Our Team

Core Research Team

Dr. Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe), Principal Investigator, holds the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University. She is cross appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES). She is also the Director for the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages. Dr. 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. Dr. McGregor remains actively involved in a variety of Indigenous communities, serving as an advisor and continuing to engage in community-based research and initiatives. In 2021, she was the co-recipient (along with Dr. Angele Alook) of York University's Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters (CIRC) Grant for "Indigenous Climate Leadership and Self-Determined Futures."

Dr. Alan Corbiere is a proud Anishinaabe from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He is a historian, who has made remarkable contribution to the research of the Anishinaabe language, cultural practices, and material culture for many years. Dr. Corbiere completed a B.Sc from the University of Toronto, a Masters in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D in History from York University. Previously, Dr. Corbiere was the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program Coordinator at Lakeview School, M’Chigeeng First Nation, where he and his team worked on a culturally based second language program that focused on using Anishinaabe stories to teach language. He has also conducted research on wampum belts with known Anishinaabe associations, and researched medals, gorgets, and other diplomatic gifts. He has recorded elders speaking in Ojibwe about their crafts and work. Additionally, Dr. Corbiere is the Executive Director at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and is one of the co-founders of GRASAC.

Dr. Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Myers’ recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation, and performance. Since 2010, she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. Myers has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writings have been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is a member of Beausoleil First Nation, and lives in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.

Graduate Students

  • Leona Gansworth
  • Rachel Arsenault

Research Assistants

  • Nevada Anwhatin
  • Casey Bas
  • David Bazargan
  • Dali Carmichael
  • Tara Chandran
  • Jayce Chiblow
  • William Dandie
  • Meghan Fowler
  • Lauren King
  • Ethan Persaud-Quiroz
  • Mahisha Sritharan
  • Noah Verhoeff

Past Research Assistants

  • Abdeali Hatim Saherwala
  • Brandon Bear-Jeanes
  • Emilia Khalil
  • Jesse Abell
  • Kim Tran
  • Lance Morrison
  • Max Corne-Klein
  • Mika Mackinnon
  • Monica Shafik
  • Nasra Moumin
  • Nasreen Hussain
  • Peter Mangaly
  • Salisha Purushuttam