Meet the Team

Heather Castleden
Rob Stefanelli
Jonathan Aarssen
Priscilla Aprontni
Kelly Bannister
Cheryl Bartlett
Jamie Baxter
Amy Bombay
Oliver M. Brandes
Simon Brascoupe
Kate Cave
Dan Christmas
Ashlee Cunsolo
Sarah de Leeuw
Barbara Dumont-Hill
Ron Glass
Margo Greenwood
Sherilee Harper
Chris Henderson
Amy Hudson
Troy Jerome
Derek Kornelsen
Irving Leblanc
Diana Lewis
Shaun Loney
Dave Lovekin
Greg Lowan-Trudeau
Lydia Ma
Warren Mabee
Debbie Martin
Jeffrey Masuda
Kim Matheson
Matt McCandless
Theresa McClenaghan
Rod McCormick
Faisal Moola
Andrew Moore
Michele-Lee Moore
Joseph Moses
Amy Nahwegahbow
Emma Norton
Ken Paul
Merrell-Ann Phare
Gordon Planes
Emily Root
Chantelle Richmond
George Russell
Naomi Simmonds
Hannah Tait Neufeld
Lisa Te Heuheu
Sonia Wesche
Jerry White
Wanda Wuttunee
Lisa Young

Heather Castleden


Nominated Principal Investigator

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities

Associate Professor- Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Heather has rich experience in leading/co-leading large teams, including (for example) a recently completed national study on integrative Indigenous and Western Knowledge for Water Research and Management (funded by the Canadian Water Network NCE), involving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nations from across the country, and as a Principal Investigator with the multi-million dollar NEAHR Network (Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program). She has worked extensively with Indigenous peoples across Canada. She will provide Programmatic administrative and intellectual oversight, lead one Project, co-direct Field Schools, and be ex officio on all Governance Committees.

Twitter: @H_Castleden

Rob Stefanelli


Rob Stefanelli

Project Coordination Staff

Research Coordinator, Health Environment and Communities Lab – Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Rob joined the HEC Lab in 2014 as a Master’s student in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University. Upon completion of his degree, Rob has taken on the role of research coordinator for the HEC Lab, and will serve as the first point of contact for the many folks that are collaborating on the A SHARED Future research program.

Jon Aarssen

Jonathan Aarssen

Project Coordination Staff

MA Student – Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Jon is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Geography and is co-supervised by Heather Castleden. Jon has interests in Indigenous historical and cultural geographies in Canada, and is an experienced photographer and videographer. Jon will be filming various aspects of our gathering in T’Sou-ke and creating a sharable video to increase project visibility.

PriscillaPriscilla Apronti

PhD Candidate – Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Priscilla Apronti is a PhD candidate commencing studies in fall, 2017 under the supervision of Heather Castleden at Queen’s University and is currently completing a Master of Environmental Studies degree at Queen’s. She has background in geography, development, sustainability and environmental studies and is currently investigating corporate social responsibility within the extractive industry using the environmental justice perspective and framework.

K BannisterKelly Bannister

Knowledge User; NGO Partner

POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

Kelly developed a life long interest in the ethics of biocultural research during her doctoral studies in ethnobotany and phytochemistry, working with Secwepemc Nation comthumbnail_CFGS Logomunities in the 1990s under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Turner.  She has been involved in community-based collaborative field research and education with a number of non-profit, Indigenous and community organizations ever since. Kelly has devoted much of her professional and volunteer time over the last two decades to evolving formal research ethics policy in ways that address power relations, justice, rights and responsibilities in cross-cultural
research relationships. Based out of Victoria, Kelly and Oliver Brandes will facilitate a partnership with the POLIS Project ( and Centre for Global Studies

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C BartlettCheryl Bartlett

Collaborator; Two-Eyed Seeing Expert

CRC in Integrative Science (retired); Order of Canada

Professor Emeritus, Institute for Integrative Science & Health- Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia

Cheryl held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Integrative Science from 2002 until she retired as Emerita in 2012, working closely with Indigenous (Mi’kmaq) Elders on transdisciplinary research initiatives informed by both Western science and Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing. As an invited Senior Advisor to our Team, she has been instrumental in the development of our proposal and will serve on our International Advisory Committee.


J BaxterJamie Baxter


Professor & Associate Dean Graduate Affairs- Western University, Ontario

As a health geographer, Jamie’s research examines environmental health hazards and risks, and examines risk perception within community settings.  He brings his expertise and experience understanding communities living with wind turbines including opportunities for leveraging parallel case studies in his SSHRC-funded Meaning of Community Wind Energy (MOCWE) project.

