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2023-24 Health Sciences Seminar Series – Dr. Michael A. Robidoux

October 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location:This event will take place over Zoom (please see registration button below)

The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the next seminar in our 2023-24 Health Sciences Seminar Series, and this event will be via Zoom (see registration buttons below).

Small-Scale Personal Gardening Development as a Local Food Sustainability Strategy for the Moose Cree First Nation


The challenges northern remote communities in Canada face acquiring regular access to affordable and healthy food have been well documented. Our Indigenous Health Research Group made up of an informal network of researchers from universities across Canada, has partnered with northern communities, Tribal Councils and Political organizations (AFN, NAN) in Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Ontario since 2004 to document and support local land-based food strategies to increase local food capacity. While much of this work has focused on supporting traditional food harvesting efforts, many community partners are seeking to develop small scale gardening to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables. As part of a five-year project supporting local food initiatives in four communities in northern Canada (Northwest Territories and northern Ontario), we worked with the Moose Cree First Nation in Moose Factory, Ontario and their local Food Developer to support food sustainability planning. The research presented in this presentation describes the collaborative efforts between Moose Cree First Nation Band Council leadership, community members and our research group in support of local garden development as part of their local food sustainability strategy. With the guidance and engagement of community, we worked with families in Moose Factory to build and plant family-centered gardens. The presentation will focus on start-up engagement strategies, garden uptake, garden construction and planting activities, garden yields, and individual feedback from gardeners describing their experiences with the project.


Dr. Michael A. Robidoux
Full Professor
Director and Associate Dean
School of Human Kinetics
Faculty of Health Science
University of Ottawa