The Art and Science of Indigenous Health

Speaker information

Élyse Caron-Beaudoin, M.Sc. PhD Candidate
INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier
Department of Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Pharmacology
Universite de Montreal
Universite de Montreal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM)

Élyse Caron-Beaudoin is a PhD student at the Department of Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Pharmacology, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier. Her research projects focus on the endocrine disrupting mechanisms of several environmental contaminants, like widely-used pesticides and chemicals from industrial activities. As an MSc student, she also studied sources, exposure pathways and bioaccumulation of brominated flame retardants in urban and agricultural areas. Her fields of expertise include environmental toxicology, toxicology and ecology. Elyse is also a co-investigator at the Universite de Montreal Public Health Research Institute where she is in charge of a pilot study evaluating exposure to contaminants related with unconventional natural gas exploitation during pregnancy in Northeast British Columbia. Other than her work in toxicology and public health, Elyse is a lecturer at Université du Quebec à Montréal where she presents a course on mine drainage issues.

Caleb Behn (Eh-cho Dene & Dunne-Za), Executive Director-Keepers of The Water

Caleb Behn is Eh-cho Dene and Dunne-Za from Treaty No. 8 in Northeastern BC.  He is the Executive Director of the ‘Keepers of The Water’, an indigenous led grassroots organization dedicated to protecting water in the Arctic Basin.  Caleb graduated from the University of Victoria Law Program holding a Concentration in Environmental Law and Sustainability.  He is the subject of the award winning documentary film “Fractured Land”.  His current research focuses upon unconventional energy, indigenous health and water governance.

Ryan Dickie– Photographer

Ryan Dickie is a self-taught wilderness photographer based in British Columbia, CanadaAn emerging photographer, Ryan has been consistently adding to a diversified portfolio, which includes more-and-more video and film content in an effort to exemplify his experiences in the wild. His work has been published in Canadian Geographic, British Columbia Magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada and various tourism and marketing platforms throughout Western Canada. Ryan is of Kwakwaka’wakw and Dene ancestry, and is a member of the Hunt family of Fort Rupert on north Vancouver Island.