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Our Team2018-08-22T11:06:19+00:00

Our Interdisciplinary Team Includes: Indigenous Elders, Academics, and Community, Government, and Organizational Representatives from Around the World!

HeatherHeather Castleden

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

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Diana Lewis

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

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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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Amy Hudson

NunatuKavut Community Council, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland

Manager – Research, Education, and Culture

About:

Amy Hudson is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary department at Memorial University and holds an MA from the University of Victoria, BC. Originally from Black Tickle, Labrador in the NunatuKavut territory, she works with, and for fellow Southern Inuit to inform discourse as it relates to Inuit society and the Canadian Land Claims Process. She works with academic and community researchers in the areas of Southern Inuit history and identity, and is enlightening the knowledge base of Southern Inuit culture through the lens of Southern Inuit women

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Getting Off Diesel in NunatuKavut

Stan Johnson

Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI), Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

CEPI Coordinator

About:

[biography forthcoming]. Stan Johnson is the coordinator of the Bras d’Or Lakes CEPI project.

Affiliated Projects:

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

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Derek Kornelsen

Rootstalk Resources, Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

President

About:

Derek’s research background includes the examination of differences between Indigenous and Western conceptions of land, the impacts of resource development on traditional relationships with land and Indigenous well being.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Working Towards Energy Security, Self-Determination, and Reconciliation Through Indigenous Community Engagement

Tanna Pirie-Wilson

Neqotkuk Maliseet Nation, New Brunswick

CEO of Band Operations

About:

Tanna graduated from the University of New Brunswick, and spent over 15 years working for the Federal Government. Currently, she is the CEO of Band Operations in her home community

Affiliated Projects:

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

Chief Gordon Planes

T’Sou-ke Nation, British Columbia

Chief – T’Sou-ke Nation

About:

Gordon Planes is the chief of T’Sou-ke Nation on the south coast of Vancouver Island. Gordon’s traditional name is Hya quatcha, named after his great grandfather from Scia-new, the salmon people. Elected Chief of the T’Sou-ke nation for the past 7 years and previously, a position of the Back country operations manager of the West Coast trail for Parks Canada. He is a Coast Salish carver, artist, traditional singer and a captain of T’Sou-ke traditional dug-out canoes for the last two decades. He is actively working closely with the community in renewable energy, food security, cultural renaissance, and economic development.

Affiliated Projects:

  1. Visioning to a Solar City by T’Sou-ke Nation

Lisa Young

Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources, Eskasoni, Nova Scotia

Executive Director

About:

Lisa is a trained biologist that graduated from York University, and spent the early part of her career working for the Federal and Provincial governments until taking a position at UINR. For six years, Lisa was UINR’s General Manager and Director of Administration before becoming Executive Director in 2006. As Executive Director, Lisa’s job includes assisting staff in project development and management, as well as participating in developing UINR’s overall objectives and direction.

Affiliated Projects:

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

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AKI Energy
All Grid Energy
Assembly of First Nations
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs
Bras d’Or CEPI
Biigtgong Niashnaabeg
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources
COPEH- Canada
David Suzuki Foundation
Ecology Action Centre
Environment & Climate Change Canada
First Peoples Group
IISD-Experimental Lakes Area
Lumos Clean Energy
McConnell Foundation
National Association of Friendship Centres
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Native Women’s Association of Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Nunatukavut Community Council
Pembina Institute
Pictou Landing First Nation
POLIS Project
Sen’ti Environmental & Indigenous Services
Shared Value Solutions
Tobique First Nation
TREC Renewable Energy Co-Op
T’Sou-ke Nation
Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources

Post-Doctoral Fellows:

Chad Walker

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Heather Castleden
Chad is a white settler who was raised in the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Ojibway/Chippewa (now St. Thomas, Ontario). After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis at Bowling Green State University in 2010, Chad went on to Western University where he completed his MA and PhD degrees in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Baxter. As a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, he studied wind energy policy and local development outcomes in non-indigenous rural communities in Ontario and Nova Scotia. His expertise in renewable energy policy and development, and passion for environmental justice is well served for his role within the A SHARED Future Program where he works with Dr. Heather Castleden to study Indigenous leadership in renewable energy development within Canada.


