Who We Are

Our Team

Dr. Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor


Dr. Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe), Principal Investigator, holds the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice. She is cross appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University. Professor McGregor's research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy, and management, and sustainable development. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa, and William Coleman (2010). She is co-editor (with Alan Corbiere, Mary Ann Corbiere and Crystal Migwans) of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series. 
Dr. Brenda Murphy, Professor Dr. Brenda Murphy has been involved in applied resource management and social justice research throughout her career, more recently focused on Aboriginal disaster management and resilience, climate change and maple syrup production. As a former Graduate Coordinator for Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfred Laurier University, Dr. Murphy is both committed to, and highly experienced in innovative KMb applications. Her commitment to social justice and vast experience ensuring knowledge gained through research is mobilized to serve communities at risk will form an essential part of the research project.  
 Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott, Associate Professor  Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott is an environmental law and justice scholar cross appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES). She recently completed a SSHRC-funded research project in partnership with environmental justice activists from Aamiiwnaang First Nations which tackled the issue of chronic pollution on an First Nation community. She recently published an edited volume, Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health (UBC Press, 2015). Dr. Scott brings environmental law and policy analysis capacities to the team as well as commitment to ethical research processes with Indigenous communities.
Dr. Martha Stiegman, Assistant Professor  Dr. Martha Stiegman's expertise in Indigenous knowledge, rights, food sovereignty and justice, coupled with her experience in decolonizing research methods which include participatory media production and dissemination strategies, will make invaluable contributions to the Indigenous environmental justice dialogue and eventual deliverables of this project. She has, in partnership with various First Nations, been engaged for over a decade in collaborative film making and participatory video production on topics relating to treaty rights, traditional law and sustainable harvesting (e.g. with Kerry Prosper, Seeking Netukulimk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrk3ZI_2Dd0)

 Dr. Nicole Latulippe, Research Associate, 2017 - Present

 Nicole Latulippe recently completed her PhD in geography at the University of Toronto. Her community based doctoral research with Nipissing First Nation concerned the relationship between knowledge and governance systems with regards to Lake Nipissing and the hotly contested fisheries therein. She has also worked in First Nations political advocacy with the Union of Ontario Indians. Nicole comes from an area east of North Bay, Ontario, part of Robinson Huron Treaty and unceded Algonquin territories, and homelands of the Nipissing and Algonquin peoples. Nicole is an English-speaking Franco-Ontarian with Algonquin ancestry (Noire River, Allumette Island).


Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere, Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere, has served for over two decades in many leadership functions, including Chair of the Native Studies Department (University of Sudbury). She is an Anishinaabemowin scholar and serves as co-editor for the Anishinaabemowin series. Dr. Corbiere utilizes a community-based approach working with fluent speakers. Her research is specifically geared to revitalizing Anishinaabemowin and has considerable experience in community based language revitalization projects. Her principle research areas are Anishinaabemowin curriculum development, andragogy and lexicography. Her Anishinaabemowin-English on-line dictionary is forthcoming through the Algonquian Dictionaries and Linguistic Atlas website. Her research includes how English-Anishinaabemowin issues bear on intercultural communications. Dr. Corbiere will bring Anishinaabemowinand knowledge expertise to project. 

Ms. Nancy Deleary


Ms. Nancy Deleary, an artist and community leader, serves as portfolio holder of the Lands and Environment and Culture, Language and Heritage Department in the Chippewas of Thames First Nation. A trained artist in the final stages of completing her Master of Fine Arts Degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she has experiences in a variety of art mediums. Ms. Deleary has been commissioned to produce plays, exhibitions, and community art installations for over three decades. Her approach to art is intended to strengthen cultural identity and resilience. She will make invaluable contributions in this project by conceptualizing ways of representing IKS and environmental justice through arts based productions. Her contributions will aid in the ongoing process of revitalizing Indigenous forms of KMb, transmission, application and increasing the accessibility of research outputs across generations. 

Ms. Kathleen Padulo 

Ms. Kathleen Padulo (Oneida), currently Environment Director with the Chiefs of Ontario, completed her master's thesis "Environmental Protection for a First Nation Community" involving a community-based environmental justice project involving 6 First Nation communities in the process of addressing waste management challenges. Kathleen has professional experience in policy development, capacity building and advocacy, derived from her years of working with First Nations, ENGOs and Federal or Provincial governments. 
Ms. Susan Chiblow   Ms. Susan Chiblow (Anishinaabe) completed her master's thesis "Social Aspects affecting Mold Growth in First Nations Communities" at Royal Roads University. She is currently appointed as an Adjunct Member to the graduate program at FES, York University and serves as the Environment and Resource portfolio holder in her First Nation. She is currently assisting the Mississauga First Nation, in the development of the community's environmental laws and management regimes under a self-government process. She is appointed member of the national Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Sub-Committee for Species at Risk. As community scholars and environmental practitioners

