ARTICLE – Story of Fat Documentary Highlights Changes in Arctic Environment

August 30th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ARTICLE – Story of Fat Documentary Highlights Changes in Arctic Environment)

Story of Fat Documentary Highlights Changes in Arctic Environment:

Dr. Chris Furgal makes use of video’s enduring impact as a means of sharing findings with a broader audience

Trent University News article to be viewed here

When communicating advances in research and study to a mass audience, taking your audience to places they have never been has always proven most effective.

When Dr. Chris Furgal, an associate professor with Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Studies program, and his colleagues, decided to share the findings of their extensive research on the relationships between environmental change, marine fats and Inuit health, they decided on the production of a documentary. The result was Utsuk: A Story of Fat, a documentary that outlines key aspects of the team’s research while exploring the value of the relationship that exists for Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples, between their health and that of their environment through their connection with foods harvested from both land and sea.

“In our early discussions about the research program and its various components, we identified the desire to do something more than only publish journal articles for the academic community,” explains Professor Furgal, who is also the co-founder/director of the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments.

“My sense is that storytelling of any form can do a great service to communicating the relevance of, and learning from, our research to a broader audience. Particularly for topics or regions which few have the chance to access, experience or see for themselves, video can be a powerful tool. Hopefully, the communication of this issue in the form of a video, highlighting the importance of Indigenous perspectives and knowledge, will help this information reach a larger number of people than were it to be solely communicated through traditional academic pathways.”

As one of three producers of UTSUK: A Story of Fat, Prof. Furgal came away from the experience with “a much greater appreciation” for those who are able to summarize complex research and related issues for a mass media audience. “There is far more involved in it than I ever thought,” he says.

» Learn more, and watch the full documentary

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

 

DOCUMENTARY – UTSUK: A Story of Fat (full-length)

August 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on DOCUMENTARY – UTSUK: A Story of Fat (full-length))

The UTSUK program was a research initiative funded through the International Polar Year, ArcticNet and Northern Contaminants research programs in Canada to look at the relationships between environmental change, marine fats and Inuit health and wellbeing in the Arctic. The project involved researchers in the environmental, health and social sciences working in collaboration with Inuit organizations, knowledge holders, hunters, Elders and communities.

The changes taking place and interactions between aspects of the Arctic environment and Inuit health and society were the impetus for the development of research aimed at understanding the nature, role and importance of marine fats in Inuit diet, and ultimately Inuit health, and how that may be changing in relation to a variety of different forces.

This video documentary introduces aspects of the research project and explores the larger topic of environmental, social and cultural change and health transition among Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples. It emphasizes the value of the relationship that exists for Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples, between their health and that of their environment through their connection with country foods harvested from the land and sea. Further, it discusses the challenges to and importance of maintaining aspects of a healthy diet in the context of a changing world.

Official release of UTSUK documentary film – August 9, 2016

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DOCUMENTARY – UTSUK: A Story of Fat (trailer)

June 17th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on DOCUMENTARY – UTSUK: A Story of Fat (trailer))

The UTSUK program was a research initiative funded through the International Polar Year, ArcticNet and Northern Contaminants research programs in Canada to look at the relationships between environmental change, marine fats and Inuit health and wellbeing in the Arctic. The project involved researchers in the environmental, health and social sciences working in collaboration with Inuit organizations, knowledge holders, hunters, Elders and communities.

The changes taking place and interactions between aspects of the Arctic environment and Inuit health and society were the impetus for the development of research aimed at understanding the nature, role and importance of marine fats in Inuit diet, and ultimately Inuit health, and how that may be changing in relation to a variety of different forces.

This video documentary introduces aspects of the research project and explores the larger topic of environmental, social and cultural change and health transition among Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples. It emphasizes the value of the relationship that exists for Inuit, and other Indigenous Peoples, between their health and that of their environment through their connection with country foods harvested from the land and sea. Further, it discusses the challenges to and importance of maintaining aspects of a healthy diet in the context of a changing world.

The 35 minute long video documentary can be viewed as part of the Culture Unplugged Online Film Festival until 8pm EDT on Friday, June 17th 2016, and will be available soon on our website: www.utsukfilm.ca

VIDEO – What is HEIC? 

February 25th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on VIDEO – What is HEIC? )

Dr. Chris Furgal talks about his Health, Environment and Indigenous Communities (HEIC) Research Group.

 

 

PUBLICATION – Trends and key elements in community-based monitoring: a systematic review of the literature with an emphasis on Arctic and Subarctic regions

February 9th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on PUBLICATION – Trends and key elements in community-based monitoring: a systematic review of the literature with an emphasis on Arctic and Subarctic regions)

Diana Kouril,ab Chris Furgal,bc Tom Whillansd

aSustainability Studies Graduate Program, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8, Canada.
bHealth, Environment and Indigenous Communities Research Group, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8, Canada.
cIndigenous Environmental Studies Program, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8, Canada.
dEnvironmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8, Canada.

