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Our Committees2018-08-22T11:06:12+00:00

Our program of research is governed by a number of integral committees that provide transparency, accountability, and responsiblity

The A SHARED Future program of research is eternally grateful to Elder Barbara Dumont-Hill for agreeing to fulfill the role of Team Elder, and to lead us in conduct our research program in a good way.

About:

Barbara Dumont Hill

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 program. She helped developed the program’s conceptual and methodological approach based on her traditional teachings of the four elements.

The Programmatic Steering Committee (PSC) is comprised of eight members that each serve as the Principal Investigator on one or more projects, and are affiliated with a Canadian academic institution. The PSC is the primary governing body for A SHARED Future on all non-financial matters (The Executive Body), and is bound to the terms of reference found here.

Members:

Heather

Heather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities & Director, Heath, Environments and Communities Lab – Queen’s University, Ontario

About:

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.

Twitter: @H_Castleden

Website: heclab.com

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Working Towards Energy Security, Self-Determination, and Reconciliation Through Indigenous Community Engagement
  2. Indigenous Women in Renewable Energy: An Invitational Research Gathering(s) to Share Stories
  3. A SHARED Future 2018 Summer Institute: Renewing Our SHARED Energy in Eastern Canada

Diana

Diana Lewis

Pro-Tem Co-Director

Western University, London Ontario

Assistant Professor – Western University, Ontario

About:

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.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Renewable Energy Initiatives in Eastern Canada: A Case Study of Tobique First Nation

Mary Beth Doucette

Cape Breton University, Sydney Nova Scotia

PhD Candidate

About:

Mary Beth is a Mi’kmaw who has excelled as a scholar, obtaining a SSHRC Canada graduate scholarship during her graduate studies at CBU. Her graduate research in the MBA focused on community economic development in First Nations, examining the role of cultural tourism. She engaged in primary research with Elders and band administrators at Membertou in regards to a proposed Heritage Park. She is a dedicated community volunteer which, combined with her background in industrial engineering and community economic development, made her a strong addition to the management group at Membertou as Director, Quality Assurance and ISO Compliance..

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI)

Debbie

Debbie Martin

Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia

Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health
Associate Professor – Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia

About:

Debbie 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.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Getting Off Diesel in NunatuKavut
  2. A SHARED Future 2018 Summer Institute: Renewing Our SHARED Energy in Eastern Canada

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Jeff Masuda

Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity; Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Environmental Health Equity – Queen’s University, Ontario

About:

Jeff is one of two Sex/Gender Champions on our team, and the Knowledge Translation (KT) Champion. In his capacity as KT champion, 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.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Institutional Readiness for Exploring Gendered Dimensions of Research
  2. Engaging Youth Leaders in Conversations about Renewable Energy

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Chantelle Richmond

Western University, London Ontario

Director of the Indigenous Health Lab at Western University; Associate Professor – Western University, Ontario

About:

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.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Using Run-of-River Hydro in Biigitigong Nishnabeg

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Emily Root

Cape Breton University, Sydney Nova Scotia

Assistant Professor – Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia

About:

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.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI)
  2. A SHARED Future 2018 Summer Institute: Renewing Our SHARED Energy in Eastern Canada

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Hannah Tait Neufeld

University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario

Assistant Professor – University of Guelph, Ontario

About:

Hannah is an emerging Indigenous health scholar, educated primarily in the fields of nutrition and public health, with training in a wide range of disciplines such as geography, First Nation studies and international development. Thus far in her academic career, she has been involved in multidisciplinary and collaborative research with Indigenous women focused on the determinants of food choice and chronic disease prevention. Hannah also has experience working in international nutrition policy and evidence-based guideline development with the World Health Organization. Her current research interests continue to focus on health inequalities, taking into consideration community interests, along with environmental and other factors influencing maternal and child health, along with Indigenous food systems globally.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Visioning to a Solar City by T’Sou-ke Nation
  2. A SHARED Future 2018 Summer Institute: Renewing Our SHARED Energy in Eastern Canada

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The International Advisory Committee is comprised of academic scholars, private consultants, and organizational representatives from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and The United States. This committee meets bi-annually via teleconference, where participants share their regional-specific experiences through round table discussions on various topics, as well as providing general updates to the research team. The minutes for the teleconferences are available, here.


SimonSimon Brascoupé

Chair

Carleton University, Canada

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

Simon Brascoupé Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and Trent University.  He was recently designated Certified First Nations Health Manager (CFNHM) from the First Nations Health Manager Association. He has a research interest in land based healing, traditional medicine and traditional knowledge.   He conducts research and writes on cultural competency and safety. He has written and worked in the field of traditional knowledge and intellectual Property Rights.  He is the Chair of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Advisory Board. Previously Simon Brascoupé was Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization; Director, Primary Health Care Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada; and Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Environment Canada. Simon was invited to fill the role of Chair for the International Advisory Committee based on his tremendous experience in leadership and facilitation roles, and close connection to the Program Team members.


