Science plenary – Tracey Galloway
Credit: Arctic Frontiers
Indigenous-led, interdisciplinary research advances understanding of climate-related impacts on food security and well-being in Arctic communities.
People living in Arctic regions rely on foods harvested from the lands and waters for their subsistence and livelihoods. Access to these resources is an essential component of Indigenous self-determination and a right affirmed within the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as the rights to traditional lands and the practice of traditional cultures. Climate changes in the Arctic have complex ecosystem impacts that affect the exercise of these rights. We draw on recent examples of collaborative scholarly practice to advance a model of food security research that reflects an epistemology framed within the principles set out in UNDRIP. Indigenous leadership in research contexts reflects funding and governance structures that locate the control of the research within the hands of Indigenous decision-makers. Interdisciplinarity is a key component of this model, wherein Indigenous and social science approaches contextualize human responses to ecosystem impacts and examine key considerations of policy and practice within the historical and social dimensions that inform them.
Speaker: Tracey Galloway Assistant professor, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor Tracey Galloway is a community health scholar whose research addresses the health priorities of circumpolar Indigenous people. Her research program involves reduction of the impact of chronic disease through applied health policy research. Current projects include evaluation of the impact of the Nutrition North Canada food subsidy program on food security; qualitative assessment of Inuit people’s health care experiences; and analysis of the role of transportation infrastructure as a mediator of health service access for Indigenous people living in remote, northern communities. Galloway has a track record of respectful engagement and successful collaboration with northern communities and organizations. Through research and advocacy, she maintains close working relationships with health experts and policy-makers in Canada’s Inuit regions. She works closely with government, land claim and Indigenous organizations in Canada’s territories and is Expert Consultant to the National Inuit Food Security Working Group and the Nunavut Food Security Coalition.
Dr. Galloway currently holds an early career salary award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute for Indigenous People’s Health. She regularly participates as Reviewer and Scientific Officer for Canada’s Tri-Council funding agencies. She is an active member of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and an Editor for the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. She is a recognized scholar in the area of Inuit growth and metabolism, and leads a team of international scholars in ongoing comparison of obesity and metabolic risk among Inuit living in Alaska, Canada and Greenland.