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We work on a number of community-based projects that enable Indigenous communities to address their environment and health concerns. Here are some examples of the research topics we work on, as they relate to the health of Indigenous peoples:

  • Health and social inequity
  • Social determinants of health
  • Environmental dispossession
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Knowledge translation
  • Inclusive policy
  • Social support
  • Community belonging
  • Food security
  • Critical population health
  • Poverty reduction


One of the exciting projects we’ve been working on is the creation of a documentary film, Gifts from the Elders.   Please see our companion website for more information about the film!


Selected publications

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Richmond C.A.M., Smith, D. and The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health (2012) Sense of Belonging in the Urban School Environments of Aboriginal Youth.  International Indigenous Policy Journal, 3 (1).

Finkelstein S*., Forbes D., Richmond C.A.M.  (2012)  Formal Dementia Care among First Nations in Southwestern Ontario, Canadian Journal on Aging, 30 (3).

Kulmann, K.A.*, Richmond C.A.M.  (2011).  Addressing the persistence of Tuberculosis Among the Canadian Inuit Population: The need for a social determinants of health framework.  International Indigenous Policy Journal.

Zhou, AW*, Boshart, S, Seelisch, J, Eshaghian, R, McLeod, R, Nisker, J, Richmond, C.A.M, Howard, JM.  (2011).  Efficacy of a 3-hour Aboriginal health teaching in the medical curriculum: Are we changing student knowledge and attitudes?  Health Education Journal.

Richmond C., Big-Canoe K*. (2010). The social determinants of Aboriginal health:  Defining a research Agenda for Canada’s Urban Population.  In White, Jerry, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon and Peter Dinsdale. (April 2010). Aboriginal Policy Research: Urban Perspectives, Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing. 

Richmond, C.A.M.  (2009)  The social determinants of Inuit health: A focus on social support in the Canadian Arctic.  International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 68 (5): 471-487.

Richmond, C.A.M., Ross, N.A. (2009) The determinants of First Nation and Inuit health: A critical population health approach. Health & Place, 15:403–411.

Richmond C. (2008) Explaining the paradox of health and social support among Aboriginal Canadians.  Canadian Issues, Winter: 65-71.

Richmond C.A.M., Ross NA. (2008) Social support, material circumstance and health behaviour: Influences on health in First Nation and Inuit Communities of Canada.   Social Science & Medicine, 67: 1423–1433.

Richmond C, Ross NA, Egeland GM. (2007) Societal resources and thriving health: A new approach for understanding the health of Indigenous Canadians.  American Journal of Public Health, 97 (10): 1827-1833.

Richmond C. (2007) Narratives of Social Support and Health in Aboriginal Communities.  Canadian Journal of Public Health, 98 (4): 347-51.

Frohlich K, Ross NA, Richmond C. (2006) Health disparities in Canada today: Some evidence and a theoretical framework. Health Policy, 79 (2-3): 132-143.

Richmond C, Elliott SJ, Mathews R, Elliott B. (2005) The political ecology of health: Perceptions of environment, economy, health and well-being among 'Namgis First Nation. Health & Place, 11(4): 349-365.