Cheryl

Cheryl Bartlett

Vice-Chair

Cape Breton University (Professor Emeritus), Canada

CRC in Integrative Science (retired); Order of Canada Professor Emeritus, Institute for Integrative Science & Health – Cape Breton University.

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. Cheryl was invited to fill the role of Vice Chair for the International Advisory Committee based on her senior advisory status and foundational knowledge of Two-Eyed Seeing – a pillar of the A SHARED Future program.

Website: www.integrativescience.ca


HeatherHeather Castleden

A SHARED Future Team Lead

Queen’s University, Canada

Canada Research Chair in Reconciling Relations for Health, Environments, and Communities & Director, Heath, Environments and Communities Lab – Queen’s University.

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


RonRon Glass

Committee Member

University of California, Santa Cruz, United States of America

Professor of Philosophy of Education, Director CCREC- Centre for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California – University of California, Santa Cruz.

Ron focuses his work on education as a practice of freedom and on ideological (trans)formation, giving particular attention to the role of education in developing a just, pluralistic democracy. He also investigates school reform in low-income, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse communities, and published a book with Pia Lindquist Wong that examines a six-year project that linked school reform in such communities with the transformation of teacher preparation: Prioritizing Urban Children, Teachers, and Schools through Professional Development Schools. Ron will 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. Ron is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee for his expertise in relational ethics and the philosophy of education.

rglass@ucsc.eduwww.ccrec.ucsc.edu


MargotMargo Greenwood

Committee Member

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, Canada

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, Margo supports 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 for the A SHARED Future team. In addition to her role on the International Advisory Committee, she also serves on the Knowledge Translation Committee, and participates in annual events and activities, teleconferences and field schools, and collaborates on publications to be distributed through NCCAH. Margo is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in the Indigenous health realm.


SarahSarah Harney

Committee Member

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Pathways PEKE Project Coordinator, Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Sarah is one of two Sex and Gender Co-Champions (Jeff Masuda) for the A SHARED Future team. She is an Anishinaabe researcher, with experience in program management, community-based research, and culturally-relevant gender based analysis. She is currently managing the Pathways PEKE program at the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and is one of the two sex/gender champions on this project. She is interested in how decolonizing our relationships with the land, can play a role in revitalizing the connection between land, culture, health and gender for Indigenous peoples. She is looking forward to helping advance culturally-relevant gender based analysis across the various a SHARED future projects. Sarah is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in Indigenous health, particularly in consideration of culturally-relevant sex and gender-based analyses.


ChrisChris Henderson

 Committee Member

Lumos Clean Energy, Canada

President, Lumos Clean Energy.

Chris is a Clean Energy Advisor. He has offered his 20/20 Catalyst program as a Project for our program, which includes sharing key messages from between programs, and pairing research program trainees with his Catalysts and Mentors. In addition to serving on the International Advisory Committee, Chris’ main role will be to participate in knowledge translation activities (sharing findings across networks, contributing to special journal issues on topic, and speaking at academic events). Chris is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee due to his experience in renewable energy, and working with communities on small-scale initiatives.


RichieRichie Howitt

Committee Member

Macquarie University, Australia

Professor, Acting Head of Department, Department of Geography and Planning – Macquarie University.

Richie’s work on Native Title has integrated consideration of legal and social issues into consideration of reconfiguring various administrative and planning systems to allow statewide recognition of Native title as a basis for transforming Aboriginal participation in the processes of governance in that state. This work is widely seen as taking the lead in a new approach to resolution of cultural and racial conflict over native title. Richie is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in Native title negotiations in South Australia.


JayJay Johnson

Committee Member

University of Kansas, United States of America

Associate Professor; Associate Chair of Geography & Atmospheric Science Director, C-FIRST – University of Kansas.

Jay joined the A SHARED Future team as a result of his research interests in the broad area of Indigenous peoples’ cultural survival – specifically in regards to the areas of resource management, political activism at the national and international levels and the philosophies and politics of place which underpin the drive for cultural survival. Jay is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in environmental and Indigenous research.


KKim Matheson

Committee Member

Carleton University, Canada

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

Kim’s scholarship area includes health, with a particular consideration of culture and gender – both of which are integral facets of A SHARED Future. She 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. Kim is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on the close alignment of her scholarship and the program’s objectives of health equity and community-led approaches to achieving positive change.

Website: carleton.ca/diversity


Michele-LeeMichele-Lee Moore

Committee Member

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre; Associate Professor, University of Victoria.