Amy Bombay 

Assistant Professor- Dalhousie University, Nova ScotiaUntitled

As an Anishinaabe kwe researcher (Rainy River First Nations), BOMBAY investigates the determinants and interrelationships between various aspects of Indigenous well-being through mixed methodologies. Much of her research has focused on how past collective experiences of stress and trauma are linked with contemporary indicators of health and wellness.


O BrandesOliver M. Brandes

Knowledge User; NGO Partnership

Co-Director & Water Sustainability Project Lead, POLIS Project

Associate Director, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

Oliver is an economist and lawyer by training and a trans-disciplinarian by design. He serves as Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Associate Director at Centre for Global Studies both at the University of Victoria, among other priorities he leads the POLIS Water Sustainability Project. His work focuses on water sustainability, sound resource management, public policy development, and ecologically based legal and institutional reform. Oliver and Kelly will act as representatives for the POLIS Project partnership.

Simon Brascoupé

Collaborator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper *Elder

Adjunct Research Professor & Former Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Advisory Board

As an invited Chair of the International Advisory Committee BRASCOUPÉ will contribute to the development of the advisory meeting agendas (bi-annually), attend one-on-one meetings with Dr. Castleden, and help advise the program’s directions and approaches. Contribution: $22,500 in-kind (6 business days/year over 5 years).

K CaveKate Cave

Knowledge User; Indigenous NGO Partner

Project Manager – Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

CIER is a national non-profit Indigenous environmental organization that has partnered with over 300 First Nations communities on over 450 CIER Logo Full HQenvironmental projects. CIER has committed CAVE, an experienced project manager, to serve as a Knowledge user and to actively engage in program and research objectives, share knowledge, create ‘Communities of Practice’ to disseminate findings, and review final materials. Contribution: $25,000 in-kind over 5 years.


Dan Christmas

Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper; Indigenous Organization Partner

Chair- Bras D’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) Committee

As an established leader in various capacities within the Mi’kmaw Nation of Nova Scotia, CHRISTMAS has been involved in ensuring that Mi’kmaw Aboriginal and treaty rights are recognized and implemented. He will liaise with the Team about CEPI’s development, a meeting space when visiting, and connecting to the CEPI management committee and steering committee. Representing his organization, Christmas will work with the Team to support Project #1, which will be taking place in his territory. Contribution: $15,000 in-kind over 5 years.

A CunsoloAshlee Cunsolo

Principal Investigator

Director, Labrador Institute of Memorial University, Cross-Appointment in Community Health & Humanities

Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists Member

Before becoming the Director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, Ashlee was the Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Healthy Communities and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Nursing and Indigenous Studies at Cape Breton University in Unama’ki/Cape Breton. For the past 10 years, she has been working with Indigenous communities and leaders across Canada on a variety of community-led and community-identified research initiatives. She has strong existing relationships with Inuit from Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut for her climate change research. She will co-lead one Project (#8), and support the activities of the Field Schools.

Twitter: @AshleeCunsolo


sarah_de_leeuw_fall_2015Sarah de Leeuw


Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program- University of Northern British Columbia, British Columbia

DE LEEUW’s award-winning research program explores the social determinants of health within a socialcultural, geographical, and health-humanities context. de Leeuw has established a strong reputation within the community health field and will provide her creative arts expertise as a member of Knowledge Translation Committee.

B Dumont-HillBarbara Dumont-Hill

Collaborator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper *Elder

Algonquin Elder- Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

A First Nations Algonquin born on the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Reserve, Barbara will provide advisory support and ceremonial services throughout the duration of this research project. She helped developed the program’s conceptual and methodological approach based on her traditional teachings of the four elements.

R GlassRon Glass


Professor of Philosophy of Education, Director CCREC- Centre for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, University of California, Santa Cruz. rglass@ucsc.eduwww.ccrec.ucsc.eduthumbnail_crecc-logo-vertical_small

GLASS is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee for his expertise in relational ethics and the philosophy of education. He will also provide an on-site ethics workshop at Field Schools, as well as help develop and share critical approaches to digital media and justice-driven collaborative research.

