Indigenous Health Lab

The Indigenous Health Lab is located within the Faculty of Social Science at Western University, London, Ontario. In this lab, we work on community-based projects that enable Indigenous communities to address their environmental and health concerns.

Lab News:


Because This Land Is Who We Are: 

Indigenous Practices of Environmental Repossession

Our book is an exploration of environmental repossession, told through a collaborative case study approach, and engaging with Indigenous communities in Canada (Anishinaabe), Hawai'i (Kanaka Maoli) and Aotearoa (Maori). The co-authors are all Indigenous scholars, community leaders and activists who are actively engaged in the movements underway in these locations, and able to describe the unique and common strategies of repossession practices taking place in each community.

This open access book celebrates Indigenous ways of knowing, relating to and honouring the land, and the authors' contributions emphasize the efforts taking place in their own Indigenous land. Through engagement with these varying cultural imperatives, the wider goal of Because This Land Is Who We Are is to broaden both theoretical and applied concepts of environmental repossession, and to empower any Indigenous community around the world which is struggling to assert its rights to land.  

Chantelle delivers keynote address at Convocation, June 2024

 Pictured with graduating student Isha Agarwal


IHL team in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2024

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Other News:

CBC News: Western University launches Ontario's first Indigenous-led health training network


The Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario

IMNP-Ontario is a five-year health training program, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to provide Indigenous scholars and trainees with high quality mentorship, training, and opportunities to participate in Indigenous health research.