Lyndsie Bourgon

I'm an author, oral historian, National Geographic Explorer, and fellow of the Explorers Club and Royal Canadian Geographical Society. My work focuses on environmental oral history, with a particular focus on working class and community experiences of conservation, deindustrialization, and community land management. My first book, Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in North America's Woods, relied on oral histories from tree poachers with family history in the Pacific Northwest's logging industry, and was a New York Times Editors' Choice. I have also worked as an oral historian for organizations including Tk'emlups te Secwepemc, the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park, and Know History.


I have a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of King's College, and an MLitt Environmental History from the University of St Andrews. I have been working as an oral historian since 2017, when I completed my first project on the Shetland Islands. I have since worked as an oral historian with the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc band council and museum (2017-2019), independently and for the National Geographic Society (2019-present), and at historical services firm Know History (2023-present).


Interviewing, transcription, outreach, data management, archiving, report writing, training.


Regions Available for Work

Other Regions: British Columbia|| Nova Scotia|| Canada|| Scotland

Purpose of Contact

  • I am available to answer questions, or provide mentorship to other oral historians
  • I am available for hire - as an oral historian, consultant, presenter, educator, or related services
  • I am available to collaborate - on research, community projects, artistic endeavors, or other joint undertakings with peers
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