Alec Jacobson

Photographer, Writer
Location: South Vancouver, Vancouver
Nationality: American
Biography: Alec Jacobson is a photographer and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, who likes to dive deep into slow-moving stories.  Drawing on his studies in Anthropology, French and Arabic at Amherst College, he prefers to be the only... read on
Media News
Connections to Kith and Kin - The Globe and Mail
alec jacobson
Feb 3, 2021
Location: Vancouver
For generations, the Canadian government perpetrated what many refer to as genocide against indigenous people, actively breaking apart families and traditions through generations of war, displacement and reeducation programs like residential schools. Along the way, the government kept records of indigenous people that are often more extensive and invasive than those kept on non-Indigenous Canadians. Those records are publicly available but difficult to navigate, so the Vancouver Public Library and the Library and Archives Canada created the Connections to Kith and Kin program to help indigenous community members navigate the archives to collect the broken links of their lineage and piece them back together. Some participants come with binders of information and some with only their own names. 

When I shot this story last spring, I didn’t realize that it would be the last time I would gather with a group of strangers in 2020. I flied it the Friday before COVID shut Canada down. The program has now, fortunately, moved online.
I wrote and shot this story for The Globe and Mail.

How Indigenous people and Vancouver librarians are redrawing family trees that colonialism nearly erased
Through the Connections to Kith and Kin program, Indigenous people cut off from their families can enlist the help of professional archivists to sort through Library and Archives Canada records for clues to their pasts

Also by Alec Jacobson —

Media News

I Wrote A Story for National Geographic

By Alec Jacobson — I wrote a story for National Geographic about what will happen next with the Keystone XL pipeline now that..

A-1, The Globe and Mail

By Alec Jacobson / Array — The floral industry is looking rosy after a gloomy 2020 helped sales blossom As the world spiralled and we..
Media News

Featured in Dodho Magazine

By Alec Jacobson — A selection of my photos are featured in Dodho Magazine.   Chasing spirits in Old Mexico by Alec..
Media News

'Zombie' Oil Wells For The New York Times

By Alec Jacobson / Alberta, Canada — For the last couple months, I've been digging into this story.  In Alberta, a backlog of almost..

Outtake From My Everesting Story Runs in The Times

By Alec Jacobson
Media News

Everesting for The New York Times

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver, BC — I rode my bike up and down Dinky Peak a gratuitous number of times for The New York Times. How to Cycle Up..
Media News

Romanza Gym in Athleta Magazine

By Alec Jacobson — Romanza Gym: spartani e vincenti - Athleta Magazine Romanza Gym: spartani e vincenti. Viaggio visivo nella..

My First Photo In National Geographic Magazine

By Alec Jacobson — Get a taste of Peru’s hot potatoes Industrialized agriculture has threatened the diversity and..
Events News

Langara Photography Masters Lecture

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver, BC — Tonight, I was supposed to give a lecture at Langara College as part of their Photography Masters Series..

Heading South for The Globe and Mail

By Alec Jacobson / Array — I published a short travelogue and a large spread of pictures in The Globe and Mail about the time that I..

Vancouver Climate Strike

By Alec Jacobson / vancouver

The American Scholar: Works in Progress - Heritage Ranching

By Alec Jacobson / Pueblo, Colorado — I did not make Phi Beta Kappa in college, so I'm particularly tickled that the society's magazine,..

National Geographic: Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake

By Alec Jacobson / Uganda — National Geographic just published a story that I've been following for quite a while about the..

National Geographic Travler: Peruvian Palate

By Alec Jacobson / cusco, peru — My first feature for National Geographic Traveler just hit the racks!
Join us
For more access