John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health

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Text that reads: Organized by the Centre for Global Health in partnership with the Collaborative Centre for Climate, Health & Sustainable Care John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health Lecture Title - Indigenous Planetary Health Friday, May 3rd 2024 4-6 pm (Hybrid) Health Sciences Building Room 610 (155 College St. Toronto ON) Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, DHhilc Panlelists Dr. Dominique Charron Carlos E. Sanchez-Pimienta

The John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health was established by Dr. David Naylor, when he was The University of Toronto’s Dean of Medicine. The lectureship acknowledges the major role Dr. Evans played in the University of Toronto’s history and his global contributions to the advancement of human health and well-being.

The John R Evans Lectureship in Global Health annual event is organized by the Centre for Global Health and this year will partner with with the Collaborative Centre for Climate, Health & Sustainable Care . You are able to attend the in one of two ways:

  • In person (please note space is limited so please register only if you are committed to attending), please join us for a reception following the event
  • Online (a link will be sent the morning of the event)

Indigenous Planetary Health

Conceptualizations of planetary health have been inherent within Indigenous community life for millennia. The interconnectedness with Land forms the bases for considering Indigenous research, policy, and practice in the context of stewardship and sustainability. This talk will explore Indigenous reflections on planetary health and wider sustainability movements from a contextual lens of interconnection to people and planet.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, DPhilc, is a member of the Denı́nu Kų́ę́ First Nation (Northwest Territories, Canada), and is an Associate Professor, Western Research Chair, and Director of Indigenous Planetary Health at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Dr. Redvers has had previous appointments in both the Department of Family & Community Medicine and the Department of Indigenous Health at the University of North Dakota where she helped co-develop the first Indigenous Health PhD degree program in North America. She has been actively involved at regional, national, and international levels promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in both human and planetary health research and practice. Dr. Redvers sits on the Canada Research Coordinating Committees’ Indigenous Leadership Circle in Research (ILCR), the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health advisory committee (NCCIH-AC), and is a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health as well as the Lancet Commission on the Prevention of Viral Spillover. She additionally sits on the steering committee for the Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) based out of John Hopkins, is an advisory member to the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on embedding ethics in health and climate change, is a council member within the Virchow Foundation for Global Health Council, and co-chairs the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Planetary Health Committee. Her scholarly work engages a breadth of scholarly projects attempting to bridge gaps between Indigenous and Western ways of knowing as it pertains to individual, community and planetary health. Dr. Redvers is the author of the trade paperback book titled, ‘The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles’.

Dominique Charron is a leading thinker in global problems at the interface of human and animal health, ecosystems, climate change and sustainability. She is a Visiting Scholar in One Health at the University of Guelph. She is a member and former Rapporteur of the One Health High-Level Expert Panel that advises the Quadripartite International organizations (WHO, FAO, UNEP and World Organization for Animal Health), and a director of the McEachran Institute, a think tank focused on education for improved animal health. Previously, she was Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships, of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a research funding agency that is part of Canada’s official international assistance. While there, she transformed program strategy (including to respond to the pandemic) and championed gender equality and inclusion. Dr Charron has led research on food security, climate change adaptation, global health, and Ecohealth. She holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology.

Carlos E. Sanchez-Pimienta (he/him) is a Vanier Scholar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, and Doctoral Candidate in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences program of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Carlos is interested in re-imagining what (public) health education can be like in the current planetary crises. His inspiration comes from working with Indigenous communities in Canada and Mexico toward cultural and ecological resurgence.

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