Student Involvement 

Aamina Masood, Research Assistant, 2017 - Present Aamina is a 4th year student studying political science and pursuing two certificate programs, one in Refugee Studies, and another in Public Administration and Law. She hopes to attend law school or continue in York University’s Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPAL) program upon completing her undergraduate degree. Aamina joined the IEJ Project at the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year as a Research Assistant, and feels privileged to be a part of the team.
Brandon Bear-Jeanes, Indigenous Law Research Assistant, 2017 - Present Brandon Brown Bear is from Tobique First Nation, a small Maliseet community in New Brunswick. He is currently a fourth year student at York University, studying Political Science. As a Research Assistant on the First Nations Land Management Act project, he hopes to acquire skills essential to the implementation of the the First Nations Land Management Act in his community.

David Bazargan, Web Developer & Research Assistant, 2016 - Present 

David is a Student Member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honours Distinction in City Studies and Human Geography from the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) at York University and is the recipient of the Han Shan Sih Buddhist Scholarship in 2016. His research focuses on Planning for Housing and Food Security using LEED Standards. He is interested in how to plan communities whose members will have access to an adequate supply of housing and nutritious food. David enjoys working on web design and development, and intends to pursue a career in urban and regional planning in the future.
Jayce Chiblow, Research Assistant, 2017 - Present Jayce Chiblow (Anishinaabe) is from Garden River First Nation and currently working on her Master in Environmental Studies at York University. Having previously completed a Bachelor of Biological Sciences, her input for the IEJ Project will include researching current/projected climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples.

Lance Morrison, Indigenous Protocols Research Assistant, 2017 - Present

Lance Morrison (Bear Clan) is the child of Red Butterfly Woman, and is also called Northern Thunderbird Man. He is a Plains Cree, Tsilhqot'in, and Métis student at York University, completing a double major in Indigenous Studies as well as Human Rights & Equity Studies, with the hopes of continuing to a PhD in Indigenous Studies. He is a storyteller, activist, writer, and dog lover.
Meagan Dellavilla, Research Assistant, 2016 - Present  Meagan possesses a BA in sociology, environmental studies and psychology, and a certificate in documentary filmmaking. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies and a graduate diploma in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Her graduate work seeks to explore the intersections of environmental violence, cultural continuation, health and wellbeing, identity and displacement. She is also particularly interested in the role of young women in the environmental justice movement.
Monica Shafik, Research Assistant, 2016-Present  Monica Shafik, 21, is in her third year of a Double Honours Major, in International Development and Law & Society at York University. Monica has been a member of the Indigenous Environmental Justice (IEJ) team for 2 years now, both as the director of Communications and Outreach and as a Research Assistant. Her contributions to the project this year include outreach strategy and management, and an international environmental policy analysis. As a Coptic woman, Monica is pursuing a legal career in Indigenous and human-rights advocacy with the intent of advancing Indigenous self-determined development. Her personal research focuses on Bicultural identity of indigenous racialized and religious minorities.

Nasreen Hussain, Video Editor / Researcher, 2016 - Present

Nasreen is a recent Master's graduate from York University's Environmental Studies program (2017). Her research looks at the significance of water through Indigenous worldview. She is currently enrolled in the Documentary and Film-making program at Seneca College. She enjoys writing, video recording and interviewing and is hoping to create more positive outcomes for water and environmental justice through art and multi-media.
Peter Mangaly, Research Assistant, 2016 - Present Peter, a finance major, has been working with Professor Deborah McGregor since the inception of the IEJ Project. Peter has seen his role grow throughout the years from an Environmental Justice Research Assistant to a JD Research Assistant responsible for editing and producing the videos, articles and reports you may have seen throughout this website. Peter aspires to be a lawyer in the near future.
Salisha Purushuttam, Research Assistant, 2016 - Present  Salisha Purushuttam, recipient of the 2016-2017 Law and Society Honours Prize and the 2017 Canada Graduate Scholarship, is currently a Teaching Assistant and Masters Candidate in the Socio-Legal Studies program at York University. Her commitment to social justice has fundamentally shaped her research interests, professional work and advocacy which range from environmental (in)justice, public health, institutional racism, and gender and public policy. Salisha has been an integral part of the IEJ Project since its inception at Osgoode Hall Law School where she directly engaged in knowledge mobilization and knowledge production through the production of video and written content now available on the IEJ Project’s website and social media outlets.

Stefan Piercey, Communications and Outreach Officer, 2017 - Present 

A mature student in his undergraduate studies in the Business and Society program, Stefan Piercey is Saulteaux-Ojibway from the Sagkeeng First Nation Fort Alexander. Currently  positioned as Communications and Outreach Officer for the IEJ Project and as President of the Aboriginal Students Association at York, Stefan works with students, faculty, and administration within the University and larger GTA community to advance initiatives such as Indigenous inclusion and support, and to address boundaries all Indigenous people face