About The Research Group

WHO WE ARE

We are a research collective based at Trent University in Peterborough, working on research projects and initiatives in communities across Canada. Collectively we represent diverse academic backgrounds, including social sciences, natural and health sciences, and the humanities.

Communities around the world have been addressing environmental and health issues by advocating for and creating equitable, sustainable and culturally appropriate solutions. We situate our research at the intersection of social and ecological relationships, and we seek to work with and learn from communities around these issues. Our shared values and objectives include working with Indigenous and other knowledges to support and sustain Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, environment and health.


WHAT WE DO

Our work, typically centred around community partnerships, involves research projects, outreach activities and educational initiatives. We work across Canada, with rural, urban and remote communities and territories, primarily in the North. The topics we investigate are diverse, but we come together as a group to collaboratively and critically explore, and apply progressive and responsible approaches to research methodologies, ethics, and innovation within our research. Our interdisciplinary research projects include one or more of the following themes:

  • Understanding critical aspects of Arctic species ecology using both Indigenous Knowledges and scientific methods
    • i.e. Understanding marine mammal habitat and feeding ecology in Nunavik
    • i.e. Exploring the relationship between environmental change and Arctic char growth
  • Knowledge interaction and integration for policy development and decision making
    • i.e. Processes of knowledge interaction
    • i.e. Indigenous knowledge involvement in policy and decision support
  • Health and environment communication and knowledge translation
    • i.e. Contaminant risk communication and evaluation
    • i.e. Knowledge tracking and transformation
  • Health and environment interactions and relationships
    • i.e. Sea ice safety
    • i.e. Food security
    • i.e. Indigenous perspectives on health
  • Community sustainability, health and well-being
    • i.e. Understanding socio-cultural, environmental and energy sustainability in Indigenous communities

All of the research conducted within the group focuses on knowledge interaction. Our research outcomes involve developing deeper understanding of health, environment and Indigenous community issues with an emphasis on communication, education, training and action.


HOW AND WHY WE DO IT

A focus on both rigourous and ethical research are at the foundation of each of the diverse methods that we use. We recognize the context within which our research takes place, and the iterative nature that our research must have. Our work responds to issues and questions that exist within particular historical, cultural, social and environmental contexts. Thus, our processes are reflective, reflexive and respectful of the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of diverse knowledges, peoples and environments.

Our relationships, including community partnerships, are based on shared values and a sense of shared responsibility. These are informed by:

  • The value and importance that we attribute to bringing together multiple knowledges, perspectives, and ways of understanding within our research
  • Our commitment to think critically about ethical research, particularly in response to community interests and needs
  • Our efforts to include issues important to and identified by communities within our projects, and respond to emerging areas of thought, policy and research
  • Our individual commitments to interdisciplinarity, diversity, sustainability, environmental consciousness and social justice

 

 

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