My scholarship is situated at the intersection of health, justice and the land. As a settler scholar I focus on creating decolonial solidarities through knowledge mobilization. I am currently focusing on the following broad themes.
COLLABORATIVE & COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESEARCH
HEALTH JUSTICE AND TERITORIALITY
SETTLER COLONIALISM & DECOLONIALITY
Healing with the land
My work assesses how Indigenous care practices centred on presence on the land are deployed locally and the intersection with struggles for justice that support flourishing Indigenous territorialities. I focus on community-based initiatives that engage in protection and preservation of ecosystems by employing a health/wellness analysis, as well as new patterns of urban presence. I am particularly interested in exploring and developing land-based applications in urban contexts as a way of reinscribing Indigenous presence and history in urban design and planning.
Governance and policy
I am interested in community and civil society participation in public policy and governance with a focus on cultural safety, determinants of health, and gender analysis. My work has included, cultural teachings and practices that inform planning and programming in mental health and addictions (and its link with restorative justice programs), food sovereignty and Indigenous food systems, capacity building and life-long learning, interdisciplinary and interagency service provision, and increasing local capacity for health system governance.
I explore emerging patterns of Indigenous-settler solidarities with a focus on knowledge mobilization and social justice, especially in respect to university-community interactions, collaborative community-driven research and relational ethics. I focus on research-creation as a mode of knowledge transmission that incorporates Indigenous storytelling and oral history as well as Indigenous pedagogies and life-long learning perspectives. A connected interest is the role of academics as allies and accomplices that align with Indigenous decolonial priorities.