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 environment and health concerns.

Lab News

March 2021

Special Issue of the Canadian Geographer, edited by Dr. Richmond: Geographies of Indigenous Health and Wellness. Available here

February 2021

As part of Indigenous Awareness Week at Western, Victoria spoke about her research with GradCast (listen) and Vanessa shared via presentation (watch).

New publication: Elana and Dr. Richmond have published "Reclaiming Mountain Lake: Applying environmental repossession in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg territory, Canada." Read it here.

December 2020

New report: "COVID-19 and Indigenous Health and Wellness: Our Strength is in our Stories" - Read here

September 2020

Welcome to our newest team member, Victoria! 

Summer 2020

Congratulations to one of our PhD candidates, Vanessa, who has been named a Vanier Scholar! Read more

September 2019

Welcome to our newest team member, Emily! 

July 2019

In late June/early July, Dr. Richmond and some of her team (Katie, Elana, and Steven) represented the IHL at two conferences in Aotearoa: the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference hosted by the University of Waikato in Hamilton, NZ, and the International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS) conference in Queenstown, NZ. Highlights included: the amazing conference sessions, the breathtaking views, the performance by Ngā Tūmanako at the NAISA poroporoaki, learning about Māori culture, the Waitomo glow worm cave, mountain hiking, and the local hospitality. We can't wait to return!

June 2019

From August 12-15, 2019, the Indigenous Health Lab (Department of Geography, Western University) will support an intensive qualitative analysis workshop for established and emerging scholars using NVIVO software and working in the area of Health and the Environment. Participants can expect to learn to import, code, sort and present their interview data. Read more

Congratulations to two of our PhD students, Vanessa Ambtman-Smith and Steven Vanloffeld. They have both been selected as 2019 Trudeau Foundation Scholars!  Read more
Trudeau Foundation Website

September 2018

September 11: Congratulations to Dr. Richmond, one of seven Atlohsa Peace Award recipients - Read more

September 1: Welcome to our newest team members, Steven, Laney, and Juan! 

Group Photo, IMGS Queenstown, NZ.
July 2019


Dr. Richmond delivering her acceptance
speech at the Atlohsa Peace Awards