Sarah Rotz

Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Heather Castleden
Sarah currently works at the Department of Geography, University of Guelph. Sarah does work in Critical Theory, Political Ecology, and Critical Mixed Methods Research at the interdisciplinary intersection of human-environment relations (socio-ecologies), with a focus on land and food studies. Their doctoral research, completed in 2017, is ‘Digging into Industrial Food Systems: A Study of Socio-Ecological Diversity in Conventional Agriculture.’ Sarah is interested in joining the A SHARED Future program as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for the 2018-2019 year.


Doctoral Candidates & Students:

Priscilla Apronti

PhD Student

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Heather Castleden
Priscilla Apronti is a PhD student under the supervision of Heather Castleden at Queen’s University. She recently completed 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.


Jordan Carlson

PhD Student

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Warren Mabee
Jordan is a white settler PhD student at Queen’s University, who grew up on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation in Prince George, British Columbia. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in physics (minor in international studies) from the University of Northern British Columbia and a Master’s of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, where he was supervised by Dr. Michelle Adams. Jordan brings an interdisciplinary understanding of renewable energy technologies and energy policy to the A SHARED Future team. He is supervised by Dr. Warren Mabee, with Dr. Heather Castleden of A SHARED Future sitting on his committee.


Sophy Chan

PhD Candidate

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Jeff Masuda

Sophy is a sport sociologist and budding urban geographer interested in studying the intersection between sport mega-event legacies, housing rights, environmental justice, and the Right to the City. Currently, her research interests revolve around Olympic Games legacies as they pertain to environmental protection and sustainability and how they have touched down in informal and low-income neighbourhoods called favelas, in Rio de Janeiro. In the spring of 2018, she will be (briefly) relocating to Rio de Janeiro to conduct her fieldwork. Sophy will contribute to the A SHARED Future program through the exploration of Sex and Gender-Based Analysis (SGBA) as it is applied in renewable energy contexts.


Mary Beth Doucette

PhD Candidate

Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia


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. Mary Beth joins the A SHARED Future team as a PhD trainee at Cape Breton University, and will fulfill the role of graduate student representative on the Executive Committee within the Programmatic Steering Committee.


Erica Phipps

PhD Candidate

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Jeff Masuda

Motivated by her interest in Equity-focused Knowledge Translation (EqKT) and its potential to open up new solution pathways to the complex challenges that lie at the health-environment interface, in 2015 she embarked upon PhD studies in health promotion at Queen’s University, with Dr. Jeff Masuda as her advisor and supported by a Vanier scholarship. Her interests are focused on the exploration of EqKT practice and its impact on intersectoral collaboration, a research question that she will pursue within a real-world project called RentSafe, a CPCHE-led initiative that seeks to address housing-related health risks affecting low-income tenants. Erica will contribute to the A SHARED Future program’s eqKT components and serve as a valuable resource to other team members as they work towards incorporating eqKT in their individual projects.


Master’s Candidates

Emily Beacock

Master of Environmental Studies Candidate

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia – Sup. Dr. Debbie Martin


Emily is currently completing her Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University, where she is working with Dr. Debbie Martin and the NunatuKavut Community Council to explore community- and culturally-appropriate renewable energy alternatives to diesel. She is interested in exploring the intersections of nature, well-being, and decolonization, especially how issues of environmental degradation, climate change and dispossession influence Indigenous community, governance and well-being. Emily is excited to do research that supports community resurgence, empowerment and sustainability, and to help find real solutions for communities in energy crisis.


