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 



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Kelly Black, PhD

I am passionate about history and learning, local history, and decolonial work.

I have taught Canadian and BC history at Vancouver Island University and 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 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)


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

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

Bachelor of Arts (History)