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Ian Mosby, Treena Wasonti:io Delormier


Speakers: Dr. Ian Mosby, PhD & Dr. Treena Wasonti:io Delormier

Moderated by Noreen Willows, PhD - University of Alberta Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates that many thousands of Indigenous children died while attending residential schools. The legacy of the residential school system affects almost every Indigenous family and the effect on communities is ever present. This includes the food and nutrition research practices that failed to protect the health and safety of residential school children.

On September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – CNS is hosting a special webinar, Out of the Darkness and into the Light, to learn about how government policies created conditions of malnutrition in Indigenous Peoples, and how Indigenous Peoples - including children - continue to be affected disproportionately by malnutrition and diet-related health problems. This webinar will be an opportunity to acknowledge past harms and ongoing colonial practices that negatively impact the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples, and to learn how we can move forward knowing that there are many shining examples of fully participatory nutrition research projects that are occurring from a place of respect, honour, trust and collaboration.

Please join us on this day to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and learn about transitioning nutrition research Out of the Darkness and into the Light.


  1. To be aware that Indigenous communities establish community level research ethics policies to assert self-determination in knowledge creation and translation.
  2. To gain an appreciation of the roles and responsibilities in the practical application of ethical research principles in an Indigenous community context.
  3. To understand the challenges and benefits associated with community-level ethics research practices in Indigenous communities.

Click for more: Resources: Nutrition and Indigenous Health

About the Speakers:

Ian Mosby, PhD - X University

Dr. Ian Mosby is a settler historian of food, Indigenous health and the politics of settler colonialism at X University. He has a PhD in History from York University and his current research focuses the history of human biomedical experimentation on Indigenous peoples in Canada during the second half of the twentieth century. He's published widely on topics ranging from the history of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and anti-Chinese racism to the long-term health impacts of hunger and malnutrition in residential schools. His research has made national headlines on a number of occasions and, in August 2016, he was named one of the 53 most influential people in Canadian food by the Globe and Mail.

Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, PhD, PDt - McGill University

Treena Wasonti:io Delormier is Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk). She is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University. She is a Registered Dietitian with a master's of science in nutrition and doctorate in Public Health (Health Promotion). She currently serves as Scientific Director of the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP), a 27-year community-university research partnership and health promotion program in her home community of Kahnawake, near Montreal, Quebec. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Nutrition.

About the Moderator:

Noreen Willows, PhD University of Alberta Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science

Dr. Noreen Willows is Professor, Population and Public Health Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. Her research includes the development and evaluation of community-based nutrition interventions in Indigenous communities in Canada and reporting the impact of household and cultural food security on health and well-being. Dr. Willows champions a decolonizing community-based participatory approach to research in which community and academic co-researchers form community-university partnerships to develop culturally appropriate solutions to nutrition issues.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Thursday, September 30, 2021


Type: File

Last Updated: September 30, 2021

Name Type
Introduction: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light (Willows) File
Hunger Human Experimentation Legacy of Residential Schools (Mosby) File
Bridging capacity for ethical research (Delormier) File
Out of the Darkness and into the Light Video
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