Chantal Francour

Master of Arts – Geography Candidate

Western University, London, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Chantelle Richmond

Chantal has just finished up her Undergraduate Degree in Geography at Western University and will be starting her Masters there in the fall. She spent last summer working for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs but is looking forward to doing more research this upcoming summer. She completed an undergraduate thesis on Indigenous Cartography this year which introduced her to a whole new side of geography that she didn’t know existed. Through her thesis, her passion for Indigenous affairs grew and she cannot wait to see what she can do in her Masters to help communities.


Brianna Poirier

Master of Science – Applied Human Nutrition Candidate

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Hannah Tait Neufeld


Brianna is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies at Queen’s University, Brianna developed an interest in food security and sustainability. During her time at Queen’s, she worked with a community partner to tailor an online activity tool to the Kingston community. This experience fueled her desire to work in communities towards positive change. Broadly, Brianna’s research interests relate to the impact social determinants of health have on population health trends and inequalities. Specifically, her area of focus is on how local environments and food choice shape one’s health and the ways in which community-based interventions can impact these decisions. Brianna has always been passionate about Indigenous health and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project. She hopes that her portion of the proposed research will assist in sharing the community of T’Sou-ke’s achievements and the health impacts of their successes as a solar intensive community.


Undergraduate Students

Elissa Bozhkov

Honours Bachelor of Science (Complete) – Environmental Science

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario – Sup. Dr. Heather Castleden


Elissa completed her Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) Degree (with Honours) at Queen’s University. For her Honours Thesis project, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Heather Castleden through A SHARED Future, and sought to explore what ‘reconciliation and healing’ mean in the context of the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area.

A SHARED Future Research Program

The A SHARED Future research team is led by Heather Castleden, and managed by Robert Stefanelli. For inquiries about the program of research, please contact either Heather or Robert at the addresses provided below:

Castleden, Heather – Contact Heather for inquiries pertaining to the broader goals and objectives of A SHARED Future. Email

Stefanelli, Robert – Contact Robert with general inquiries, requests for further information, to discuss recruitment and training opportunities, or any other inquiries pertaining to A SHARED Future. Email

Directory

Aarssen, JonathanVideographer

Apronti, PriscilaTrainee, Queen’s University

Ardiel, JenniferGovernment Representative, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Bannister, KellyKnowledge User, POLIS Project University of Victoria

Bartlett, Cheryl Collaborator, International Advisory Committee Vice-Chair

Baxter, JamieCo-Investigator, Western University

Beacock, EmilyTrainee, Dalhousie University

Bennett, MeghanGovernment Representative, Project Partner, Natural Resources Canada

Bombay, AmyCo-Investigator, Dalhousie University

Bozhkov, ElissaTrainee, Queen’s University

Brandes, OliverKnowledge User, POLIS Project University of Victoria

Brascoupé, SimonCollaborator, International Advisory Committee Chair

Castleden, Heather – A SHARED Future Team Lead, Programmatic Steering Committee, International Advisory Committee

Cave, KateKnowledge User, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Carlson, JordanTrainee, Queen’s University

Chan, SophyTrainee, Queen’s University

Christmas, DanIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Chair – Bras d’Or Lakes CEPI

Cunsolo, AshleeCo-Investigator, Labrador Institute of Memorial University

de Leeuw, SarahCo-Investigator, University of Northern British Columbia

Dumont-Hill, BarbaraElder, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

Dupont, DianeCo-Investigator, Brock University

Fraser-MacDonald, NicholeIndigenous NGO Partner, Shared Value Solutions

Freedman, GuyFacilitator, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, First Peoples Group

Gerrard, PaulineNGO Partner, Experimental Lakes Area

Glass, RonCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, University of California Santa Cruz

Graham, CatherineIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, International Advisory Committee, National Association of Friendship Centres

Greenwood, MargoIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, International Advisory Committee, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

Harper, SherileeCo-Investigator, University of Guelph

Harney, SarahIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Sex and Gender Co-Champion, International Advisory Committee, Native Women’s Association of Canada

