Chantelle Richmond

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair
Cross Appointed with First Nations Studies

Chantelle Richmond

Contact Information

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

Research Areas

Indigenous health, Indigenous health and the environment, Environmental repossession, Structural determinants of health, Indigenous knowledge, Relational accountability, Indigenous methodologies, Community-based research,  Indigenous mentorship, Indigenization

Research Interests

Chantelle Richmond (Biigtigong Anishinabe) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada), where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health and the Environment. Chantelle is Director of the Interdisciplinary Development Initiative in Applied Indigenous Scholarship at Western University. She is Leader of Ontario’s Indigenous Mentorship Network ( Chantelle is a health geographer by training and her research is based on a community-centred model of research that explores the intersection of Indigenous people’s health and knowledge systems within the context of global environmental change. Along with colleagues and community partners in Canada, Hawaii and Aotearoa, Chantelle’s current research examines concepts and applied processes of environmental repossession. Another major emphasis of her research explores the concept of relational accountability as it relates to Indigenous research environments. In 2015, Chantelle was inducted to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.

Indigenous Health Lab

Indigenous Mentorship Network Program

Documentary Films

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]


GEO 2411/FNS 2601 – Indigenous Environments

GEO 4900-4901 – Undergraduate Thesis (Coordinator)

GEO 9108 – Qualitative Methods

GEO 9116 – Indigenous Health

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students

  • V. Ambtman Smith (Current) Indigenous traditional healing spaces within hospital contexts: Examining relationships to health, healing and reconciliation
  • E. Beacock (Current) (joint-supervised) Southern Inuit determinants of health as defined by communities
  • E. Huner (joint-supervised) (Current) First Nations’ sensory perceptions of the land and its changes over time
  • E. Nightingale (Current) Land-based learning in the Indigenous Context
  • 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 (joint-supervised) (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

Masters Students

  • V. Bomberry (Current) Indigenous Student Housing
  • V. Reitmeier (Current) tbd
  • L. Peach (joint-supervised) (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. English (joint-supervised) (2014) Through the Eyes of Children: First Nations Children's Perceptions of Health
  • 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
  • S. Finkelstein (joint-supervised) (2010) Exploring Formal Dementia Care in the Aboriginal Community from South-western Ontario: A Grounded Theory Study
  • J. Tobias (joint-supervised) (2010) Embodied political ecologies of health: Examining the relationship between alcohol misuse and hepatitis in the Upper West Region of Ghana


Refereed Journals

Neufeld, H, Richmond, C. (2020) Exploring First Nations Women’s Relationships with Food from Social, Ecological and Historical Perspectives. Current Developments in Nutrition. Feb 5;4(3):nzaa011. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzaa011

Mikraszewicz, K., & Richmond, C. (2019). Paddling the Biigtig: Mino biimadisiwin practiced through canoeing. Social Science & Medicine, 240, 112548.

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

Richmond, C. (2020). A pathway to “becoming”: Stories about indigenization from one Indigenous scholar. Critical Reflections and Politics on Advancing Women in the Academy, Edited by T. Moeke-Pickering et al. IGI Global

Richmond, C., Wilson K. (2020) Indigenous Health. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2e. Oxford: Elsevier Limited.

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

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.


Brunette, C. and Richmond, C.A.M. (2018). Guide for Working with Indigenous Students. Western University.

Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge of Food Security in Northern Canada. (2014). Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the state of Knowledge. Available:

Richmond, C.A.M., Martin, D., Dean, L., Castleden, H., Marsden, N. (2013) Transformative Networks: How ACADRE/NEAHR Support for Graduate Students Has Impacted Aboriginal Health Research in Canada. Report of the Study: Evaluating the Impact of a National Support Network for Students, Interns and Post-Doctoral Researchers in Aboriginal Health Study, for the Aboriginal Health Research Network Secretariat. Victoria. Available: