I chose Dal for my graduate studies in SOC because the area of research I wanted to focus on fit into the Social Justice and Inequality Departmental concentration.
What inspires me
I have been working with the women of Pictou Landing First Nation for over three years now to not only understand how the health of the community has been impacted by the nearby pulp and paper mill, but also to understand what was going on in society that allowed this to happen in the first place. Sociology provides the theoretical insights into understanding some of the issues around this situation, the Indigenous-settler relations, the power and politics, the social justice issues.
Awards, honours and conferences
- 3-year Doctoral Research Award, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (CIHR) - Integrating Aboriginal, Quantitative, and Qualitative Methodologies to Develop Appropriate Determinants of Health in a Mi'kmaq First Nation Community. (2013)
- CIHR Institute of Aboriginal People's Health Scientific Director's Award for Research Excellence in Doctoral Studies, recognizing graduate students with a high potential to become outstanding Aboriginal health researchers and whose research has significant potential for improving knowledge of Aboriginal health (2013).
- Advisor, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF) Grant -You go to the emergency, you’re treated like dirt: Reducing Aboriginal experiences of racism in health care through a medical school intervention (2013).
- Research Assistant - Identifying, documenting, mapping, and mobilizing environment and health knowledge in Pictou Landing: An environmental health survey. Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program Community Grant (2011)
- Co-Investigator - Our ancestors are in our land, water, and air: A ‘Two-Eyed Seeing’ approach to researching environmental health concerns with Pictou Landing First Nation. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2011 Operating Grant.