MSc., Health Promotion, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University
Progressive discourses within health promotion and public / population health remark the importance of increasing communities’ control over their own health and wellbeing. However, my master’s degree studies allowed me to question how health promotion projects risk reproducing oppressive and colonial power relationships through ‘well-intentioned’ interventions when the former are designed and implemented from sites of professional knowledge that do not consider local contexts and forms of knowing.
My thesis project is based on the city of Owen Sound, Ontario, on traditional Saugeen Ojibway Nation territory. I am drawing from decolonizing research, participatory research, and digital storytelling -an arts-based method-, to partner with local young co-researchers for investigating the place of M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre (the local Friendship Centre) in the lives of young Indigenous peoples living in urban contexts. I expect that the outcomes of this research process will create insights on previously unrecognized health promotion capacities and potentials of Indigenous-led spaces within the city. I hope to use these insights to advocate for the need to decolonize both health promotion and the city to create healthier environments for all.
If you are also passionate about participatory research, health promotion, decolonizing research, and arts-based methods, don’t hesitate to contact me.