Lakehead University Research Chair in Indigenous Health and Well-Being

Name: Dr. Kristin Burnett

Department: Indigenous Learning

Title of Lakehead University Research Chair:  Lakehead University Research Chair in Indigenous Health and Well-Being

Start date:   October 1, 2014

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Keywords Describing Chair's Areas of Research:Food sovereignty; Indigenous knowledge; health; social justice; government policy; settler colonialism

Research relevance (importance of the research and how it will benefit Canadians):  This research produces critical knowledge about the social, economic, and political circumstances in northern Indigenous communities experiencing a food security crisis and enhances broader public understandings about food security and issues of social justice and colonialism. It will build on and improve community action based participatory research that is designed to create tools that Indigenous communities can use to fight for positive change.

Abstract Describing your areas of research:  The chair is part of the Indigenous Learning Knowledge Centre (ILKC) established by the Department of Indigenous Learning in response to the expressed research needs of Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario. Burnett’s program of research speaks to needs identified by our community partners. During the two year tenure of her chair, Burnett will continue to pursue her work on Indigenous food sovereignty and security in rural and northern First Nations, as well as begin work on two new projects: one that looks at traditional recipes and their histories and the other explores the relationships between social assistance payments and food security among Indigenous people living in Thunder Bay.