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Indigenous Scientist Chats
We held our 2nd annual Stoodis Science: Indigenous Scientists Chats!
See below for more info about our speakers and their research.
Dr. Nicole Muir is a Métis Psychology professor at York University. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Toronto at Well Living House, an Indigenous research centre, where she worked in partnership with local, provincial, and national Indigenous partners and allies. Dr. Muir completed a Masters degree in Clinical Child Psychology followed by a PhD in Forensic Psychology, both at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Prior to graduate school, she worked at an Indigenous child protection agency, an Indigenous health unit (both in Toronto), and as a consultant for children with special needs in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Within urban Indigenous populations, Dr. Muir’s research focuses on colonialism, trauma and victimization, foster care involvement, justice system involvement, and violence risk assessment tools. Dr. Muir’s overall aim is to achieve both scientific excellence and Indigenous community relevance by ensuring Indigenous community involvement from research conception to research dissemination.
Dr. Muir will be presenting on some of her research projects including assisting with opening an Indigenous COVID testing and vaccination centre, adapting a western therapy for Indigenous patients, and training youth probation officers so that they can better support Indigenous youth on probation.
Dr. Jesse Popp is a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. She is an emerging scholar and member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, and strives to promote inclusive science that embraces multiple ways of knowing while on her journey of learning and sharing. Her work contributes to conservation, sustainability, and the progression of the naturalsciences in the spirit of reconciliation.
Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. Her family roots go to the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She practices both Internal Medicine and Public Health as a Medical Officer of Health with the Indigenous Services Canada-Manitoba Region. She is the Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health and the Executive Director of Indigenous Academic Affairs in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Health Network of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. She is a Past President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and Past Chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress. She was recognized for her contributions to Indigenous peoples' health with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in March 2011. In 2018 she was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
Anong Migwans Beam is an artist, mother, and paint maker who lives and works in her home community of M'chigeeng First Nation. Raised by artist parents Ann and Carl Beam, she was homeschooled and apprenticed with her father in his ceramic, pigment and clay gathering, and his painting/photography studio. She studied at the School of the Museum Of Fine Arts Boston, Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Institute of American Indian Art. She has been active in language and community and is the founder of Gimaa Radio 88.9CHYF fm Ojibwe Language Radio station, and also worked as the Executive Director/Curator for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation from 2016-18. In 2018 she founded Beam Paints, makers of plastic free paints and watercolors inspired by her culture and pigment gathering of her youth. With our Indigenous paint tradition, we seek to celebrate the colours of the wide world with the intimacy of the northern forest, and in this fusion, create paint that makes you and your paintings feel vibrantly human.