Henderson, ChrisKnowledge User, International Advisory Committee, Lumos Clean Energy Canada

Howitt, RichieCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, Macquarie University Australia

Hudson, AmyIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, NunatuKavut Community Council

Jerome, TroyIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Sen’ti Environmental & Indigenous Services

Johnson, JayCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, Kansas University United States of America

Johnson, StanIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Bras d’Or Lakes CEPI

Johal, HarpreetNGO Partner, David Suzuki Foundation

Kirk, SaraCollaborator, Health Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

Kornelsen, DerekProject Partner

Leblanc, Irving (Bing)Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Advocacy Partner, Assembly of First Nations

Lewis, Diana (Dee)Principal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, Dalhousie University

Lipp, JudithNGO Partner, TREC Renewable Energy

Loney, ShaunIndigenous NGO Partner, AKI Energy

Lovekin, DaveNGO Partner, Pembina Institute

Ma, LydiaCollaborator, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health

Mabee, WarrenCo-Investigator, Queen’s University

Martin, DebbiePrincipal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, Dalhousie University

Masuda, JeffPrincipal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, Queen’s University

Matheson, KimCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, Carleton University

McCandless, MattNGO Partner, Project Partner, Experimental Lakes Area

McClenaghan, TheresaNGO Partner, Canadian Environmental Law Association

McCormick, RodCo-Investigator, Thompson Rivers University

Mercer, Nick – Trainee, University of Waterloo

Moore, AndrewCommunity Project Manager, Project Partner, T’Sou-ke Nation

Moore, Michele-LeeCo-Investigator, International Advisory Committee, Stockholm Resilience Centre Sweden

Moses, JosephIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Biigitigong Nishnaabeg

Mushquash, ChrisCo-Investigator, Lakehead University

Norton, EmmaNGO Partner, Ecology Action Centre

Ouart-McNabb, PamelaNGO Partner, McConnell Foundation

Parker, Paul – Project Partner, University of Waterloo

Parkes, MargotCo-Investigator, University of Northern British Columbia

Paul, AndreaChief of Pictou Landing First Nation, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

Paul, KenIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs

Phare, Merrell-AnnNGO Partner, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Phipps, EricaTrainee, Queen’s University

Pirie-Wilson, TannaIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Tobique First Nation

Planes, GordonChief of T’Sou-ke Nation, Project Partner, International Advisory Committee

Poirier, BriannaTrainee, University of Guelph

Pratt, RaymondCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, All Grid Energy Australia

Pualani Louis, ReneeCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, Kansas University United States of America

Quesnelle, Melissa – Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Indigenous Women in Renewable Energy 

Richmond, ChantellePrincipal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, Western University

Root, EmilyPrincipal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, Cape Breton University

Rotz, Sarah – Trainee, University of Guelph

Russell, GeorgeIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, NunatuKavut Community Council

Simmonds, NaomiCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, University of Waikato New Zealand

Sly, PeterCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, University of Queensland Australia

Smith, Peggy Collaborator, Lakehead University

Speiran, RachelIndigenous NGO Partner, Shared Value Solutions

Stefanelli, Robert – A SHARED Future Program Manager

Summers, MaureenCollaborator, Health Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

Tait Neufeld, HannahPrincipal Investigator, Programmatic Steering Committee, University of Guelph

Te Heuheu, LisaCollaborator, International Advisory Committee, Consultant New Zealand

Walker, Chad –  Trainee, Queen’s University

Webb, JenniferNGO Partner, Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health

Wesche, SoniaCo-Investigator, University of Ottawa

White, Jerry Collaborator, Western University

Wuttunee, WandaCollaborator, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, University of Manitoba

Yano, SherryNGO Partner, David Suzuki Foundation

Young, LisaIndigenous Knowledge Keeper, Project Partner, Unama’ki Institute for Natural Resources