Corresponding author: Diana Kouril (email: dianakouril [at] trentu.ca)

Full text here

Abstract: Community-based monitoring (CBM) is receiving much attention from the research community, particularly in Arctic and Subarctic regions of Canada and other circumpolar regions. Currently, there is a lack of understanding of the trends and patterns in its use within the literature and a documented need to improve environmental CBM efforts in the Arctic and Subarctic regions. A systematic literature review was conducted of CBM publications in peer-reviewed and grey literature to provide a synthesis of trends on the topic and to clarify key elements that are needed to operate an environmental CBM program in Arctic and Subarctic regions. Both sets of literature show a significant growth in the publication of CBM studies over time, with a high proportion of research taking place in North America and in the field of environmental sciences. More CBM studies are reported in connection to First Nations and Inuit groups, as compared to other Indigenous groups. Thirteen key elements of environmental CBM programs, commonly reported in the literature focused on Arctic and Subarctic regions, were identified in the analysis. Specifically, traditional and local ecological knowledge (TLEK) was a unique component highlighted in Arctic and Subarctic sources and a specific feature observed in studies focusing on Indigenous groups. The identification of such key CBM elements serves as a resource to guide current and future environmental CBM initiatives in northern regions and elsewhere. Future research on this topic should contrast and compare literature findings with existing environmental CBM programs and provide more case studies to show the process and utility of environmental CBM initiatives in the Arctic and Subarctic, particularly with use of TLEK and the ways to facilitate it within a CBM program.

Key words: community-based monitoring, Arctic, Subarctic, systematic literature review, Indigenous peoples.

ARTICLE – Trent Prof Receives 2015 Mentor Award from APECS and ArcticNet Students Association: Dr. Chris Furgal recognized for work with early career researchers

January 5th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ARTICLE – Trent Prof Receives 2015 Mentor Award from APECS and ArcticNet Students Association: Dr. Chris Furgal recognized for work with early career researchers)

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Dr. Chris Furgal, an associate professor of Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies at Trent University, has received the 2015 Mentor Award from the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and ArcticNet Students Association.

“It was a huge honour to receive the award and be recognized for an aspect of my work in the North that I truly love – working with and learning with and from my students and other young researchers,” said Professor Furgal. “I have been very privileged to have some great mentors during my undergraduate and graduate degrees and early stages of my career both at the University and in the Inuit communities and regions in the North with whom I work. I really just try to emulate the great example they have set for me in providing support, encouragement, guidance and access to opportunities to students and other young researchers so that they may create their own success.”

The award recognizes the time and energy that mentors dedicate to early career researchers working in the North, as well as their efforts in building a supportive community. Prof. Furgal, who is also the director of the Health, Environment and Indigenous Communities Research Group (HEIC) at Trent, accepted the award at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver.

Prof. Furgal was one of six nominees for the award. He was nominated by members of Trent’s HEIC research group, with letters of support provided by colleagues and community leaders across Canada. The mentor award review committee noted that Prof. Furgal’s nomination stood out among the six submissions, which were all of excellent quality.

Shirin Nuesslein, a research assistant and administrative coordinator of the HEIC group who helped spearhead the nomination said, “What makes Chris an incredible mentor to me is that he approaches everything he does through the lens of capacity building. He has a special perception for seeing the potential in individuals and the ability to gently guide us towards it with trust and encouragement and at a pace commensurate to our capacity.”

“Our professors get a lot of professional recognition for their research and academic work, but often the work they do behind the scenes goes unnoticed,” added Kristeen McTavish, a graduate student in the Sustainability Studies program and member of the HEIC group. “Chris works tirelessly as a mentor for all of his students and his colleagues and it was important for us to have that officially recognized.”

Dr. Furgal’s gift was a book, presented by the HEIC group, filled with photos and personal messages from more than 50 people across Canada who supported his nomination. “It’s up to the nominators to choose a gift and we thought such a book would be the most meaningful to give to him,” Ms. Nuesslein explained.  “It’s a very unique collection of memos and photos from a wide range of people including both mentees and mentors of Prof. Furgal.

Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015. Click here to view original article in Trent News.

ARTICLE – Chris Furgal wins APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award 2015

January 5th, 2016 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ARTICLE – Chris Furgal wins APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award 2015)

Article written by Mentor Award committee member, Nikolaus Gantner, and originally published here.

Dr. Chris Furgal, Associate Professor at Trent University (Peterborough, ON), won the APECS Canada-ArcticNet Student Association Mentor Award 2015.

The Mentor Award review committee received six nominations in September, which it assessed and ranked throughout the month of October. During two conference calls the committee reached a consensus-based decision.

