McTavish, Kristeen

Kristeen McTavish

Name: Kristeen McTavish
Current MA Student (Sustainability Studies, Trent University); Current Research Assistant
Research Project: Public Participation and Social Planning for Community Food Security: Case Study of the Community-Led Food Assessment Process in Nunatsiavut (MA Thesis – in progress); Various
Academic background: BSc in Biomedical Science; BA in Criminology (University of Ottawa)
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About the researcher: 

I grew up in a small, rural community in southeastern Ontario, surrounded by farmland and dirt roads. Most of the work opportunities I pursued throughout high school and my undergraduate degree were related to youth, education, and outreach with young people.  This is the work that also brought me to Canada’s far north for the first time.

After completing my BSc at the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Sciences and Criminology, I pursued work in the not-for-profit sector, that eventually led me to Trent University and the Indigenous Environmental Studies/Sciences Program. This is where I met Dr. Chris Furgal and his team, the Health Environment Indigenous Communities (HEIC) Research Group, which I have been a part of since 2010.

During my time with HEIC, I have been incredibly fortunate to work on a variety of projects as a research assistant, coordinator, trainer, and now, graduate student.  Each project has expanded my understanding of health, environment, education, Inuit communities, Indigenous knowledge, and how they all come together. My true passion lies in using research and education to enhance capacity and make positive changes within communities.

I am currently a master’s student in the Sustainability Studies program at Trent University. My thesis research is looking at public participation in community planning and decision making around food security issues. I am very happy to be working on this project with 3 communities in Nunatsiavut: Rigolet, Hopedale and Nain. The research is part of a larger project, which is implementing Community-Led Food Assessments in these 3 communities in order to address food insecurity through a community-led process.

Please visit my website for details on the other projects and initiatives that I am involved with!

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