Margo Greenwood smallMargo Greenwood

Knowledge User Principal Investigator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper; Indigenous Health Organization Partner

Vice President of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Authority; Academic Lead- National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, British Columbia

Professor- University of Northern British Columbia

As an established Cree scholar, GREENWOOD will support learning opportunities, policy alternatives for achieving strength and wellness in the context of renewable energy, and partnerships to utilize both Indigenous and Western knowledge systems. Greenwood will also participate on the Knowledge Translation Committee, as a member of the International Advisory Committee, in annual events and activities, teleconferences and field schools, as well as collaborate on publications to be distributed through NCCAH. Contribution: $30,000 in-kind over 5 years.

thumbnail_Sherilee Head Shot 5 Sherilee Harper

Partner Co-Investigator

Assistant Professor- University of Guelph, Ontario

HARPER’s research investigates how climate change influences the relationships between weather, water, and Indigenous health in the North. She will support the activities of our northern-focused nascent Project #8 and provide critical epidemiological analysis on relevant data emerging from any/all of the Projects.

Twitter: @Sherilee_H


C HendersonChris Henderson

Knowledge User Principal Investigator; Partner

President- Lumos Clean Energy, 20/20 Catalyst Program

HENDERSON is a Clean Energy Advisor. He is offering his 20/20 Catalyst program as a Project for our program, sharing key messages from it, and pair research program trainees with his Catalysts and Mentors. Henderson will participate in knowledge translation activities (i.e. sharing findings across networks, contribute to special journal issues on topic, speaking at academic events).  Contribution: $20,000 with 50% in-kind contribution over 5 years.

Amy Hudson

Knowledge User; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Manager, Research, Education and Culture- NunatuKavut Community Council

The NunatuKavut Community Council is an elected governing body responsible for protecting the rights and titles of NunatuKavut land, water, and ice. HUDSON will co-lead the Black Tickle Project, participate in national meetings, and contribute to field schools. Contribution: $5000 in-kind over 5 years.

T JeromeTroy Jerome

Indigenous Partner; Knowledge User

President & CEO, Sen’ti Environmental & Indigenous Services

Troy is a citizen of the Mi’gmaq Nation, residing at Listuguj, Quebec. Mr. Jerome began his career in 1989 serving the Mi’gmaq Nation in the office of the Chief with the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG). He also served as Director of Operations, LMG, from 1995 to 2004. From 2004, Troy began to monitor the development of the Wind Energy industry taking hold in Gespe’gewa’gi. Seeing the vision of the Quebec government to install over 40% of the 4,000 MW of wind energy projects ($4.0 Billion in new investments) in the territory of his people, he pushed to have Chiefs and Councils demand that the Quebec Assembly discuss energy projects with the Mi’gmaq on a Nation-to-Nation basis. Troy will assist with one project on the East coast.

D KornelsenDerek Kornelsen

Principal Investigator

Research and Partnership Development Lead, MB First Nations for Aboriginal Health Research

Assistant Professor- University of Manitoba, Manitoba

Derek’s research examines differences between Indigenous and Western conceptions of land, the impacts of resource development on traditional relationships with land and Indigenous wellbeing. As an expert in policy analysis, he will develop a nascent project and other opportunities for leveraging this program with his recently funded $2.5 million, 7-year SSHRC Partnership Grant on hydro development impacts on Indigenous Nations.

Irving Leblanc

Indigenous Advocacy Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Director – Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Services, Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

The AFN will provide policy advice to the team over the course of the program, particularly in relation to Obj #4. LEBLANC will also provide relevant materials and contacts from within the AFN, review and comment on program updates, and share the results of this work (e.g., press releases, briefing notes, social media, etc.). Contribution: $5000/year x 5 years = $25,000 in-kind over 5 years.

D LewisDiana Lewis

Principal Investigator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Lecturer/Program Coordinator (Indigenous Studies Programme)- Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

Diana, although a New Investigator by academic standards, has worked with multiple First Nations directly, as well as many Indigenous political organizations, federal government agencies, and program delivery organizations in Canada over 30 years. She will co-lead one Project and assist in the design/analyses of health impact research across Projects.

shaun loneyShaun Loney

Indigenous NGO Partner

Director of Development- Aki Energy

Aki Energy has committed to providing an in-person representative to team meetings, one or more Field schools, and general research project/activity participation. Most substantially, LONEY will co-lead Obj #4 (critical policy analysis of institutional and governance structures), and co-organize a workshop, webinar, and/or a podcast to support research sharing. Aki Energy will also host a summer or graduate student, review summaries of annual reports, and help prepare press releases and briefing notes for distribution. Contribution: $10,000/year x 5 years = $50,000 over 5 years.


