Katelin Boles
Undergraduate Researcher

Katelin is a (white) settler and third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development. Her passion for Indigenous-settler relations in Canada developed during her studies, where she learned about the history of settler colonialism and how the impact of cultural assimilation continues to adversely affect Indigenous populations. She is very excited to be a part of the HEC Lab and assist with research projects that focus on equity and community-based participatory research.

Anika Bousquet
Undergraduate Researcher

Anika is a third year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Her passion for indigenous affairs in Canada and work with a local elder facilitating Kairos Blanket Exercises led to her introduction to Dr. Castleden and the HEC lab in her first year at Queen’s. She is looking forward to being a part of the lab over the next few years and exploring connections between her fields of study and those of the lab.

Arthi  Jeyamohan
PhD Student

Arthi is a first-generation Thamil Canadian from a migrant family and a second-year Cultural Studies graduate student.  Pronouns are She/Her/They. She is currently remote working from Montreal, (Quebec) while attending Queen’s University (Kingston).  

Artist, educator, farmer, activist and life-long student —Arthi’s research interests are reflected through these lenses. Focusing on intergroup relations between migrants and Indigenous people in Canada, she is exploring the articulations between citizenship, human geographies and decolonialism. She engages in her research by implementing critical creative praxis by using art, gardening and storytelling as methods. 

She is also a research assistant working with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s University.

Katie Doreen
Undergraduate Researcher

Katie is Kanien’kéha from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She has recently completed her BAH at Queen’s University with a medial in Geography and Global Development Studies. She looks forward to returning to Queen’s in the fall to complete her BEd in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program. Katie’s experiences working on Indigenous-led projects in natural spaces has instilled a love of the environment, built on familiarity, reciprocity, and sustainability. She hopes the HEC Lab will provide new opportunities to better understand how to reconcile Traditional Ecological Knowledge and settler-colonial conservation frameworks.

Dr. Jonathan Rose
Research Associate

JR has a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University, specializing in historical and political geography. His academic interests include interrogating Canadian colonial institutions and power structures. His recent research investigates Ontario Parks, political culture, environmental management, and Indigenous land dispossession in the 19th century. At the HEC Lab, JR has worked on projects dealing with CIHR funding models and Indigenous health research, identity and research composition, and historical research related to colonial policy. He is also a singer-songwriter and visual artist.

Jodi John
PhD student

Jodi is Mohawk from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory where she has been living and working as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for nearly 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology from Trent University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from McGill University. Her academic interests include Indigenous
Health, Community Wellbeing, language and Healthcare Systems.

Samantha Mishos
Masters Student

Samantha is a settler scholar pursuing her Master of Arts degree in Geography at Queen’s University, where she previously completed a Bachelor of Science. Her research interests include health equity, environmental justice, and public policy, especially related to the impacts of resource development on the health and well-being of Indigenous and
other marginalized communities.

Isaac White
Masters Student

Isaac White is a (white) settler guest and scholar on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory at Queen’s University. He achieved an Honours B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. His research is both holistic and interdisciplinary and focusses broadly on Indigenous social and cultural justice in the context of Indigenous-settler relations in Canada. Isaac’s current MA thesis research focusses on exploring if and how Geography Departments at Canadian universities are addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. In particular, he is interested in settler colonial theory, power-knowledge, and how discourse both shapes and influences particular modes of thinking, being, and doing. His research interests include settler colonialism and settler colonial theory, Indigenous-settler relations, Indigenous-settler reconciliation, Foucauldian discourse, and critical discourse analysis as a methodology.


Honey Johnson
Huu-ay-aht Research Associate

ʔukłaamaḥ ƛ̓iiḥƛ̓iiḥaqsup( Lightening Face Woman.) My English name Honey Johnson. My grand parents are the late Kenny and Joan Johnson, and the late Gordon & Virginia Cook. My father is Larry Johnson and my mother is Darlene Leonew. I am Huu-ay-aht on my fathers side, and Ojibaway on my mothers. I come from the house of čačaaciʔas.

Recently I’ve been hired as a Research Associate to help with the research project “Our Journey, Our Story”. Back in 2009 I had the opportunity of working as the receptionist for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. Where I had the honor in meeting, working and building a rapport with Huu-ay-aht citizens. At that time I also had the honor of witnessing the signing of our Treaty.

Alex Makin
PhD Student

Alex is a white settler scholar and teacher in his first year as a PhD student and member of the HEC lab. His research interests include community-based participatory research, the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative (IODI), Indigenous-settler reconciliation, and the Pact for a Green New Deal (PGND).

