Kerry-Ann Charles is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and is the Co-ordinator of Lands and Climate Change for Cambium Aboriginal. Kerry Ann was proud to serve her Community for over 17 years including a term as Councillor. She has worked on by-law development, waste management, housing and most recently environmental project co-ordination and management. For eight years she was responsible for researching and developing funding proposals which helped build and sustain the First Nations Environment Department including community climate change adaptation and implementation plans not only for her community but other First Nation as well. She has had great success in initiating and building relationships with various Environmental organizations, developing partnerships to co-ordinate and carry out various environmental activities as well as promoting education and community involvement in Environmental Health within her community. As a result of this work, Kerry Ann has gained International recognition and has been asked to speak across Canada, in the US and Mexico in the area of indigenous perspectives on Environmental Stewardship as well as Climate Change Adaptation.

Kerry Ann’s wide range of career experiences give her a unique perspective that can be very valuable when assisting other communities wishing to find their balance of operations and environmental stewardship.

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Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdownon Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown. Dr. Howard has led research into menstrual cups and wildfires, and participated in policy work and advocacy regarding active transport, plant-rich diets, health impact assessments, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, is part of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and is on the Planetary Health Alliance’s steering committee. Fall 2020 she began coordinating global planetary health policy engagement and advocacy with start-up CODAchange.


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'Challenges to Indigenous food sovereignty and improving food security for Indigenous people in rural, remote and urban settings.'


Moderator: Dr. Elaine Power


Elaine Power is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Studies, Queen’s University. She taught HLTH 101, The Social Determinants of Health, for 15 years and she also teaches food systems, critical weight studies and qualitative research methods. Her research focusses on the social contexts of food practices, food insecurity, and community food programs. She is the lead author of the Dietitians of Canada Background Paper on Individual and Household Food Insecurity (2005 & 2016) and co-editor of the newly released Feminist Food Studies: Intersectional Perspectives (Women’s Press) and Messy Eating: Conversations about Animals as Food (Fordham University Press). Dr. Power is a founding member of the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee.


Speaker: Deyowidron't/Teri Morrow RD

"Sge:no, Deyowidron’t ni’gya:sǫh, otahyoni niwagesyao’dę:, gayago̱ho:no^ niwage̱hwęjodę. My name is Teri Morrow, wolf clan from Cayuga nation. I am a Registered Dietitian working in my home community of Six Nations of the Grand River. I have been involved in health and social research development since 2010 with Western University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine and University of Ottawa,Mcmaster and McGill. I work for the Birth Order Registry Network protecting identity and pertinent data of all indigenous babies born across Ontario. Previously i worked as a research coordinator with the Assembly of First Nations national study: First Nations Food,Nutrition and Environment Study. As the field of nutrition is itself still in its infancy, nutritional needs and assessment are merely on a cellular level in our Nations and across Canada. Therefore I encourage bridge building and shared responsibility in any research work that I have been involved in, as this provides for a safe and responsible environment for individuals involved to feel engaged and empowered to share their knowledge" Nyaweh. 

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Pardy

Bruce Pardy is Professor of Law at Queen’s University, where he teaches environmental law, torts, property and public law. He practiced civil litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, has taught at law schools in Canada, New Zealand and the United States, and served for almost a decade on the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal as adjudicator and mediator. He writes and speaks on environmental law and governance, climate change policy, property and tort theory, human rights and freedoms, free speech, university governance, economic liberty, free markets and the rule of law.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Rotz

Sarah Rotz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. She is finishing up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Geography at Queens University as part of the CIHR funded ‘A SHARED Future’ project. As a settler scholar-activist, her work focuses on political ecologies of land and food systems, settler colonial patriarchy, and concepts of sovereignty and justice related to food, water and energy, and the ecosystems that support them. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph and a Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University.

She was awarded a 2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant to explore the processes by which Indigenous and settler communities are working to develop alliances toward advancing sustainable food systems grounded in principals of food justice and Indigenous sovereignty.

Speaker: Adrianne Lickers Xavier

Adrianne Lickers Xavier knows the power of food! As a Haudenosaunee woman, Adrianne knows the strength of community and the role food plays in it. She is working to complete her doctoral education with research that centres on food security at her home community of Six Nations in southern Ontario. She has experience in community based grass roots food as well as work in the larger food movement. Adrianne’s research integrates food security, culture, community building and gender and believes that individuals make the difference.She is currently faculty in the Indigenous Studies Department at McMaster University teaching courses in Sovereignty, Indigenous research methods and Indigenous health. 



Large Scale Workshop





Registration and Appetizers



Welcome and Land Acknowledgements

                 Janice Hill


Keynote Address

Dr. Courtney Howard




Social at the Tea Room *


5:00 - 6:15 PM


6:15 - 6:30 PM

6:30 - 7:30 PM


 7:30 PM onwards

 Conference registration & poster presentation set-up



Welcome & Opening Statements


Keynote Address: 

Kerry-Ann Charles


Advocacy Workshop

Wellness Break



Workshop Sessions 1



Lunch & Community Fair



Keynote Address: 

Dr. Samantha Green



Workshop Sessions 2



Wellness Break

The Dutt Panel

'Challenges to Indigenous food sovereignty and improving food security for Indigenous people in rural, remote and urban settings.


Closing Remarks




8:30 - 9:15 AM

8:30 - 9:15 AM

9:15 - 9:30 AM

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10:30 - 11:15 AM

11:15 - 11:30 AM


11:30 - 12:30 PM


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2:30 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 3:45 PM

3:45 - 5:15 PM

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