D LovekinDave Lovekin

Knowledge-User; NGO Partner

Senior Analyst- Pembina Institute

Pembina Institute, a strong advocate and leader of clean energy systems, will facilitate engagement with past participants of its ‘Renewables in Remote Microgrids’ conference for data collection purposes associated with one Project, as well as support the design of intersectoral gatherings and knowledge exchange.


G Lowan TrudwUGreg Lowan-Trudeau

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor*- University of Calgary, Alberta

LOWAN-TRUDEAU, originally from Moh-kíns-tsis (Calgary) in the Treaty 7 region of southern Alberta of Métis, Norwegian, and Swiss-German descent with family roots across the prairies and eastern woodlands. Greg is well versed in Indigenous science and traditional ecological knowledge and primarily conducts research that explores intercultural and Indigenous environmental education, activism, and the socio-cultural aspects of renewable energy development. As an experienced educator, he will serve as the Academic Lead for our Transformative Field Schools, and will co-lead one Project (#5).

(*Associate Professor effective July 1st, 2017)

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lydia maLydia Ma


Manager- National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health

Continuing Education Director- UBC School of Population and Public Health

MA is the Manager of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). She has participated in the proposal development workshop and will conduct program-related knowledge translation initiatives through the use of their social media and online (i.e. website and electronic news) platforms, as well as their webinar series.

thumbnail_Mabee_HeadshotWarren Mabee

Co-Investigator; Academic Partner

Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation

Associate Professor & Department Head- Queen’s University, Ontario

MABEE’s cutting edge research in renewable energy development and implementation has shaped policy and innovation in Canada and beyond. He will contribute expertise to each Project in the realm of public policy. The Department of Geography and Planning (Mabee: Dept. Head) is providing student stipend support and meeting logistics support. Contribution: $100,000 over 5 years.

DMartinDebbie Martin

Principal Investigator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Canada Research Chair (Nominee) in Aboriginal Health

Associate Professor- Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

MARTIN has received national recognition for her research with NunatuKavut communities around issues of oral health, water security, food sovereignty, and health needs assessment. She has worked extensively with Mi’kmaq communities, as well as Indigenous organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level. She will co-lead one Project (#6) from her home region and support the design of youth-focused knowledge translation products.

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Jeffrey Masuda

Principal Investigator; Knowledge Translation Expert and Sex/Gender Champion

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity

Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity – Queen’s University, Ontario

Jeff is both the Chair of our Knowledge Translation (KT) Committee and one of two Sex/Gender Champions on our team. In his capacity as KT chair, Jeff will encourage the team to reflect critically on their individual and group relationship between knowledge and power, endeavouring to ensure the program contributes to health equity gains through institutional and professional reflexivity, decolonization, and promotion of Indigenous autonomy. As Sex/Gender co-Champion, he will guide the team toward gender and sex balanced approaches in research design, analysis, and knowledge translation. Finally, Jeff will also lead in efforts to explore linkages between Indigenous renewables and autonomy in relation to processes of urbanization.

Twitter: @CEHE1


K MathesonKim Matheson


Research Chair in Culture and Gender Mental Health, Jointly held at The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research and Carleton University (Neuroscience), Ottawa, Ontario

MATHESON is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee, given that her scholarship strongly aligns with the program’s objectives of health equity and community-led approaches to achieving positive change. Matheson will also offer opportunities for network and knowledge exchange through her multidisciplinary team of researchers working on a newly-funded SSHRC Partnership Grant on Indigenous youth resilience and prosperity.


Twitter handle: @Diversity_Prof

Matt McCandlessMatt McCandless

Knowledge User; NGO Partner

Executive Director, IISD-ELA

After the CIHR Strengthening Workshop, Castleden reached out to IISD-ELA about their efforts in reconciliation and healing. As a result, IISD-ELA will work with the Team to support a Project which will be taking place in the region. In the meantime, IISD-ELA will send at least one representative to attend the Field Schools and national meetings, and contribute to knowledge translation with their networks.


Theresa McClenaghan

Knowledge-User; NGO

Executive Director & Council- Canadian Environmental Law Association

MCCLENAGHAN has 30+ years of environmental law experience. As a regular CIHR peer-reviewer, she has already contributed significantly by reviewing multiple drafts of the proposal. CELA’s position as part of a large network of legal, environmental protection, and environmental health focused organizations can assist with knowledge translation and uptake of research. She will be our legal expert overseeing input on developing jurisprudence in Canada on the duty to consult and conflicts around Court adjudication and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Rod McCormickRod McCormick


Dr. Rod McCormick (Kanienkehaka-Mohawk) is a Full Professor and BC Government endowed Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Thompson Rivers University. Before moving back to his partner’s home community of T’Kemlups  te Secwepemc, Rod was a psychologist and counselling psychology professor at the University of British Columbia for 18 years. Rod has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 30 million dollars  worth of funded research studies in Indigenous health. Dr. McCormicks research focuses on community capacity building in mental health and research as well as on the reclamation of traditional forms of healing including the utilization of nature in healing.


