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 (


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.

160x180-Erin.png Erin Huner is a settler, who was born on Algonquin Traditional Territory, but was raised on the Traditional Territory of the Attawandaran, Anishinaabe, Haudenausaune and Leni-Lunaape First Peoples. Her dissertation is based on research she has co-produced with her research partner, Clint Jacobs, the Natural Heritage Coordinator of the Nin.Da.Waab.Jig (those who seek to find), on Walpole Island FN. Together with Clint, and with guidance from Elders, Erin is exploring new ways to describe the practice of listening to the land, and is working with Clint to create a database of previously recorded elder interviews, coded using Anishinaabe knowledge systems. In 2014, Erin was awarded CIHR’s Institute for Aboriginal People’s Health, Scientific Director’s Award for this work. 

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 - 8 and Carolena - 5) 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.


160x180-Veronica.png Veronica Reitmeier is a settler of Polish ancestry, raised on the Traditional Territory of the Attawandaran, Anishinaabe and Haudenausaune Peoples. She is a second year MA student supervised by Dr. Richmond at Western University in the department of Geography. A recent graduate from Western’s Geography program, Veronica holds a Honours BSc in Geography. The highlight of Veronica’s undergraduate degree was completing an senior thesis project with Dr. Richmond as her supervisor. Her thesis was a case study of Ontario’s Indigenous Mentorship Network (IMN), and she examined graduate students’ experiences and perceptions of relational accountability (RA) in their research relationships. In her Masters, Veronica hopes to continue exploring the topic of relational accountability. Currently, Veronica works as a Research Assistant in the Indigenous Health Lab, and has been supporting the IMN’s communications for the past two years. In her free time, Veronica enjoys hiking, canoeing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

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 entering 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.