I first started research with Indigenous partners and communities soon after joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Since this time, my research and partnerships have continued to grow in this area resulting in a Centennial Enhancement Chair in Water Stewardship for Indigenous Communities in 2018. My research team’s Indigenous projects have moved beyond only water with areas including indoor radon gas exposures (Project #1); water and wastewater (Project #2); community co-design (Project #3); and engineering infrastructure assessment and ACRS reporting (Other Projects).
Project #1: Assessing indoor exposure to radon gas and related health impacts at Red Earth Cree Nation, Saskatchewan Collaborator: Quiyan Yuan (University of Manitoba) Partners: Red Earth Cree Nation, Prince Albert Grand Council, and Indigenous Services Canada Funding: First Nations Contaminants Program Personnel: Moe Elrahifi (MSc)
Project #2: Clean water for Indigenous communities of Saskatchewan Collaborator: Terry Fonstad (CGEE) Partner: File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, File Hills EcDev Funding: RBC Blue Water Program Personnel: Connor Theoret (MSc) and Tim Vogel (MSc completed)
Project #3: Muskoday First Nation and Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Community Co-Design Collaborators: Terry Fonstad (CGEE), Lori Bradford (SENS), and Wanda Martin (Nursing) Partners: Muskoday First Nation, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, I.R. Project Management, BCL Engineering Ltd., and Indigenous Services Canada Funding: Contracts with each community Personnel: Tanya LaBelle (PhD), Shannon Hyslop (MSc with W.M.), Derek Thiessen (PhD with L.B.), and Tim Vogel (Study Coordinator and PhD) Other Projects: Engineering Infrastructure Assessment (working title) and ACRS reporting Collaborator: Emanuele Sacchi (CGEE) and Kerry Black (University of Calgary) Partners: Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and Saskatchewan First Nations Technical Services Co-Operative Ltd. (SFNTSC) Funding: Contracts and CEC Personnel: Tim Vogel (PhD) and Iman Gharraie (MSc)