Faisal MoolaFaisal Moola

Knowledge User Principal Investigator; Partner

Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada- David Suzuki Foundation (DSF)

Faisal is a leader in Canadian environment and wildlife protection, assisting in efforts to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest and establish Canada’s first urban National Park. He will provide staff (himself or another member of his team) to further define research projects and to offer technical advice. Through the DSF’s established social media platforms, Faisal is committed to substantial knowledge translation initiatives. Costs to bring Indigenous speakers to the 2019 Indigenous Health Conference will be covered.

Andrew MooreA Moore

T’Sou-ke Nation Liaison

RIBA – Special Projects Manager – T’Sou-ke Nation, BC.

Andrew is an architect – specializing in community development. He has worked A Moore Logoextensively with all levels of government, the private sector and grass roots organizations in the UK, Canada, and Africa for over 30 years. For the past 10 years, he has worked for the T’Sou-ke Nation on the West Coast of Vancouver Island developing a range of projects to support the Nation’s long term sustainability.



M MooreMichele-Lee Moore

Academic Partner

Associate Professor, University of Victoria – Geography

Michele-Lee is interested in issues that are specific to water governance, but also uses water as a lens to explore a broader range of social, political, economic, and ecological problems. Her research focuses on governance innovations and transformations that aim to build social-ecological resilience. Although typically based in Victoria, and currently a visiting scholar with the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden, Michele-Lee joins us as an academic partner.

J MosesJoseph Moses

Collaborator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Director of Community Development- Biigitigong Nishnaabeg Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation

Joseph has extensive experience as a business development manager, corporate marketing officer, and currently as the director of community development for the Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation. He has provided the team with important guidance drawn from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and he has committed to provide support and assistance to research project objectives.

A NahwegahbowAmy Nahwegahbow

Knowledge User Principal Investigator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper; Indigenous NGO Partner; Sex/Gender Champion

Senior Project Manager- Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC Pathways PEKE)

With extensive experience in conducting epidemiological research with First Nations, Amy is one of two Sex/Gender Champions, and will serve as a member of the Knowledge Translation Committee as well as a member of the International Advisory Committee. Amy will advance culturally-relevant gender-based and intergenerational analyses across all six of the program objectives.

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Emma Norton


Ecology Action Centre

Emma is a graduate of the University of King’s College with a combined honours degree in Environment, Sustainability, and Society, and International Development Studies. Motivated by social justice and climate change, she strives for a fossil fuel free electricity grid in Atlantic Canada, where energy is affordable for all. She works to create grassroots momentum to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to increase energy literacy.

K PaulKen Paul

Indigenous Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Director of Fisheries and Integrated Resources – Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APC)

Ken is member of the Maliseet First Nation at Tobique, NB (Wolastokiyik Neqotkuk) and is a senior director with the APC – a policy research and advocacy secretariat for 30 First Nations Chiefs and communities across the Atlantic and Gaspé regions. The APC focuses on partnership and cooperation, policies and legislation, dialogue and education, and reconciling the treaty relationships with Canada. Ken – thumbnail_APC logowho has worked with Dr. Castleden for 7 years – will participate in national gatherings and serve as an educator for the Field Schools. Ken will serve on the advisory and sub-committees given the strong focus of this research program in the Atlantic and Gaspé regions. Research findings will complement ongoing APC initiatives and partnerships and Ken will ensure strong participation and contributions from research partners in the Atlantic region.



M PhareMerrell-Ann Phare

Knowledge User; Partner

Executive Director and Legal Counsel, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Merrell-Ann is a lawyer and the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources. She is the author of the book ‘Denying the Source: the Crisis of First Nations Water Rights’ and co-author, with Robert Sandford, of Ethical Water. She recently completed negotiation, on behalf of the Government of the NWT, of transboundary water agreements in the Mackenzie River Basin. She is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) and Smart Prosperity. She regularly speaks on water issues and First Nations. Her graduate work focused on Indigenous water rights in the context of international trade agreements.

