Chantelle Richmond

Associate Professor
Cross Appointed with First Nations Studies & the Department of Family Medicine

Chantelle Richmond

Contact Information

Office: Room 2433, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85324
Fax: 519 661-1233

Research Areas

Aboriginal health, social determinants of health, social support, health impacts of environmental change, community-based research, mixed methods

Research Interests

Chantelle Richmond, PhD, is an Anishinabe scholar from Pic River First Nation.  Her research is framed by community-based approaches that aim to understand how Indigenous heath is affected by processes of environmental dispossession.  Through this work, she seeks to aid in the preservation of Indigenous Knowledge and the implementation of strategies that may foster environmental repossession efforts in affected communities.  Chantelle is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, where she is Director of the Indigenous Health Lab, and Co-Director of the Indigenous Health and Well-Being Initiative. Chantelle co-wrote and produced a 60 minute documentary “Gifts from the Elders,” which focused on the preservation of Indigenous Knowledge among Anishinabe communities on the north shore of Lake Superior. Her research program is supported by a CIHR New Investigator Award and an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Indigenous Health Lab

Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Publications and Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Richmond, C.A.M., Big-Canoe, K. 2018 Geographies of Indigenous health. Routledge Handbook of Health Geography, pp 179-188. Routledge, New York.

Richmond, C.A.M. 2018 Try Bravery for a Change: Supporting Indigenous health Training and Development in Canadian Universities. Aboriginal Policy Studies 7 (1).

Neufeld, H., Richmond C.A.M. 2017  Environmental Determinants of Health: Impacts on Traditional Food Systems in Southwestern Ontario.  International Indigenous Health Journal, 11(2).

Alcock, D., Elgie, J., Richmond, C.A.M., White, J. 2017 Developing Ethical Research Practices Between Institutional and Community Partners: A Look at the Current Base of Literature Surrounding Memorandums of Understanding in Canada. International Indigenous Policy Journal.

Richmond, CAM., Cook, C. 2016 Creating conditions for Canadian aboriginal health equity: the promise of healthy public policy. Public Health Reviews, 37:2, doi: 10.1186/s40985-016-0016-5.

Tobias, J., Richmond, CAM. 2016 Gimiigiwemin: Putting Knowledge Translation Into Practice With Anishinaabe Communities. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 11 (1): 228-243.

Tait Neufeld, H., Richmond, C.A.M. 2015 A taste of tradition.  International Innovation, 174.

Tobias, J., Richmond, CAM. 2014 "That Land Means Everything to us as Anishinaabe...": Environmental Dispossession and Resilience on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Health and Place, 29: 26-33.

Big-Canoe, K., Richmond, CAM. 2014 Anishinabe youth perceptions about community health:Toward environmental repossession. Health and Place (26): 127-136. 

Mkandawire, P., Richmond, C.A.M., Dixon, J., Luginaah, I., and Tobias, J. 2013. Hepatitis B in Ghana’s Upper West Region: A Hidden Disease In Need of National Policy Attention. Health and Place.

Tobias, J.K., Richmond, C.A.M. and Luginaah, I. 2013 'Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Indigenous Communities: Producing Respectful and Reciprocal Research'. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 8(2): 129-140.

Richmond C.A.M., Smith, D. and The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health 2012 'Sense of Belonging in the Urban School Environments of Aboriginal Youth'. International Indigenous Policy Journal 3(1).

Finkelstein, S., Forbes, D. and Richmond, C.A.M. 2012 'Formal Dementia Care among First Nations in Southwestern Ontario'. Canadian Journal on Aging 31(3): 257-270.

Richmond, C. and Wilson, K. 2011 'La Santé des Peuples Automchtones / The Health of Indigenous Peoples' in Santé et Geographie Nouveaux Regards par S. Fleuret and A.C. Hoyez. (Economica Anthropos: Paris) 115-126.

Kulmann, K.A. and Richmond C.A.M. 2011 'Addressing the persistence of Tuberculosis Among the Canadian Inuit Population: The need for a social determinants of health framework' International Indigenous Policy Journal 2(1): 1-16.

Zhou, A.W., Boshart, S., Seelisch, J., Eshaghian, R., McLeod, R., Nisker, J., Richmond, C.A.M. and Howard, J.M. 2011 'Efficacy of a 3-hour Aboriginal health teaching in the medical curriculum: Are we changing student knowledge and attitudes?' Health Education Journal.

Richmond, C.A.M. 2009 'The social determinants of Inuit health: A focus on social support in the Canadian Arctic'. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 68 (5): 471-487.

Richmond, C.A.M., Dockstator, M.S. and Beavon, D. 2009 'One Path, Many Directions: The Complex and Diverse Nature of Contemporary Aboriginal Reality'. Canadian Diversity 7(3): 3-4.

