Current Trainees

In the Indigenous Health Lab, Dr. Richmond supports the training and development of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies, please contact her directly (


Asma Khanani Asma Khanani is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Bipasha Baruah and Dr. Chantelle Richmond. A child of refugees, Asma was born in the traditional Treaty 7 territory of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. This territory is home to the Métis Nation, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.  

Asma’s research areas include migration and displacement, land dispossession and loss of material culture. She is interested in merging academic research and creative qualitative research to explore land-based health and identity issues. Based on her previous education in art and design, Asma feels that visual research methods and arts-based dissemination can provide a deep understanding of traumatic, generational impacts on health, wellbeing, and resettlement identities of displaced peoples in Canada and the US. 

160x180-Elana_resized.png Elana Nightingale is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Carleton University and a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has previously worked in the field of socio-economic development in Arctic Indigenous communities, including community-based research and planning. Her research interests include the social determinants of Indigenous health, community economic development, community-based research methodologies and knowledge translation.

Emily Beacock is a settler PhD candidate in the Department of Geography under the supervision of Drs. Diana Lewis and Chantelle Richmond.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology (2016) from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Environmental Studies (2020) from Dalhousie University. Emily is particularly interested in exploring pathways to ethical, decolonial research governance for Indigenous community - academic partnerships in geography.

Koral Koral Wysocki is a first year PhD student in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. Koral’s engagement in conservation and community development on several continents has rooted her understanding of the strong connection between regenerative community interaction and transformative approaches to environmental restoration. In her role as Partnerships Manager at ALUS, Koral draws on these experiences to build effective networks of collaborators which support ALUS’ portfolio of place-based projects on agricultural land. She values nature connection and its potential for healing through her role on the board of directors of the Global Institute of Forest Therapy (GIFT). Koral is a Canadian settler of European descent based in Hamilton, Ontario and finds hope in work that moves us toward decolonised relationships with the places we call home, ourselves and each other.  
160x180-Vanessa_resized.png Vanessa Ambtman Smith is an Iskwew and mother of two (Carter - 9 and Carolena - 6) who carries the role and responsibility to advocate and support the critical changes needed to create the space for Indigenous voice and self-determination in healthcare decision-making. She is actively involved in addressing Indigenous specific racism, and teaches on the subject at post-secondary institutions across Southern Ontario. Vanessa holds a BA in Native Studies from Trent University and a Graduate certificate in Health Leadership from Royal Roads University.


Veronica.png Veronica Reitmeier Hello! My name is Veronica Reitmeier (she/her) and I am a second year MA student at Western University in the Department of Geography and Environment, under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. My family is of Polish ancestry, and I am a grateful visitor on the traditional territories of the Attawandaran, Anishinaabe and Haudenausaunee Peoples. I am a proud daughter, sister, aunt, and dog-mom.
My Master’s research explores how Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island (North America) have been engaging with Twitter to support their mental health throughout the pandemic. This research addresses a gap in both theoretical and methodological knowledge of Indigenous digital health geographies. My research build on Indigenous resilience and strength, and I hope to provide tangible knowledge that communities can use to leverage social media for health & well-being. This research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and making connections with the land/water.

E. Victoria Bomberry Shé:kon!  E. Victoria Bomberry niiónkia’ts.  Wakhskaré:wake niwaki’tarò:ten, Kanien’kehá:ka niwakhontsiò:ten tánon Six Nations nitewaké:nonh.  Tsi McMaster University wa’tkatén:tsha ne Hon. BSc. Geography & Environmental Sciences.  Ó:nen nón:wa kéntho tsi Western takatáhsawen ne kateweienhstá:ne’s né:ne MA.  Ionkienawá:se’s tánon ionkerihonnién:nih ne Dr. Chantelle Richmond.

Victoria Bomberry is Mohawk Bear clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. Victoria earned an Hon. BSc. in Geography and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University and is in her 2nd year MA Geography & Environment studies at Western under the supervision of Dr. Chantelle Richmond. Victoria’s research examines the influence of housing on the decisions of Indigenous Peoples to pursue and complete post-secondary studies.  In her MA research, Victoria will examine the housing experiences and needs of Indigenous students at Western.

Victoria is also the Indigenous Commissioner for the Society of Graduate Students at Western.  In this role, Victoria works with Indigenous campus and community partners to support and enrich the Indigenous graduate student experience at Western.