G. PlanesGordon Planes

Indigenous Government Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Chief & Solar Director- T’Sou-ke First Nation, BC

Chief Planes has offered the T’Sou-ke Nation as a Project site for the program given its existing involvement in Indigenous-led solar energy development. Chief Planes has also offered to co-host a field school and annual gathering for the program to strengthen the knowledge base of T’Sou-ke and other First Nations. In addition, T-Sou-ke Nation will connect community Elders, youth, and intersectoral partners with the project.


E RootEmily Root

Co-Investigator, Academic Partner

Assistant Professor, Community Studies- Cape Breton University

While Emily is an early career researcher and recent addition to the team, she is a seasoned educator who facilitates collaborative learning in community-based contexts. Her research focuses on decolonizing education, Indigenous-settler relations and reconciliation, and Indigenous Land-based pedagogies. A faculty member at Cape Breton University, Emily is also appointed to the Unama’ki College Research Group, whose mandate is to facilitate respectful community-university research partnerships. Emily brings a passion for outdoor experiential learning and has extensive experience leading urban and remote field schools. Emily will co-lead one project in the Atlantic region.

C RichmondChantelle Richmond

Principal Investigator

Chantelle is an Anishinabe scholar (Biigitigong Anishinabe) whose research is framed by community-based approaches that aim to understand how Indigenous health is affected by processes of environmental dispossession.  She seeks to support Indigenous communities in re-establishing their Indigenous Knowledge systems, and co-developing strategies that affirm their  rights and responsibilities to land and to one another.

GeorgeRussellGeorge Russell

Indigenous Government Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Manager- NunatuKavut Community Council

NunatuKavut Community Council, through RUSSELL, has a long-standing relationship with the research team as manager of natural resources and environment. Representing his organization, Russell will work with the Team to support Project #6, which will be taking place in his territory.

Naomi Simmonds

Collaborator; Indigenous Resource Management Researcher/Advisor

Ngati Huri, Raukawa

Lecturer- The University of Waikato, New Zealand

SIMMONDS is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee, she will share high-level expertise on program objectives from the New Zealand context. Simmonds has committed to reviewing and commenting on team updates throughout the year, and will attend one in-person meeting (i.e. Field School, National Gathering, or Team Meeting).

H Tait NeufeldHannah Tait Neufeld

Principal Investigator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Assistant Professor- University of Guelph, Ontario

Hannah’s research investigates the nutritional health and traditional food knowledge of Indigenous peoples on a national and global scale. Here she will co-lead one Project, looking at the nexus between renewable energy development, agri-food/food knowledge and production, and these impacts on community health and wellbeing.


Lisa Te HeuheuLisa Te Heuheu

Collaborator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper; Private Sector

Environmental Consultant

TE HEUHEU is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee. Her experience as a Māori environmental consultant will provide the program with rich expertise related to Indigenous natural resource management, planning, policy, and research in the Aotearoa/New Zealand context. This will provide an opportunity for international knowledge exchange of cross-cultural natural resource management strategies.

S WescheSonia Wesche

Co-Investigator, Academic Partner

Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

Assistant Professor- University of Ottawa, Ontario

Sonia is an environmental health researcher whose projects explore vulnerability, adaptation, and food security themes. She has substantial experience working with Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon, and so she will support the activities of our northern-focused nascent Project.

Jerry White

Academic Partner

Director- Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) (APRCi)

The APRCi has offered to provide unlimited access to their social networking platform for data exchange and meetings, store research findings in Indigibase (searchable database), and promote research findings through a special edition of their journal (International Indigenous Policy Journal). WHITE also expressed interest in mentorship opportunities for graduate students. Contribution: $25,000 in-kind over 5 years (special edition and Indigibase costs).

W WuttuneeWanda Wuttunee

Collaborator; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Professor, Department of Native Studies- University of Manitoba, Manitoba

WUTTUNEE is pleased to join this project in a Collaborator role. She brings vital knowledge about Indigenous economic development to the team and will also serve on the International Advisory Committee. Wuttunee (and Richmond) is connected to a nation-wide network of researchers focused on poverty reduction, which provides the program with the opportunity to engage with partners in the context of renewable energy development. Wuttunee’s expertise will be applied to all six of the program’s objectives.

Lisa Young

Indigenous Non-Profit Partner; Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Executive Director- Unama’ki Institute for Natural Resources (UINR)

UINR is committed to supporting project meetings, gatherings, and knowledge exchanges, as well as participating as attendees and educators at field schools. UINR is also committing to knowledge sharing and educational initiatives for youth to enhance the strength and success of the research program. Contribution: $5000 in-kind over 5 years.