Martina Paloheimo
PhD Student

Martina is a second year PhD student, joining the HEC lab in the fall of 2019. Martina has passionately been working to bridge understanding between Indigenous Knowledge and Western perspectives in the resource sector in Canada. Having graduated from Dalhousie university with Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Environmental Studies, and moved to South America shortly afterwards. Having done her Masters in International Peace Studies at Trinity College in Dublin, she focused on how to work towards solving the intersection of human rights and environmental issues through conflict reduction over resources and unsustainable development. From there her work has focused on Peace Process Design, Mediation, Training, Restorative Justice Circle Keeping, Conflict Analyst, and Reconciliation both at home in Canada and abroad. With the International Conservation Fund of Canada, Martina conducted ethnographic fieldwork research of Brazil’s Indigenous tribe the Kayapo who protect the largest portion of intact natural rainforest in the world. Her work focused on an examination of how the urbanization and development of the Amazon is affecting Indigenous Communities as well as the ecology and conservation of the land. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and is working on her Haitian Creole. She believes through mutual understanding, creative problem solving and shared responsibility we can begin to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Having travelled to 42 countries across the globe all of her experiences, studies, and work have shaped her passion to make the world a better place. She looks forward to putting all her energy and experience this into her PhD work with the HEC lab.

Dr. Paul Sylvestre
Research Associate

Dr. Sylvestre completed his SSHRC-funded doctoral research with Dr. Castleden’s supervision in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. His dissertation is a work of activist-engaged scholarship on the ways in which racial capitalism and urban settler colonialism work together to keep Indigenous land reclamation out of reach. He traces the history of the land, timber, and water in Algonquin territory, telling an archival narrative that quells a white supremacist trope of terra nullius and shows key periods of resistance over the past two hundred years. Paul goes on to detail how, in contemporary times, the state – through private property and policing – maintain colonial control over Indigenous lands and bodies. In doing so, he is able to detail, for the benefit of Indigenous land-defenders and their accomplices, the inner machinations of these institutional bodies in order to use this new knowledge to launch future action and scholarship that supports decolonization. Dr Sylvestre is continuing to work in the HEC Lab as a Research Associate on a number of projects.

Select Publications

Castleden, H., Hart, C., Martin, D., Harper, S., Cunsolo, A., Sylvestre, P., Day, L., Stefaneli, R. (2017). Implementing Indigenous and western knowledge systems in water research and management (part 2): Interviews with collaborative teams to overcome the limitations of literature reviews to inform water policy in Canada. International Indigenous Policy Journal (In press).

Castleden, H.,  Sylvestre, P., Yeung, S. (2017). “I honestly don’t think I learned anything about Indigenous peoples”: Understanding medical school preceptors’ and students’ knowledge and attitudes towards Indigenous peoples and Indigenous health. (Prepared: target journal- Medical Education)

Sylvestre, P., Castleden, H., Martin, D., & McNally, M. (2017). “Thank you very much… You can leave our community now.”: geographies of responsibility, relational ethics, acts of refusal, and the conflicting requirements of academic localities in Indigenous research. ACME: A Critical E-Journal of Geography

Marc Calabretta
Research Program Manager

Marc has been working with the HEC Lab since the autumn of 2015. Since then, Marc has worked with Heather, Vanessa, and Jon on the ‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’ research project. His Masters work focused on examining archival documents held by Huu-ay-aht First Nations to gain a comprehensive understanding of the modern treaty negotiation process. In doing so, the research not only looks to provide greater understanding into the process itself, but also to gain insights into how Huu-ay-aht First Nations negotiated Treaty successfully. Marc defended his thesis in October of 2017, and has since transitioned into the role of Research Program Manager for the HEC Lab.

Dr. Diana Lewis
Research Associate

Diana Lewis is Mi’kmaq from Sipekne’katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, and holds a Master of Resource and Environmental Management degree. Her PhD research focuses on resource development, and the impacts of resource development on the health of Indigenous peoples, using a methodology that combines both Indigenous and western-based sciences. For the past seven years, her research has focused on the impacts that a pulp and paper mill has been having on the health of Pictou Landing First Nation. Government has never investigated the health concerns of the community, despite the community being exposed to contaminants for 50 years. The community had no baseline health data to evidence how the community has been impacted over the years. Together, with the women of the community, Lewis developed an environmental health survey to collect data for the community , using a methodology guided by the principle of Etuaptmumk, or Two-Eyed Seeing, which calls upon researchers to approach research using Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge, drawing upon the strength of both approaches. Diana is Co-Director of the A SHARED Future (Achieving Strength, Health, and Autonomy through Renewable Energy Development) research program.

Dr. Jeff Masuda
Research Associate

Dr. Jeff Masuda is a human geographer trained in the sub-discipline of health geography as well as the interdisciplinary fields of health promotion and population health. He is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University and holds a joint appointment in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Department of Geography. His graduate studies focused on health and sustainable transportation (MSc) and community participation in environmental governance (PhD). Between 2010 and 2014 Jeff was the recipient of an esteemed CIHR New Investigator Award in Knowledge Translation and he is the founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Health Equity.

Dr. Vanessa Sloan Morgan
Research Associate

Vanessa has worked primarily within Heather and Huu-ay-aht First Nations’ longstanding research partnership since 2010. During that time, we have focussed on the modern treaty process to create digital stories with Huu-ay-aht youth and to highlight how relationships between modern treaty signatories shift during the first years of treaty implementation through the ‘Our Journey, Our Choice, Our Future’ research project. Having completed a doctoral degree at Queen’s in 2017, Vanessa is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Northern British Columbia. She continues to work with the Huu-ay-aht and Heather on co-designed research projects.