Anika is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Her passion for indigenous affairs in Canada and work with a local elder facilitating Kairos Blanket Exercises led to her introduction to Dr. Castleden and the HEC lab in her first year at Queen’s. She is looking forward to being a part of the lab over the next few years and exploring connections between her fields of study and those of the lab.
Arthi is a first-year student in the Cultural Studies Ph.D. program at Queen’s University. Her academic interests revolve around Environmental-Social Justice, education and Art. Specifically, how the Radical Black Tradition, Indigenous Knowledges and Decolonization can inform anti-oppressive education systems. The central question guiding MY Ph.D. thesis project is: how can participatory art education be used as a tool to explore, refuse and critique complex topics such as settler colonialism and racial capitalism with a focus on land/environment? Furthermore, how does this type of informed-artistic exploration benefit students? With a focus on Critical Land Literacy (CLL) defined as “a critical consciousness and understanding of land that centers Indigenous Knowledges and presence, while recognizing the ways in which the past and present co-constitute each other. CLL requires the critique of ongoing settler-colonial and capitalist practises that normalize white hegemony and the dispossession, exploitation and destruction of land and indigenous peoples way of life” (Hampton & DeMartini, 2017, p.253). Taking up the call to foster CLL and building on my Master’s research about the pedagogical and emancipatory potential of art (art-based research/ participatory art education).
JR has a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University, specializing in historical and political geography. His academic interests include interrogating Canadian colonial institutions and power structures. His recent research investigates Ontario Parks, political culture, environmental management, and Indigenous land dispossession in the 19th century. At the HEC Lab, JR has worked on projects dealing with CIHR funding models and Indigenous health research, identity and research composition, and historical research related to colonial policy. He is also a singer-songwriter and visual artist.
Jodi is Mohawk from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory where she has been living and working as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for nearly 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from Trent University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from McGill University. Her academic interests include Indigenous
Health, Community Wellbeing, language and Healthcare Systems.
Samantha is a settler scholar pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Geography at Queen’s University, where she previously completed a Bachelor of Science. Her research interests include health equity, environmental justice, and public policy, especially related to the impacts of resource development on the health and well-being of Indigenous and
other marginalized communities.
Isaac is a (white) settler scholar currently completing his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, and joined the HEC Lab in September 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Religion and Culture. Isaac’s research is interdisciplinary and focusses on Indigenous-settler relations, settler colonialism, and the decolonization of Indigenous people living in Canada. Broadly, his research focusses on Canadian Indigenous social and cultural justice concerning healing and redress in the context of Indigenous-settler relations. Isaac is supervised by Dr. Heather Castleden and is looking forward to working with the HEC Lab as a graduate research assistant.
Alex is a white settler scholar and teacher in his first year as a PhD student and member of the HEC lab. His research interests include community-based participatory research, the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI), Indigenous-settler reconciliation, and the Pact for a Green New Deal (PGND).
Martina is a first year PhD student, joining the HEC lab in the fall of 2019. Martina has passionately been working to bridge understanding between Indigenous Knowledge and Western perspectives in the resource sector in Canada. Having graduated from Dalhousie university with Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies, and moved to South America shortly afterwards. Having done her Masters in International Peace Studies at Trinity College in Dublin, she focused on how to work towards solving the intersection of human rights and environmental issues through conflict reduction over resources and unsustainable development. From there her work has focused on Peace Process Design, Mediation, Training, Restorative Justice Circle Keeping, Conflict Analyst, and Reconciliation both at home in Canada and abroad. With the International Conservation Fund of Canada, Martina conducted ethnographic fieldwork research of Brazil’s Indigenous tribe the Kayapo who protect the largest portion of intact natural rainforest in the world. Her work focused on an examination of how the urbanization and development of the Amazon is affecting Indigenous Communities as well as the ecology and conservation of the land. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and is working on her Haitian Creole. She believes through mutual understanding, creative problem solving and shared responsibility we can begin to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Having travelled to 42 countries across the globe all of her experiences, studies, and work have shaped her passion to make the world a better place. She looks forward to putting all her energy and experience this into her PhD work with the HEC lab.
A SSHRC funded doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University, Paul’s doctoral research explores the changing landscape of urban governance and land-use planning in the context of assertions of Indigenous jurisdiction and land rights over, and in, urban spaces. In particular, he is interested in the political work accomplished by discourses of reconciliation and enactments of private property in post Tsilhqot’in Canada. Paul continues to be fortunate in having many patient and generous teachers, guides, and mentors to support him through this work.
Castleden, H., Hart, C., Martin, D., Harper, S., Cunsolo, A., Sylvestre, P., Day, L., Stefaneli, R. (2017). Implementing Indigenous and western knowledge systems in water research and management (part 2): Interviews with collaborative teams to overcome the limitations of literature reviews to inform water policy in Canada. International Indigenous Policy Journal (In press).
Castleden, H., Sylvestre, P., Yeung, S. (2017). “I honestly don’t think I learned anything about Indigenous peoples”: Understanding medical school preceptors’ and students’ knowledge and attitudes towards Indigenous peoples and Indigenous health. (Prepared: target journal- Medical Education)
Sylvestre, P., Castleden, H., Martin, D., & McNally, M. (2017). “Thank you very much… You can leave our community now.”: geographies of responsibility, relational ethics, acts of refusal, and the conflicting requirements of academic localities in Indigenous research. ACME: A Critical E-Journal of Geography
Research Program Manager
Marc has been working with the HEC Lab since the autumn of 2015. Since then, Marc has worked with Heather, Vanessa, and Jon on the ‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’ research project. His Masters work focused on examining archival documents held by Huu-ay-aht First Nations to gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern treaty negotiation process. In doing so, the research not only looks to provide greater understanding into the process itself, but also to gain insights into how Huu-ay-aht First Nations negotiated Treaty successfully. Marc defended his thesis in October of 2017, and has since transitioned into the role of Research Program Manager for the HEC Lab.
Dr. Diana Lewis
Diana Lewis is Mi’kmaq from Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, and holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree. Her PhD research focuses on resource development, and the impacts of resource development on the health of Indigenous peoples, using a methodology that combines both Indigenous and western-based sciences. For the past seven years, her research has focused on the impacts that a pulp and paper mill has been having on the health of Pictou Landing First Nation. Government has never investigated the health concerns of the community, despite the community being exposed to contaminants for 50 years. The community had no baseline health data to evidence how the community has been impacted over the years. Together, with the women of the community, Lewis developed an environmental health survey to collect data for the community , using a methodology guided by the principle of Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, which calls upon researchers to approach research using Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge, drawing upon the strength of both approaches. Diana is Co-Director of the A SHARED Future (Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development) research program.
Dr. Jeff Masuda
Dr. Jeff Masuda is a human geographer trained in the sub-discipline of health geography as well as the interdisciplinary fields of health promotion and population health. He is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University and holds a joint appointment in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Department of Geography. His graduate studies focused on health and sustainable transportation (MSc) and community participation in environmental governance (PhD). Between 2010 and 2014 Jeff was the recipient of an esteemed CIHR New Investigator Award in Knowledge Translation and he is the founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Health Equity.
Vanessa Sloan Morgan
Vanessa has worked primarily within Heather and Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ longstanding research partnership since 2010. During that time, we have focussed on the modern treaty process to create digital stories with Huu-ay-aht youth and to highlight how relationships between modern treaty signatories shift during the first years of treaty implementation through the ‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’ research project. Having completed a doctoral degree at Queen’s in 2017, Vanessa is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia. She continues to work with the Huu-ay-aht and Heather on co-designed research projects.