Chris was nominated by his graduate students, while colleagues and community leaders provided a number of letters of support. His nomination stood out among the six excellent submissions, although the committee noted that all nominations were of excellent quality. You can learn more about Chris’s research here and about his Health Environment and Indigenous Communities Research Group here.

ChrisFurgalMentorAward2015Dr. Chris Furgal won the ehPECS-ASA Mentor Award 2015. Photo by Trent University.

Chris accepted the award during the ArcticNet ASM 2015 meeting banquet on Thursday, December 10th, 2015. Award Committee Chair Dr. Nikolaus Gantner (APECS Canada) and Rudy Riedlsperger (ArcticNet SA) introduced the awardee to the 700+ delegates.

During the ceremony, the inaugural winner of the award, Eric Loring (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami) was spontaneously invited on stage to hand over the prize, a photo book filled with pictures and messages from the supporters of his nomination, on behalf of those closely working with Chris (see below).

Mentor_Award-2_smallRudy Riedlsperger (ASA) and Dr. Nikolaus Gantner (ehPECS) introduce the Mentor Award at the ArcticNet ASM 2015 in Vancouver, BC. Photo: Maéva Gauthier/ArcticNet.

Mentor_Award-5_smallDr. Chris Furgal (third from the right) and his team of nominators celebrate the 2015 APECS Canada-ASA Mentor Award on stage. Photo by Maéva Gauthier/ArcticNet.

We would like to thank all individuals and organizations who contributed to the six nominations for this 2015 award competition.

A new Call for Nominations for the 2016 Mentor Award will be circulated in early 2016. We are currently looking for 2-3 Award Committee members. Please visit here to find out more about the award and contact ehPECS or ArcticNet SA for more information.

For the 2015 Awards Committee,
Dr. Nikolaus Gantner
Chair, 2015 APECS Canada-ASA Awards Committee

 

2015 Arctic Change Conference – PHOTOS

December 18th, 2015 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2015 Arctic Change Conference – PHOTOS)

Members of the Health, Environment and Indigenous Communities research group participated in the 2015 Arctic Change Conference in Vancouver between December 8th -11th, 2015.

The full program of the conference can be downloaded here:  http://www.arcticnetmeetings.ca/asm2015/

Publication – Journal of Aboriginal Health Volume 9(2) Special Issue on Inuit Health and Well-being

August 27th, 2015 | Posted by Research Group Coordinator in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Publication – Journal of Aboriginal Health Volume 9(2) Special Issue on Inuit Health and Well-being)

The Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments (NASIVVIK) together with its co-publisher, the former Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), is pleased to announce the release of the final edition of the Journal of Aboriginal Health (JAH), Volume 9, Issue 2. This final edition of JAH is a Special Issue dedicated to sharing research, community stories and perspectives specific to Inuit health and well-being. It is published in English and Inuktitut syllabics. This Special Issue of the JAH spans diverse topics from Elders’ and seniors’ perspectives on climate change and implications for Inuit health, to the impacts of medical travel on Inuit residents in Nunavut.

This edition celebrates the original mandate and vision of JAH to present evidence-based, peer-reviewed research findings, along with community perspectives and stories on Inuit health realities and initiatives. As the final edition of JAH, this marks the end of a national publication produced by an Aboriginal-governed organization, and its continuation with an exciting new international mandate and focus represented by the International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) and its publisher, the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS).

JAH and now IJIH are available online, free and open-access: here. Written permission of the publisher is required for any use of Volume 9, Issue 2, other than personal photocopying.

A limited number of print copies are available upon request, they will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. If interested, please send your name and mailing address to nasivvik@gmail.com.

 

About the JAH Volume 9, Issue 2 Co-Publishers

ITLogoInuit Tuttarvingat was one of the three national Aboriginal population-based centres of the NAHO. For 12 years, the Inuit, First Nations and Métis Centres at NAHO worked to raise awareness and advance the cause of Aboriginal health in Canada. NAHO closed in 2012.

Website: www.naho.ca/inuit/

 

NasivvikLogoThe Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, Centre created in 2002 with a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IAPH), is based at Laval and Trent Universities and is focused exclusively on capacity building and training for research related to environment-health relationships of importance to Inuit communities and populations.

Website: www.nasivvik.ca

About the International Journal of Indigenous Health, IJIH

IJIHLogoWith the close of NAHO, the Journal for Aboriginal Health continues to exist under its new title the International Journal of Indigenous Health and with its new publisher the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS) based at the University of Victoria, BC. This peer-reviewed, online, open-access Journal was established to advance knowledge and understanding to improve Indigenous health by bringing knowledge from a diverse intellectual traditions together with a focus on culturally diverse Indigenous voices, methodologies and epistemologies.

Website: http://uvic.ca/ijih