Richmond, C.A.M. and Ross, N.A. 2009 'The determinants of First Nation and Inuit health: A critical population health approach'. Health and Place 15(2): 403-411.

Richmond, C.A.M. 2008 'Explaining the paradox of health and social support among Aboriginal Canadians'. Canadian Issues Winter: 65-71.

Richmond, C.A.M. and Ross, N.A. 2008 'Social support, material circumstance and health behaviour: Influences on health in First Nation and Inuit Communities of Canada'. Social Science and Medicine 67: 1423-1433.

Chapters in Books

Williams, J., Richmond C.A.M.  (2018). Cross Cultural Issues in Health Psychology in, Hadjistavropoulos, T. & Hadjistavropoulos, H. (Editors). Fundamentals of Health Psychology, Second Edition.  Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Rudman, D.R., Richmond, C.A.M., Orchard, T., Isaac, A. (2017).  Educational Vision Quests of Canadian First Nation Youth: A Photovoice Exploration.  In Bruggen, H. v., Kantartzis, S. Pollard N (eds) (2016-7 in progress) 'And a seed was planted...' Occupation based approaches for social inclusion, London, Whiting and Birch.

Richmond, C.A.M (2017). 'Indigenous Health.' In D.Richardson, The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. (Wiley-Blackwell).

Richmond, C.A.M (2015). The relatedness of people, land and health: Stories from Anishinabe Elders.  In Sarah de Leeuw, Margo Greenwood, and Charlotte Reading "Our health, Our Selves: Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health in Canada." (Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.).

Williams, J., Richmond, C.A.M, (2015) Cross Cultural Issues in Health Psychology in Hadjistavropoulos, T. & Hadjistavropoulos, H. (Editors), Fundamentals of Health Psychology, (Don Mills: Oxforsd University Press).

Wilson K., Richmond, C.A.M and Snyder M. 'Indigenous Health' in Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society (Wiley-Blackwell).

Richmond, C. and Wilson, K. (2011) 'La santé de gens Indigènes' in Santé et Géographie, Nouveaux Regards ed Sébastien Fleuret et Anne-Cécile Hoyez 63-80.

Beavon D., Richmond C. and Dockstator, M. (2010) 'Editorial: One Path, Many Directions: The Complex and Diverse Nature of Contemporary Aboriginal Reality' Canadian Diversity.

Richmond C. and Big-Canoe, K. (2010) 'The social determinants of Aboriginal health: Defining a research Agenda for Canada’s Urban Population' in Aboriginal Policy Research: Urban Perspectives ed J. White, J. Peters, D. Beavon and P. Dinsdale (Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing).

Wilson, K. and Richmond, C. (2009) 'Indigenous Health and Medicine' in International Encyclopedia of Human Geography ed R. Kitchin and N. Thrift (Oxford: Elsevier Limited) 5: 365-370.

Documentary Film

Richmond, C and May, S. 2018 Supporting Indigenous Student Transitions to Health Research and Professions. 11m38s:

Richmond, C and May S. 2017 What do I wish my Professor Knew about me? 4m13s.

Richmond, C.A.M. and Fortier, J.M. 2013 Gifts from the Elders 60 minutes Copyright: University of Western Ontario, London
[Companion website:] [TRAILER]

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students Year Title
V. Ambtman Smith Current Indigenous traditional healing spaces within hospital contexts: Examining relationships to health, healing and reconciliation
E. Nightingale Current Land-based learning in the Indigenous Context
S. Vanloffeld Current The UNDRIP principle of free, prior and informed consent and development in Indigenous territories
C. Graeme 2017 "Rekindling the Flame: An Exploration of the Relationship between Health, Place and Identity among young First Nations men in London, Ontario"
J. Tobias
(joint supervised)
2015 "We are the Land": Researching Environmental Repossession with Anishinabe Elders"
J. George
2012 Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and the Social Determinants of Aboriginal People's Health: A Case Study of First Nation's Women's Resilience, Resistance and Renewal
MSc Students Year Title
K. English
2014 Through the Eyes of Children: First Nations Children's Perceptions of Health
S. Finkelstein
2010 "Exploring Formal Dementia Care in the Aboriginal Community from South-western Ontario: A Grounded Theory Study"
MA Students Year Title
L. Peach
2018 Indigenous Food Resources
V. Ambtman Smith 2018 Upgraded from Masters Program to PhD Program
K. Mikraszewicz 2018 Paddling the Biigtig: A case study of Environmental Repossession through canoeing
K. Kulmann 2012 "We Should be Listening to our Elders": Evaluation of Transfer of Indigenous Knowledge between Anishinabe Youth and Elders
K. Big-Canoe 2011 Indigenous Knowledge, Social Relationships and Health: Community-Based Participatory Research with Anishinabe Youth at Pic River First Nation
J. Tobias
2010 Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana


GEO 2411G / FNS 2601G - Indigenous Environments
GEO 9116 - Indigenous Health