Bilodeau, Nicole

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Name: Nicole Bilodeau
Position: Former MA Student (Sustainability Studies, Trent University)
Research Project: Identifying Indigenous Determinants of Health: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of Inuit Health in Nunavik (MA Thesis – completed)
Academic background: MA in Sustainability Studies (Trent University); BA Honours Double Major in Psychology and Sociology (University of Western Ontario)
Contact information: nicolebilodeau@trentu.ca

About the researcher:  

My name is Nicole Bilodeau and I was born and raised in London, Ontario. I completed my BA at UWO, after which, I decided to pursue graduate studies at Trent University in a field related to Indigenous health. I was primarily interested in Indigenous perspectives of health, how Indigenous people define health and what influences Indigenous health. My master’s thesis was a mixed-method case study that explored Indigenous determinants of health, and more specifically, factors influencing Inuit health in Nunavik. All my studies and learning at Trent about the importance of Indigenous culture to health and well-being has led me to explore my own identity as Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk). I have since left the academic world and have begun studying Kanyen’kéha (Mohawk language) at an immersion program in Six Nations.

Awards/Scholarships/Grants:

  • 2013: Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments Master’s Scholarship
  • 2012: SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • 2012: Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined)
  • 2011 & 2010: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award
  • 2011, 2010 & 2009: King’s Continuing Scholarship