This is us!
Erin Konsmo, Research Partner
Erin is a Métis Indigenous feminist from Innisfail, Alberta. She is the Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is currently the Alberta representative on the National Aboriginal Youth Council on HIV/AIDS and is part of a community-based research project looking at Aboriginal HIV/AIDS in central Alberta called “Voices from the Fire: Vision in Truth”. Outside of school work she is engaged as an activist for indigenous youth, human rights, feminism, compassion, and likes to spend time expressing herself through indigenous art.
Randy Jackson, Research Partner
Randy is a member of the Chippewas’ of Kettle and Stony Point in southwestern Ontario. Randy is a qualitative researcher working exclusively in the area of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities – and particularly in the area of “lived experience”. Randy has training in sociology from the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba and has worked at the HIV/AIDS community level for over 14 years. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD focused on social justice in the School of Social Work at McMaster University. For fun, Randy loves to travel, enjoys the creative process of photography and keeps fit by jogging.
Jean-Paul Restoule, Research Partner
Jean-Paul is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and French-Canadian and a member of the Dokis First Nation. He is an Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Education at OISE/UT and father of two children. He likes biking the Don Trail with his toddler and listening to Built to Spill.
Sarah Flicker, Principal Investigator of Research
Sarah is a professor at York University. Her research is focused on youth and HIV prevention and support. She loves to make pottery, bike, hike and play with her cat. His name is Trouble.
Jesse Thistle, Research Assistant
Jesse is a Metis/Cree from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He is currently an undergraduate student at York University where he studies Indigenous history and cultural anthropology. Jesse is also a research assistant for Taking Action II and believes strongly in our mission, citing: “I really like the fact that the project is a collaborative effort run by Indigenous people. I also love the fact that the project includes people who are not Indigenous, but who know first hand the issues pertaining to HIV. That well-rounded inclusiveness is very noble, it’s also very important to understanding and combating HIV.”
Ciann Wilson, Research Assistant
Ciann Wilson is a PhD student at York University. Her research interests include race, racism, colonization, youth, community health, and HIV prevention. Ciann is currently a student representative for the Lamarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York, where she helps to organize student-centred seminars and workshops. Ciann also co-chairs the student-organized mentorship, support and advocacy network the Accessibility Community Equity (ACE) committee. Ciann likes to listen to music, hike, take pictures of landscapes and spend time with her family.
Fallon Andy, Research Assistant
Fallon Andy is a fourth year Visual Arts major at York University. Her roots are planted in Couchiching First Nation, Treaty #3, Northern Ontario. She is Ojibwa/Anishinaabe. Fallon is a socio-political activist working towards empowering the indigenous nation through achieving justice within the arts. She is firmly on her way with a head-start given to her by the St. Petersburg Hermitage Art Foundation; she has been awarded the young artists program taking place at the museum and has won a chance to study in Russia on a scholarship. Through video and drawing work Fallon reclaims, redefines, and brings historical as well current justice to her community. Here are some of Fallon’s thoughts regarding the direction and purpose of Taking Action II: “Taking action was a fun collaborative youth based approach to how indigenous communities understood hiv, healthy sexuality, and colonization within their traditional territories. Taking action brought youth together from across Canada to engage the group in a holistic healing process with the intention of strengthening our communities starting with the youth.”
June Larkin, Research Partner
June teaches courses in Equity Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She coordinates the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Project (GAAP) which supports youth who have really cool ideas for doing HIV prevention work.
Tracey Prentice, Research Partner
Tracey is a qualitative community-based researcher with a commitment to social justice. For more than 5 years she has worked with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and its partners to better understand the drivers and the impacts of HIV/AIDS on Canadian Aboriginal communities, particularly for youth and women. Tracey has an MA in Anthropology and is currently completing her PhD in Population Health at the University of Ottawa. For fun, Tracey likes to travel, keep fit and explore the world under water (scuba dive).
Claudia Mitchell, Research Partner
Claudia is a professor in the Faculty of Education, McGill University. Her research areas include participatory and visual research methodologies in the context of youth, gender and HIV and AIDS, gender-based violence and schooling, girlhood studies, and teachers’ self-study.
Vanessa Oliver, Research Partner
Vanessa Oliver is a researcher with the St. Michael’s Hospital Centre for Research on Inner City Health. Her work focuses on youth, homelessness, sexual health and arts-based research. Vanessa is super excited to be working with Taking Action and to be meeting so many amazing young people! In her spare time, she likes traveling, napping, ice cream, CBC Radio 1, and, most of all, her dog, Sadie.