Michele-Lee’s research seeks to build and mobilize knowledge about social innovations – ones that allow us to transform and build positive paths towards social-ecological-cultural resilience. Primarily, she has focused on topics of transnational and local water governance, social innovation, and transformation. In each of these domains, she has aimed to build new theoretical constructs and conduct empirical case study analyses, as well as undertake projects that begin to bring these fields together. However, beyond her water governance research, she also collaborates with scholars to examine case studies in other domains to gain insights on social innovation and transformation. Although typically based in Victoria, Michele-Lee is currently a visiting scholar with the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden. Michele-Lee is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in natural resource governance and resiliency research.


GordonGordon Planes

Committee Member

Chief, T’Sou-ke Nation, Canada

Chief & Solar Director – T’Sou-ke First Nation.

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. He 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. Chief Planes is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee due to his experience in championing T’Sou-ke Nation in renewable energy, and becoming the first Indigenous Solar City in Canada.


ReneeRenee Pualani Louis

Committee Member

University of Kansas, United States of America

Affiliate Researcher, Institute of Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas.

Renee joins the A SHARED Future team as a Hawaiian woman and an Indigenous cartographer passionate about Hawaiian storied place names, cross cultural ethical research standards, and advocating the integration of Indigenous spatial knowledge systems with Western geosciences. She believes that Indigenous wisdom has long held steadfast in the margins of society. Elders have watched in silence or were silenced as consumer driven economics ravaged lands, waters, and skies. Academia and science has played an active role in ensuring the knowledge of our ancestors remained ghostly whispers. It is time to bring Indigenous voices front and center. It is time to move beyond the politics of science where recognizing those realities that lie beyond the realm of our senses is not a debate about belief systems, so much as an examination of alternative methodologies. It is time to acknowledge the multiplicity of experiences that contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live. Renee is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her research on Indigenous experiences and the synergies between her work and Two-Eyed Seeing.


NaomiNaomi Simmonds

Committee Member

Waikato University, New Zealand

Lecturer & Senior Researchers, Waikato University.

Naomi is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee, she will share high-level expertise on program objectives from the New Zealand context. She 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). Naomi is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in gender and Maori environmental research.


PeterPeter Sly

Committee Member

University of Queensland, Australia

Professor, University of Queensland; Director, Children’s Health and Environment Program; Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment.

Peter is the Director of both the Children’s Health and Environment Program, and  the WHO Collaborating Centre for Children’s Health and Environment. He is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and a paediatric respiratory physician with extensive research experience in respiratory physiology, developmental immunology and children’s environmental health. Peter joins the A SHARED Future team as the chairman of the board of directors for the Pacific Basin Consortium for the Environment and Health, and has offer this consortium as a Knowledge Translation opportunity for our program. Peter is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on his experience in environment and health research.


LisaLisa te Heuheu

Committee Member

Environmental Consultant, New Zealand

Independent Consultant; Director, Te Wai Māori

Lisa’s 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. Lisa is an invited member of the International Advisory Committee based on her experience in environment and health research.


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The Executive Body represents the final decision-making body for all financial matters as they relate to A SHARED Future. Principal Investigators will submit proposals to the Programmatic Steering Committee for review, and once satisfactory, the proposal and budget will be sent to the Executive Body for financial review and approval. The Executive Body is comprised of 4 voting members plus the Continuing Co-Director (Dr. Heather Castleden) as a non-voting member (unless needed to break a split vote). The 5 total positions include:

  1. The Continuing Co-Director (ex-officio), Heather Castleden;
  2. The Pro Tem Co-Director (who shall serve as Chair), Diana Lewis;
  3. A Member of the Programmatic Steering Committee, Jeff Masuda;
  4. A Doctoral Student Representative, Mary Beth Doucette;
  5. An Organizational Partner Representative, Ken Paul.

HeatherHeather Castleden

Continuing Co-Director

Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario


MaryBeth

Mary Beth Doucette

Graduate Student Representative

Cape Breton University, Sydney Nova Scotia

Mary Beth has been nominated and agreed to take the position of Graduate Student Representative on the Executive Committee. Mary Beth will serve in this role from March 2018 – March 2019.


Ken paul 150Ken Paul

Organizational Partner Representative

Director of Fisheries at Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, Halifax Nova Scotia

Ken has been nominated and agreed to serve as the organizational partner representative on the executive body. Ken will serve in this role until December 2018, with option for renewal, or until new nominations for executive committee members are requested.

As per our terms of reference, the Programmatic Steering Committee reserves the right to call to order ad-hoc committees when necessary to address specific challenges as they relate to A SHARED Future. The following list will continue to expand as committees are called.

Summer Institute Planning Committee, 2018

Members:

Dr. Heather Castleden, Queen’s University

Dr. Debbie Martin, Dalhousie University

Dr. Emily Root, Cape Breton University

Dr. Hannah Tait Neufeld, University of Guelph

 

Relational Ethics Committee, not yet called to order

Members:

To be determined

 

Knowledge Translation Committee, not yet called to order

Members:

To be determined