Located in the Department of Indigenous Learning and a historian by training, my research
broadly looks at Indigenous-settler relations, food studies, health, gender, and colonialism.
Currently, I am working with Indigenous communities on questions of food sovereignty and
access to health care. My approach to scholarly inquiry is rooted in social justice,
interdisciplinary collaboration, community development, and capacity building. Significantly,
and increasingly so, it is informed by the Anishinaabe peoples whose territories I live on and is
situated within broader movements of Indigenous resurgence and decolonization.
I study relationships between Indigenous peoples and their land and resources and their
interactions with colonialism regarding the natural environment. My work examines cultural
understandings of the environment and inter-cultural engagement around core cultural
concepts such as the perception of human-environment interactions as management of natural
resources versus as interactions with our non-human relations. My work also frequently
touches on issues of gender, identity and the nature of knowledge.
I am an interdisciplinary health researcher and teacher with a background in medical
anthropology and Nursing. I am Danish of origin; my training has taken place in Denmark and
Canada. I am passionate about the North and its beautiful and resourceful peoples and
environments. Framed within a social justice perspective my areas of research and teaching
span the determinants of health with an emphasis on the Northern regions of the globe, on
women’s and maternal health, free physical activity initiatives and older adults, health
education among Indigenous peoples, metal health in the workplace, climate change activism
at the university and more.
I work in the stream of gender social justice, with a focus on social barriers to women's legal
rights. I also work in feminist cultural studies, which aim to broaden our understanding of the
role gender plays in women's access/or lack thereof to cultural capital and forms.
I teach courses on social justice education, environmental and sustainability education, and
animals in education in the Faculty of Education, all of which take an intersectional approach.
My scholarly interests include fat studies and fat pedagogy, feminist and queer pedagogies,
critical animal studies and multispecies pedagogies, and critical environmental education.
P. Sameshima (Education)
I work at the intersection of sociology and public health. My current research focuses on how
the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure impacts the HIV prevention work of frontline public
health service providers. I also research how media reportage discursively links constructions
of race, gender, and sexuality to health risk behaviors and the transmission of sexually