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. 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

 Dr. Nicole Latulippe, Research Associate

Nicole Latulippe is cross appointed in the Departments of Human Geography and Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her area of focus is Indigenous (Anishinabek) knowledge, governance, and laws concerning the environment (water, fisheries, land, management, environmental justice). 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).
Meagan Dellavilla, Research Associate, 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 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.



Student Involvement 


Aamina Masood, Research Assistant, 2017 - 2019

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.
Abdeali Hatim Saherwala, Research Assistant, 2018 - 2020 Abdeali Hatim Saherwala is a 3rd year student studying Honors. Environmental Studies with a specialization in Urban and Regional Environments in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. He works as an Indigenous Environmental Justice Researcher for Indigenous Environmental Justice Project (IEJ). As an Indigenous Environmental Justice Researcher, he hopes to acquire skills essential for the implementation of environmental justice to the Indigenous communities across the world.  
Brandon Bear-Jeanes, Indigenous Law Research Assistant, 2017 - 2018 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 First Nations Land Management Act in his community.
David Bazargan, Web Developer & Research Assistant, 2016 - Present  David is a 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 has also completed a Masters of Environmental Studies (MES) at York University and was the recipient of the Han Shan Sih Buddhist Scholarship in 2016. His research focused 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 is currently pursuing a career in urban and regional planning. 
Emilia Khalil, Research Assistant, 2019 - Present Emilia is currently studying a Double Major Honours Criminology and Political Science and was an executive for a Not-for-Profit organization/Student Club at York University. Emilia Joined the IEJ project at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year as a Research Assistant and hopes to gain knowledge and understanding about Indigenous communities through a legal perspective and apply it to her studies in hopes of becoming an international lawyer.
Ethan Persaud-Quiroz, Research Assistant, 2019 - Present  Ethan is in his fourth year of the Global Health program at York University and is specializing in Global Health Policy, Systems and Management. His contributions to the project this year include recording for the IEJ podcast, conducting educational workshops for high school students, and improving his writing skills through the completion of the IEJ annotated bibliography. He is particularly interested in water sovereignty through the lens of indigenous communities and on a global scale.

Jayce Chiblow, Research Assistant, 2017 - Present

Jayce Chiblow (Anishinaabe) is from Garden River First Nation and has recently completed her Master of Environmental Studies from York University. Her Master’s project explored climate change impacts in her home community of Garden River with a primary focus on youth and land-based activities. Jayce’s work for IEJ continues to prioritize Indigenous climate action initiatives and land-based activities.
Jesse Abell, Research Assistant, 2020 - Present  Jesse Abell is a third-year JD student at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Participating in Osgoode’s Anishinaabe law camp at Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker) in first year, in collaboration with the Chippewas of Rama, sparked her interest in Indigenous law, governance, and environmental justice. She is particularly interested in Indigenous legal principles and knowledge systems as they relate to water and land management, Aboriginal title, and the duty to consult. Alongside her work with the IEJ project, Jesse advocates for the rights of women experiencing violence as a legal caseworker at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, and is an editor on Osgoode’s Journal of Law and Social Policy.
Kim Tran, Research Assistant, 2019 - Present Kim Tran is in her sixth year of a double degree program at York University: Bachelor of Arts with Specialized Honours in Geography and Bachelor of Education. Her first job was at a horse stable and this experience set the foundation of her passions in life – education, environmentalism, animal welfare, and sustainable tourism. As a life-long learner, Kim is constantly seeking out opportunities for both personal and professional development. Currently, she works for two projects as a Research Assistant, including the Indigenous Environmental Justice (IEJ) and Canadian Conservation in Global Context (CCGC). Kim hopes to bring her research interests of Indigenous conservation and experiential education into plans for graduate studies.
Lance Morrison, Indigenous Protocols Research Assistant, 2017 - 2018 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.
Lauren King, Research Assistant Lauren is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. She is Turtle clan from Ojibway and Cayuga nation. In 2018 she completed her B.B.A (Honours) degree in International Business Management at Conestoga College. Lauren is currently a research assistant for the IEJ project at York University and the major events coordinator for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Max Corne-Klein, Research Assistant, 2018 - 2019 Max Corne-Klein is working towards a Masters degree in Environmental Studies at York University, with studies focussing on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Climate Change. Max’s research involves producing a podcast and investigating the role of pastoralism in animal conservation. Through this work Max brings together a bachelors education of Applied Science in Agriculture and a major in Organic Agriculture with a sense creativity from experience working in the arts and passionate activism for socially, economically, ecologically just food systems.
Mika Mackinnon, Research Assistant, 2018 - Present Mika MacKinnon is in her fourth-year majoring in Environmental Management at York University. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Mika spent most of her living between P.E.I, and New Brunswick, where she would often go sailing and hiking. Mika’s undergraduate years at York University has helped her gain a rounded understanding in many different environmental categories, she spent her first two summers of her undergrad working for Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada as a student researcher concentrating on cold climate crops in Newfoundland and Labrador, and in her third summer worked as an Interpreter/program creator for Toronto’s Rouge National Urban Park.
Monica Shafik, Research Assistant / Director of Communications and Outreach, 2016 - 2018  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.
Nasra Moumin, Research Assistant, 2018 - 2019 Nasra is currently in her first year of the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She previously obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction at the University of Toronto, where she pursued a double major in political science and sociology as well as a minor in history. She is particularly interested in how interactions between indigenous legal traditions and concerns and the Canadian legal system will evolve in a post-TRC political landscape.
Nasreen Hussain, Video Editor / Researcher, 2016 - Present Nasreen completed a Master’s degree from York University’s Environmental Studies program in 2017, focusing her research on the significance of water through Indigenous and holistic worldview. For the past 3 years Nasreen has been working as a researcher, interviewer and video editor for Dr. Deborah McGregor’s Indigenous Environmental justice project. Her research addresses the differences of water in Western worldview and Indigenous law, Indigenous women’s knowledge and connection to water and through her own personal lens to inspire a more comprehensive understanding of it, relayed through critical reflection, photography, poetry and film. In 2018, she completed a diploma in documentary film-making from Seneca College.
Peter Mangaly, Research Assistant, 2016 - 2018 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 - 2018  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.
William Dandie, Research Assistant, 2020 - Present  Will Dandie is entering his second year of the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. His interest in Indigenous Legal Traditions began during his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at McGill University. Will intends to prioritize Indigenous rights and self-governance in his future practice.