Chantelle Richmond, PhD, is an Anishinabe scholar from Pic River First Nation. She holds a CIHR New Investigator in Aboriginal Health and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, with cross appointments in the First Nation Studies Program, and the Department of Family Medicine. Professor Richmond’s research is framed by community-based approaches that aim to understand how processes of environmental dispossession, both historic and contemporary, work to affect social determinants of health among Indigenous peoples.
Chantelle is a National Board member of the Aboriginal Health Research Network Secretariat, and she is Principal Investigator on grants that have been awarded greater than $3 million over the next five years, including the Indigenous Health Research Development Program, whose purpose is to provide scholarships and community-based grants to increase capacity in Aboriginal health research in Ontario. Professor Richmond has published widely in the health and social sciences and she routinely provides reviews for a number of Canadian and international journals and granting agencies. In her Indigenous Health lab, she supervises 5 graduate students (Julie George, Cindy Graeme, Colette Isaac, Kassandra Kulmann, and Joshua Tobias) and 1 post-doctoral fellow (Dr. Hannah Neufeld), all of whom are working on critical environment/health issues in the First Nation context. Professor Richmond is enthusiastic about the role that knowledge translation plays in her research. She sees the KT piece as critical for increasing capacity in the communities she works with, through her teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as she engages in public policy.
Jerry White, PhD, is currently Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Policy Research Conference and Director of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International). He is editor-in-Chief of the International Indigenous Policy Journal and has served on the editorial board of the Canadian Review of Sociology. He serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
As a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Sociology he has held many posts at Western University including Acting Director of First Nation Studies. He recently stepped down from the role of Senior Advisor to the Vice President to assume a post as one of the Deans of the Faculty of Social Science. Jerry currently serves on the Western’s Board of Governors and the Senate for Western and sits as President for Board of the Museum of Ontario Archeology. Over his career he has served on many public inquiries and Provincial boards including being the founding co-Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council.
Dr. White has won numerous teaching awards including the Pleva Professorship and has authored, co-authored and edited 17 books including Aboriginal Conditions: Research as a Foundation for Policy (UBC Press 2003), Aboriginal Well-being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge (TEP 2007), Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis , Future Alternatives( TEP 2009) and the 10 volume set Aboriginal Policy Research: Moving Forward making a Difference. Jerry White currently supervises 7 PhD students.