about us

Areas of Expertise


  • Settler - Indigenous relations
  • Canadian history
  • British Columbia / Vancouver Island history
  • Public policy
  • Research project planning
  • Archives [government records; local history; genealogy; land records; audio/visual]
  • Natural resource extraction
  • Literature reviews


  • Report writing
  • Transcription
  • Grant writing


  • Statements of significance
  • Heritage and museum interpretation
  • Heritage registry and designation applications 





Kelly Black

I grew up on Vancouver Island and I am passionate about history and learning. I will be completing my PhD at Carleton University in October 2017 and I have taught Canadian and BC history at Vancouver Island University. I have served on various boards, most recently as a member of the City of Victoria's Heritage Advisory Panel, on the Executive of the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association, and as a director of the Friends of the British Columbia Archives. I am a published author and have worked for local museums, not-for-profits, public officials, and research organizations. My CV is available upon request. The "Walbran" in Walbran Consulting comes from Captain John T. Walbran (1848-1913), author of British Columbia Coast Names:

Like his surveys [Walbran] conducted historical research with painstaking thoroughness. He knew all parts of the coast from his work in the Quadra, but his extensive acquaintanceship with Indian chiefs, traders and missionaries, and the naval hierarchy at Esquimalt, provided plenty of original material. All sources were questioned and Walbran's correspondence at this period, both in British Columbia and abroad, was extensive (Appleton, BC Studies no. 5, Summer, 1970, p. 33)

Selected Publications & Conferences

Unsettling the Settlement Act. BC Studies Conference. May 4-6, 2017. Nanaimo, BC.

"Extracting Northern Knowledge: Tracing the History of Post-Secondary Education in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut." (2015). The Northern Review, 40.

Murphyao, A., & Black, K. (2015) "Unsettling Settler Belonging: (Re)naming and Territory Making in the Pacific Northwest." American Review of Canadian Studies, 45, 3.

Kennedy Dalseg, S., Rodon, T., & Black, K. (2015). Northern University Futures: Working Together to Develop a University in Inuit Nunangat. Prepared for the Inuit Nunangat University Organizing Committee.

Kennedy Dalseg, S., & Black, K. (2015). Inuit Nunangat University Workshop Report. Prepared for the Inuit Nunangat University Organizing Committee

"Review: Vancouver Island's Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway: The Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail and Shortline Years, 1949-2013 by Robert D. Turner and Donald F. MacLachlan." (2015). BC Studies, 184.

Rethinking Public Interpretation Around the Salish Sea. Salish Sea Ecosystems Conference. April 30 - May 2, 2014. Seattle, Washington.



Doctorate of Philosophy (School of Indigenous & Canadian Studies / Institute of Political Economy)

Master of Arts (School of Indigenous & Canadian Studies, specialization in Heritage Conservation)

Bachelor of Arts (History)