is helping people discover their own story. One of John’s initiatives is operating a field school in which students and professor report their lives are being changed.

Since starting teaching at UVic, Dr. Lutz developed some community based research projects, particularly through the Coasts Under Stress project where he worked in the First Nations communities of Hartley Bay and Alert Bay and through the Ethnohistory Field School Course he co-teach every other year with the Sto:lo First Nation. He has also developed an interest in history and the new media and serves as co-director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History and director or partner in several history-oriented website projects. Inspired by the well-known Canadian historian Harold Innis, who thought that you could not understand the history of Canada without knowing the country and the wildlife, Dr. Lutz spends his “spare” time exploring the region: hiking the major hikes, canoeing the rivers, driving the roads. To view more of John Lutz’s thoughts